11/20/1963, Coloane Island, Macau

Birth Name

Ming-Na Wen



Also Known As

Ming-Na Wen, Ming Wen, Ming Na
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Ming-Na Wen was born on Coloane Island, Macau (an island under Portuguese rule that was later returned to China) on November 20, 1963. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was a young child. After the divorce, Ming-Na and her family moved to Hong Kong…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2001, Ming-Na was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role on E.R..

    • While starring on The Single Guy and ER, Ming-Na appeared in 5 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. Her topics were sexually transmitted diseases, prejudice, parental involvment, family communication, and reading.

    • Ming-Na formed Innovazian Records, which promotes and produces Asian-American musical talent.

    • Ming-Na's daughter, Michaela, was born on November 21, 2000.

    • In People magazine, Ming-Na was included in their list of the fifty most beautiful people.

    • Ming-Na enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, decorating and photography.

    • Ming-Na's brother, Jonathan, and half-brother, Leong, manage Chinatown Inn restaurant in Pittsburgh.

    • Ming-na's son Cooper Dominic was born on October 13, 2005.

    • Ming-Na starred in the movie, based on the novel, The Joy Luck Club. She met her husband, Eric Michael Zee, at the movie's premiere.

    • Also, Ming-Na will be repraising her role as Mulan in Kingdom Hearts II. The 2005 Sequel to the critically acclaimed Kingdom Hearts PS2 rpg game (2003). Along with this, the world of Mulan will be a new location for Sora and his gang to visit.

    • Ming-Na manages a Asian boy band called At Last.

    • Height: 5'4" (1.63m).

  • Quotes

    • Ming-Na: I'm very interested in Asian-American stories, because there's just not enough of them. We're part of America, we're not foreigners. My parents' restaurant has been in Pittsburgh for three generations.

    • (on why she changed her name)
      Ming-Na: I had the Yees on one side and Zees on the other, and I was the only Wen. Wen was my real father's last name and it didn't fit anymore. For whatever psychological reason, I was holding onto that name, and I wanted to get rid of it. It didn't feel right to keep it for professional reasons. So now I'm like Ann-Margret, because she's got the hyphen, too. I'm the Asian Ann-Margret.

    • Ming-Na: My mother reads faces. When I was born she told me that because I have this particular nose and the way my eyes and eyebrows are shaped, she always knew I was going to get in to the arts. So when I was growing up and had an interest in anything besides the arts she would try to encourage me to do the other thing, but deep in her heart she always knew that this was my destiny.

    • (About first stage experience)
      Ming-Na: When I did this funny bit, the audience responded with laughter and applause and I was hooked.

  • Hope that she will really break big in Vanished!

    After a stint on ER, The Single Guy, and the very short-lived Inconceivable, I hope and pray that Ming-Na will

    Be big as well as really get the attention and notices

    That she will get thanks to a great show on FOX called Vanished as it does look very good

    She isn't just pretty but very talented and she deserves to be the lead as there are very few Asians that are in the lead(I am part-Asian myself for the record!!)moreless
  • great

    I really like her, I loved Chen, i really wish she was still on ER,I have seen a few of her other roles and loved her in them Chen has to be my favorite,I really think it was one of the better all time charecters on ER, both stints ere really great, I really wish she would not of left the show