Second of two parts
When "The Green Hornet," the old radio and comic book series about the masked white vigilante, was turned into a television series in 1966-'67, Japanese-American actor Mako played the Chinese Low Sing, while Chinese-American and Hong Kong actor Bruce Lee played the Japanese Kato. You gotta love Hollywood!
It has never mattered very much to the moguls of schlock "what part Asia you from." The race barrier for blacks has been broken for decades, thanks to the pioneering work of such brilliant actors as Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier and others. Roles for blacks are no longer race specific. Black actors have played top spies and presidents. Morgan Freeman has even played God.