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Asian-American model-turned-actress Suzee Pai has the distinction of being Penthouse magazine’s first Asian Pet of the Month, as well as their first Asian cover girl, since she also graced her Pet issue’s cover (above).

After her appearance as the January 1981 Pet of the Month, Suzee went on to an acting career that lasted through to the early 90s, with her most notable role as Miao Yin in 1986′s now-cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. Her last known film role was in the 1993 TV movie Extralarge: Ninja Shadow and she now resides in the “Whatever Happened to..?” file.

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Arguably, Ming Na Wen’s steamiest film scene to date, was this one from 1997′s One Night Stand. Here, the then-33-year-old Joy Luck Club alumna gives Wesley Snipes (who married an Asian lady six years later) a nice riding, which leaves her tired and (finally) topless.

As covered in this December 2013 post, the now-51-year-old Miss Wen can be seen, looking as good as ever, on the sci-fi action drama Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 9:00PM Tuesday evenings, for those of you in the US.

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Going back to 1973, here’s then-25ish character actress Momo Yashima playing an applicant for a housekeeping job in the home of Felix and Oscar on the classic US sitcom, The Odd Couple. Even though lines like “how do you make those radios so small?” and “I’ll take the cute Oriental from column A ..” may not go over well in today’s more culturally-sensitive world, this scene, enhanced with Miss Hanogi’s laugh, is a gem.

As with many Asian-American actresses of the 1970s; Miss Yashima, who’s still alive and well at 66, was restricted to character roles and appeared on M*A*S*H a time or two. See her credits at her IMDb page.

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In this 1990 episode of Married… with Children we have a then-23 year-old Tia Carrere as ruthlessly ambitious model Piper Bauman. In this scene, Piper uses her assets to get the brother of her rival Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate), to tip her off about the “Bundy Bounce,” which she steals to get a lucrative modeling gig.

Tia (first featured at the old site here and then again in a follow-up that includes the photos from her January 2003 Playboy magazine spread) is also a Grammy award-winning singer, and has been continually active in show biz since the mid-80s. Many consider her role as Cassandra Wong in 1992′s Wayne’s World and its sequel the following year, her best-known. Her official website hasn’t be updated in several months but she’s still active on Twitter.

For those interested; the lady evaluating Tia’s bounce in none other than Tina Louise (you know; Ginger Grant from Gilligan’s Island) and Debbie Dunning (Heidi the “Tool Girl” from Tool Time) is also featured in this episode.

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Here are the opening scenes from 1992′s Kekko Kamen 2, featuring Chris Aoki (please don’t confuse with the male golfer of the same name) in the title role and Rie Nakano as Mayumi Takahashi, the hapless and nubile schoolgirl Kekko often rescues from the perilous perverted predicaments she finds herself in. Kekko’s “Muffication Squeeze” (called that even though she’s always appeared to be sans muff, in the comic books and on film) that we see her employing just after the 3-minute mark here, is her “finishing move.” Even though Miss Aoki is no female Bruce Lee, she also gives a decent display of her nunchaku skills, as that is another thing the character is known for.

A former Playboy Playmate in the magazine’s Japanese edition (now defunct), Chris Aoki was the first of the now five actresses to play Kekko Kamen. See this post at the old site for info on them and the films through 2007. Miss Aoki, who turns 47 next month, now resides in the “Whatever Happened to..?” file but at least you can see what she looked like circa 1992, without the mask at this post at the old site. For those interested, the latest entry in the Kekko Kamen franchise was 2012′s Mask the Kekkou: Reborn starring gravure-to-JAV idol Aino Kishi, who was featured at the old site in September of 2009.

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It was 10 years ago today that popular Korean actress Lee-Eun-ju ended her own life when she hanged herself at her home in Seongman. Her suicide began a sort of “trend” of Korean celebrity suicides that followed over the next several years (as covered at the old site), the most notable being the October 2008 suicide of top actress Choi Jin-sil, who was know as the “Nation’s Actress.”

Above is Miss Lee’s final film scene in 2004′s The Scarlet Letter. In this scene, her character, Ga-hee, asks her police detective lover (played by Han Suk-kyu) to kill her after she miscarries. SPOILER ALERT: Since he doesn’t want to do it and refuses, we can assume that the gunshot heard at the end of this scene is fired by Ga-hee.

Four months after The Scarlet Letter was released, Miss Lee, like her character in the movie, took her own life. It was reported that she had regrets over the racy nude scenes she did for the film, which those close to her believe may have been one of the factors for her suicide.

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The above circa 1940 video of Chinese-American burlesque queen Noel Toy performing her famous fan dance, makes it clear to see why she was was often billed as “The Chinese Sally Rand.”

Undoubtedly the most famous Asian-American Burlesque performer of her time, Miss Toy began her show biz career as a photographer’s nude model at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Since Asian nude models were a rarity at the time, word soon spread around the San Francisco Bay Area and Noel was contacted by the owner of “Forbidden City,” a once-popular nightclub in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Believing Noel was just what he needed to spice up his club, the owner offered her 50 dollars a week (good money for that time) to headline at Forbidden City, which is where she first became known as the Chinese Sally Rand. There, she made famous her fan and “bubble dances,” the latter in which she used large balloons, rather than fans. According to Miss Toy, some customers were successful in popping her balloons with their cigarettes “but they also go it on their bill.”

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To start off 2015′s Throwback Thursday posts, here a gem from May of 1980 featuring a then-33 year-old Connie Chung, delivering stories on a couple of long-forgotten names in the news. Connie occupied the KNXT Channel 2 in Los Angeles (now KCBS) anchor chair from 1976-1983. The station’s news anchor alumni includes many recognizable names, including Connie’s now-husband who currently hosts a successful trash TV talk show.

Connie is often credited for paving the way for a lot of Asian-American news journalists since she began her career back in the early 70s, as a correspondent for the CBS Evening News, then anchored by the iconic Walter Cronkite. A few of her more notable interviews were with Claus von Bülow, Magic Johnson, and Martina Navratilova. Probably her best (but not fondly) remembered pairing was with Dan Rather when they did the CBS Evening News together from 1993-1995. Her most infamous stunt was her farewell to her and her hubby’s short-lived 2006 talk show, when she “sang” a lyrically-altered version of “Thanks for the Memory” in an evening gown.

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In the above scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam war classic Full Metal Jacket, Papillon Soo Soo speaks the iconic lines that have since amused and infuriated Asian ladies all over the Western world.

This was the second of only three films the British-born actress and model appeared in. The first was the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill and 1992′s Split Second was her third and final. The song playing in this scene is Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and the songs you’ve undoubtedly heard samples of Papillon’s (in)famous spoken lines in are 2 Live Crew’s “Me So Horny” and Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

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This currently airing 30-second spot for Discover Card has actress Stephanie Hsu playing a dual role as a cardholder asking about her cashback bonus and as a rep explaining it to her.

Why did the producers of this ad hire one girl to play both roles? Were they too cheap to pay two actresses? Did they want viewers to think there are twins here like in that other Discover Card commercial (with Sinab and Meltem Gulturk)? Perhaps it has something to do with Discover Card’s ad slogan; “At Discover, we treat you like you’d treat you.” Maybe Stephanie can say for sure. Ask her on Twitter. Also see more of her at her IMDb page and her official website. You may have also caught Stephanie playing a not-too-concerned babysitter in another recent commercial for Nest smoke alarms. It’s wrong but funny.

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