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3. Any Asian will do

Granted, there weren’t a lot of Korean actors floating around Hollywood at the time, so the producers hired a range of Asian ethnicities to play those parts. For example, Soon-Li, Klinger’s girlfriend/wife, was played by second-generation Chinese-American actress Rosalind Chao. Mako Iwamatsu, a Japanese born actor, played a range of roles including a Chinese Army surgeon, a North Korean soldier and a South Korean Army officer. Japanese-American Pat Morita (of Happy Days and Karate Kid fame) had a role as South Korean Army Captain Sam Pak. The only real Korean actor on the show was Soon Tek Oh, who played various North and South Korean roles.

Pat Morita on Mash

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