Keiko is a former member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. Members of the cabinet help out using their talents and resources in furthering the cause of the organization.
Keiko was involved with the Blacklava clothing company, an organization active against racial stereotyping.
One of Keiko's favorite bands is Los Desnudos, which is the band her husband is a part of.
Believe it or not, Keiko is only 6 years younger than actress Lauren Graham, her co-star on Gilmore Girls. Amazingly, Keiko was 27 when the series began in 2000, yet her character Lane Kim was only 16.
Keiko was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.
Keiko's favorite drinks include Sake, Lemondrop, Chianti and Bud Light. She is obsessed with coffee, especially cafe mochas.
Keiko began theatre acting at the age of 10. She had a small part in the play called The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
She enjoys riding her motorcycle around Los Angeles.
She attended Whitman College for one year as a drama major.
She has been married since December 19, 2005 to Shin Kawasaki. They got married inside a helicopter flying over Las Vegas, Nevada.
She was a wardrobe assistant for the 2003 film Man Who Invented the Moon.
She is 5'1" in height.
She is involved in charity work for KPCC, the Southern California NPR affiliate.
Keiko was featured on the cover of Steppin' Out Magazine. She was also featured in Parade Magazine in the December 2002 issue.
Keiko won the Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actress Performance in a TV Drama in 2002.
Keiko was nominated for Choice TV Sidekick at the Teen Choice Awards three years in a row, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Her guilty pleasure is a popular snack in Hawaii, that consists of pickled fruits like mangos, cherries and plums, called Seed.
She loves to play the card game "Bounce" and the computer game "Civilizations".
She is good friends with Alyssa Milano.
Keiko: As an actor, you have certain responsibilities to choose roles that will be positive images. I wouldn't do anything that was stereotypical or demeaning.
Keiko: There are challenges -- one of the dangers of getting married so young is giving up your dreams, or getting settled too soon... I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to get married at young age.
Keiko: I think people become more well-rounded the more time you invest in learning about [your parents].
Keiko: (about the "Gilmore Girls" cast) It's a happy cast, I'm so fortunate.
Keiko: Being an Asian-American actor doesn't make it more difficult. I see it as an opportunity. And a chance to help other Asian-American actors coming along.
Keiko: Ever since I found out I got the part on Gilmore Girls, my life has been changing in so many ways. It seems as though all we get is good news. I'm just so grateful to be a part of it. It's a wholesome show with an edge. I have no idea how we pull it off.
Keiko: Being on a successful show is kind of like being a sea turtle. Every year sea turtles lay hundreds and hundreds of eggs but only a few manage to survive and mature. It's the same with TV pilots. There are so many great ideas, but for whatever reason only the lucky ones get picked up. I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but that's how it feels to me.
Keiko: I am really fortunate to have parents who supported my plan to become an actress when I was a little kid. And then there was my Grandma. She was the best. She was always there and ready to drive me to all my plays and stuff.
Keiko: I've learned a lot of things from Lane. For starters, she has this great friendship with Rory - this incredible female bond. Before the show I was a bit of a tomboy and most of my friends were guys. Now, however, I am still a tomboy, but I have started having some really great friendships with girls as well as guys.
Keiko: The women I admire most in this business are Susan Sarandon, Bette Midler and Winona Ryder. Susan Sarandon because she's, well, Susan Sarandon. Winona because she's never compromised herself by showing her body in any of her love scenes, and Bette Midler because she has such a varied life. Her family, her marriage and her career are all priorities.