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Li-Ming Hu


Born to Chinese and Singaporian parents, Li-Ming Hu found fame on Shortland Street, playing “mean and cantankerous” medical student turned doctor Li Mei Chen. Over three years on the soap, she also wrote some episodes. Her CV includes two seasons of political satire Spin Doctors, and award-winning short film Take 3 (playing a typecast Asian actor). She has presented music shows and competed on Treasure Island. Off-screen, she was in band The Tockey Tones, and has a Masters in History. Having relocated to the United States to continue studies in Fine Arts, Hu is also a visual and performance artist.

I have a lot of fun playing Li Mei. She's quite rude which is fun because in real life you never have the opportunity to behave like that — it's really liberating and very funny. But Li Mei also has a softer, more complicated side. Li-Ming Hu on her role in Shortland Street, The Dominion Post, 18 March 2003, page 15