The first Asian to ever win an Oscar was 梅木美代志 (Miyoshi Umeki) for Sayonara where she portrayed the wife of Red Buttons.
I'll always remember her as the housekeeper who offered the sage advise to Eddie when he was trying to hook up the Hulk with a wife in the "Courtship of Eddie's Father".
The really catchy theme song of Eddie's is featured in this public service announcement:
In other funereal news, the passing of Pavarotti should be mentioned. Click on the link, and you'll be treated to a much younger beardless Aria-crooner.