It’s nice to slowly see more Asian representation in mainstream media. Michelle Yeoh is boldly going where no Asian woman has gone before.

In “Star Trek: Discovery” premiering Sunday on CBS, Michelle Yeoh will be playing Captain Georgiou of the starship Shenzhou. Viewers around the world who look up to, and look like, the Malaysian-born actress since Philippa Georgiou is the first Asian female in the franchise to hold such a prominent position.

Michelle Yeoh tells the Daily News:

“I understand when I’m sitting in that chair and I’m coming across as an Asian woman captain, it means so much to women of Asian descent everywhere around the world. Because it just tells them that we are recognized to be in a position of power. It is very empowering and it is very inspirational. In the past I didn’t used to think about it, but now I can understand how powerful a motivator it is, especially for (young girls). They’ll think, ‘If she can do this, I can do this.’”

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