Lori Tan Chinn

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Lori Tan Chinn (born 7 July 1948) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Mei Chang on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.[1][2] Chinn's first acting role was Miss Higa Jiga in Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (1970) on Broadway.

Early life[edit]

Chinn was born in Seattle, Washington. She is of Hoisan, Chinese descent. Chinn moved to New York City by herself when she was eighteen years old.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Author! Author! Mrs. Woo
1985 Brass Hilda TV movie
1989 She-Devil Vesta Rose Woman
1990 Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler Pua TV movie
1991 What About Bob? Bus driver
1992 Glengarry Glen Ross Coat check girl
1995 Living in Oblivion Costume Designer
1996 Ransom Woman on Street #3
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Chinese Restaurant Owner
2001 South Pacific Bloody Mary 2003 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Resident Musical
2004 From Other Worlds Mrs. Kim
2007 Security Mrs. Pong Short
2007 Year of the Fish Shuk Yee Animated film
2008 The Guitar Mrs. Tzu
2012 Miss D Mrs. Ling Short
2013 Final Recipe Mrs. Wang
2015 Chloe and Theo Landlady


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Roseanne Iris 4 episodes
1992 Mathnet Miss Jessica Episode: "The Case of the Smart Dummy"
1999 It's Like, You Know... Daisy Episode: "Lost in America"
2000 Spin City Samaritan Nun Episode: "Mike's Best Friend's Boyfriend"
2000 Law & Order SEC Investigator Episode: "High & Low"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Mrs. Park Episode: "The Line"
2013–19 Orange is the New Black Mei Chang 27 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1970–1971 Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen Miss Higa Jiga
1979 G. R. Point Mama-San
1988–1990 M. Butterfly Comrade Chin, Suzuki, Shu Fan [3]
2015 Gotta Dance Mae [4]
2015 Triassic Parq Twin velociraptor [5]


  1. ^ "Prison as Playground". Slate. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  2. ^ Canfield, David. "Every Story Matters: Why the Flashback Structure of 'Orange Is the New Black' Is More Vital Than Ever in Season 3". Indiewire. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ Richards, David (February 11, 1988). "Chinese Puzzle; At the National, a Curious `M. Butterfly'". The Washington Post (subscription required). Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  4. ^ Cox, Gordon (June 29, 2015). "Stefanie Powers, Georgia Engel Join Cast of Broadway-Bound 'Gotta Dance'". Variety. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ Gioia, Michael (October 31, 2011). "Mitchell Jarvis and Lori Tan Chinn Will Lead a Dinosaur Revolution in Triassic Parq NYC Readings". Playbill. Retrieved 4 July 2015.

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