Michele Yu and Cindy Chao come as a package deal. Friends and work partners, they’ve served as Production Designers on numerous movies and television shows, and count among their credits The Fuzees, Much Ado About Nothing, Grandma, and A Black Lady Sketch Show (for which they earned an Emmy nomination). Their latest project is the new Disney+ series American Born Chinese, or ABC for short.
ABC is a real game-changer for the duo. It’s by far their highest-profile gig yet, and it should not be lost on anyone that there’s something special about two Asian American women working on a show featuring Asian Americans both in front of and behind the camera. Their stellar work on ABC helps bring the pages of Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel to vivid life, meaning scenes set in the present, in the 1970s, and in a fantasy version of heaven.