Christina Kokubo

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Christina Kokubo
Born(1950-07-27)July 27, 1950
DiedJune 9, 2007(2007-06-09) (aged 56)
OccupationActress and drama teacher
Years active1974–1997

Christina Kokubo (July 27, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan – June 9, 2007) was an American film and television actress; she was also a drama teacher.


Kokubo appeared in several feature films, including The Yakuza (1975), a neo-noir gangster film set in Japan, and Midway (1976), in which she played a Japanese-American who has a troubled romance with a white naval officer during World War II.[1][2]

She also appeared in several television productions, including appearing as Paramedic Faith Yee in thirteen episodes (1984–1988) of St. Elsewhere, a medical-drama television series. Additionally, Kokubo participated in several documentary films about the yakuza crime syndicate in Japan.[citation needed]

Teaching and legacy[edit]

For seven years, Kokubo taught acting classes at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, California. Spearheading the Los Angeles premier non-profit theater for the blind called "Changing Perceptions". Christina's Class — a non-profit organization that offers drama therapy to the disabled in the Los Angeles area, is named in her memory.[citation needed]


Christina Kokubo died at age 56 of complications from breast cancer.[where?]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Yakuza Hanako
1976 Midway Haruko Sakura
1978 Hawaii Five-O Eugenie Barlow TV Series, Episode: "Invitation to Murder"
1986 Just Between Friends Nurse
1984-1988 St. Elsewhere Paramedic Faith Yee TV Series, 14 episodes


  1. ^ Database (undated) "Midway (1976)". co-published by Baseline StudioSystems and All Media Guide (hosted on The New York Times website). Accessed January 24, 2010.
  2. ^ Christina Kokubo's IMDb profile. Accessed January 24, 2010.

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