Lisa Yamanaka

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Lisa Yamanaka
Born (1983-06-16) June 16, 1983 (age 35)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other names Lisa Boynton
Lisa Jai
Lisa Yamanaka
Occupation Actress
Voice actress
Years active 1988–present

Lisa Jai Yamanaka (Japanese: リサジャイ山中); (born June 16, 1983) is a Japanese Canadian actress and voice actress. Lisa Yamanaka is of Japanese descent. She is known as the voice of Wanda Li from The Magic School Bus and Yoko in Timothy Goes to School. Yamanaka is also known for her work on Babar and Resident Evil 2.[1] She is also credited as Lisa Boynton and Lisa Jai.[2]


Yamanaka was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she stayed until 2008 when she moved to Los Angeles, California before moving back to Toronto in 2011. Lisa Yamanaka attended Central Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario. Lisa Jai was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the City of Toronto 2012 for her advocacy work in diversity in the mainstream media. Lisa Jai debuted her first theater production in the city of Watts, California as Isela Sanchez in Lynn Manning's 'The Unrequited: A tale between two Worlds' with Cornerstone Theater and Watts Village Theater. Cast as a lead role in 'Runaway Dream' as Linn, directed, written, and produced by Daniel Abreu.[citation needed] Recently, she has become an advocate for disabled actors, having developed rheumatoid arthritis.[3] Currently, Lisa Jai focuses her time on Theater, independent films, and advocacy. Lisa Jai is also a published poet and spoken-word artist: performing at the inaugural event Poetic Fashion. She has also performed spoken word in Los Angeles, New York, and Swaziland.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Babar: The Movie Isabelle (voice)
1992 This Is My Life Shawn
1994 Mirabelle and Me Gwendolyn (voice) Television film
1995 Nilus the Sandman: The First Day Girl Television film
1996 Balance of Power Jasmine Matsumoto
2010 Creed Asia
2013 Sisters Crystal Short film
2014 The Window News Anchor
2014 Lost Angels Louise
2014 Runaway Dream Linn Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1988 My Secret Identity Megan Episode: "You've Got a Friend"
1989–1991 Babar Flora (1989–1990), Isabelle (1991–1991) (voice) 65 episodes
1989 T. and T. Kim Episode: "Family Honour"
1990 Little Rosey Nonny, Tater (voice)
1991 Rupert Additional Voices (voice) 13 episodes
1993 Tales from the Cryptkeeper Becky (voice) Episode: "Nature"
1993–1996 The Busy World of Richard Scarry Additional Voices (voice) 31 episodes
1994 Monster Force Additional Voices (voice) 13 episodes
1994–1997 The Magic School Bus Wanda Li (voice) 52 episodes
1995 Squawk Box Various
1995 The Neverending Story The Childlike Empress, Junior Rockbiter (voice) 13 episodes[4]
1995 Mr. Dressup Herself (guest) 1 episode[5]
1996–1998 Stickin' Around Ashley (voice)
1999–2002 Tweenies Fizz (voice) US version
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Georgia Episode: "Pride and Prejudice"
2000–2001 Timothy Goes to School Yoko (voice) 26 episodes[4]
2001–2002 Medabots Erika Amazake (voice)
2010–2012 Pillars of Freedom Spirit (voice) 26 episodes[4]
2013 Trail Mix Holly Episode: "The Trail Mix Crew"
2013 Apartment Manager Lisa Episode: "Unit 4"
2017 The Magic School Bus Rides Again Wanda's Mother, Wanda's Brother, Caller (voice) Episode: "The Magnetic Mambo"

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Year Title Role Notes
1998 Resident Evil 2 Sherry Birkin
2000 Dino Crisis 2 Paula Morton


  1. ^ "Lisa Jai". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Lisa Jai". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Lisa Jai: Actress, Advocate & Inspiration". 2012-06-03. Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  4. ^ a b c "". Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
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