Today In Disney History ~ November 20th
Ming-Na Wen is an American actress. (She has been credited with and without her family name “Wen”, but most credits since the late 1990s have been without it. She has been known by such variants of her name as Ming-Na, Ming Na, Ming Na Wen and Ming Wen.) She is known for voicing Fa Mulan, one of the Disney Princesses, in the films Mulan and Mulan II, the video game Kingdom Hearts II, and more recently on a guest appearance in the Disney animated series Sofia the First. She is also known for her role as Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on the medical drama series ER.
She was the series lead of the show Inconceivable, a medical drama that was aired on NBC, but the show was short-lived. The show is one of the few American television shows with an Asian American series lead. She is also known for her roles on the main casts of the animated series The Batman and the sci-fi series Stargate Universe. As of 2013, she stars as Melinda May in the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Besides television, she is notable for starring in the films The Joy Luck Club, Street Fighter, and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
Wen was born on Wednesday, November 20, 1963 on Coloane and lived in Hong Kong with her mother, Lin Chan, who worked as a nurse, and her older brother, Jonathan. She later moved to the United States as a child with her mother, brother, and stepfather Soo Lim Yee, first to Harlem, New York, where her younger brother, Leong, was born, and then to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wen attended high school in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. During her teen years she worked at her stepfather’s family’s restaurant called Chinatown Inn in downtown Pittsburgh’s Chinatown, which her family still runs today.
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