November 20, 2006
The number one show on TV has some pretty good Asian representation. Masi Oka plays the character of "Hiro," a Japanese office worker who one day discovers that he has the ability to bend time, jump backwards and forwards into the future and the past, and teleport.
What makes the representation so good is that Hiro is a three dimensional character who is trying to find his place in the world. Unlike stereotypical Asian male characters (Fu Manchu, Charlie Chan, and any Asian male character created by people like Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, and David Henry Hwang), Hiro believes in a higher purpose and he seeks to find it. He is open to what life has to show him, and he tries to use his powers to help others.
Props to NBC for airing this excellent show!