It was a family affair as Ming-Na Wen received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During Tuesday's ceremony, Wen's Joy Luck Club sisters — Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao and Lauren Tom — were on hand to celebrate the actress and reminisce about co-starring together in the groundbreaking 1993 family drama, which gave Wen her breakout role.
"It has truly been joy and luck to know Ming-Na Wen and to be in your orbit," Tomita said. "We came up together in a time when there were very few Asian American actresses, so the presumption was that we were all rivals. But the truth is that we all knew we could only do our best, and that we all win some, we lose some. It was never about competition."
"We are a very, very, very, very special club of joy and luck," added Tomita, "but it is Ming-Na Wen who made us feel like sisters."
Chao said during her speech, "We're here today because of her dedication to our sisterhood. Our sisterhood has been forged from our entwined past, present, and future. Ming, you've been a trailblazer and you've worked so hard for this moment. You deserve this, and we could not be more proud of you."
"I hope everyone finds their 'Joy Luck Club.' My heart is so full of love and gratitude to these magnificent and talented women I am lucky to have as my friends for 30 years," Wen later wrote on social media, thanking her former co-stars for their tributes. "Your speeches made me and everyone else cry and laugh. Something the four of us know how to do all too well when we are together. May we share another 30 years of joy and laughter!!"
Kieu Chinh, Wen's on-screen mother in Joy Luck Club, was also in attendance, as was her actual mother, Lin Chan Wen. The guest list also included Wen's Mulan co-star, James Hong, who only just received his own star last year at the age of 93. Wen joins Hong, Anna May Wong, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu as Asian performers on the Walk of Fame.
"I can't wait for the days when you all get your stars, because you all deserve it," Wen told her Joy Luck Club co-stars during her own speech. "You've all kicked ass for so many years, as much as I have. We need to pave this Hollywood Boulevard with more Asian talents!"