Welcome to Toisan Pride

Toisanese (Hoisanese is the REAL pronunciation; and Mandarin speakers call it "Taishan" or Taishanese") were among the first Chinese-Cantonese immigrants to hail to the United States from the Guangdong/Guangzhou Province of Southern China in the Pearl River Delta, west of Hong Kong.

Many Hoisanese immigrants came to the U.S. starting in the 19th century to help build railroads, and eventually stayed to establish laundromats, restaurants, etc. and worked hard to build a better future for their families. Some famous Hoisan folks include: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chef Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook); Hawaii Senator Hiram Fong, Hong Kong Martial Artist Donnie Yen (star of IP MAN), Actor James Hong, Former California Treasurer Matt Fong; Actress Anna May Wong. For more Toisan/Taishan background history, click on Wikipedia.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Some day, I plan on updating it but Blogger isn't the greatest with blog templates so I appreciate your patience! I welcome comments, stories, photos, Toisanese/Say-Yip history, anything about our wonderful people to toisangirl@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Toisanese DS9 Star Trek Alien

So I was a real alien at some point in my life, a Cardassian to be exact - on an episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine in the 90s.  In between "real" jobs, I signed up for extra casting work for movies and tv shows with Central Casting in Burbank thanks to fellow UCLA alum Ken Wada (who did it as part-time work)   My first month, I landed a prime extra role on the sci-fi episode where Miles O'Brien's character was captured by the Cardassians and he was unjustly put on trial before a jury.  I was one of three Cardassians on the jury directed by Avery Brooks.  Series regular Rosalind Chao (who plays Miles O'Brien's wife, she was also in Joy Luck Club) was also on the set and everyone was very cordial.
It was a long but fun 14-hour day at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.  It took 3 hours just to do my Cardassian make-up, which was cool. 
After this stint, I landed another extra role for a TV movie of the week starring Anne Archer as a doctor.   I was a Vietnamese daughter crying at the sight of my father dying on the surgery table.  Too bad my scene got axed  in the cutting room floor, but I got my SAG card out of it. After this, the only flicks that needed extras were B-movies like "Reform School Girls" -- uh, no thanks.  So that was my brief stint as an alien for Star Trek! 


  1. Do you miss it at all Nancy? I remembered how good you were when I was briefly part of the "Growing Light" ministry at Evergreen.

  2. I miss it alittle - it feels like that was a past life so many moons ago. I guess the new chapter of my life in Hawaii is channeling my energy into writing, parenting and driving through potholes.