Tamlyn Tomita is a Japanese/Okinawan/Filipina American actor and community activist. She is the Chair of CAPA21, an Asian Pacific American political action committee that invests in progressive candidates, AAPI field operations, and projects to improve AAPI participation in the political process.
Known for starring in “The Karate Kid Part II,” The Joy Luck Club,” “The Good Doctor,” and “Star Trek: Picard, Tamlyn’s achievements extend beyond her acting career.
Tamlyn joined the leadership of CAPA21 in October 2021 and was recently selected as Chair by the PAC board comprised of Dale Minami, Maeley Tom, and Ginger Lew. In 2020, Tamlyn served as one of California’s 55 representatives to the electoral college who cast votes for Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President. Congresswoman Judy Chu selected Tamlyn for the honor of representing California’s 27th Congressional District.
Among her numerous credits is the 2020 narration with Daniel Dae Kim of the five-part PBS series, Asian Americans, produced by the Center for Asian American Media and WETA, the flagship PBS station in Washington, D.C. The series explores the history, experiences, and contributions of Asian Americans throughout U.S. history.
In October 2021, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles presented Tamlyn with the Commendation of the Consul General for her significant contributions to mutual understanding and promoting friendship between Japan and the U.S.