Here's a snippet from an interview down at the Tufts Daily with Will Tao, writer and star of the film Formosa Betrayed:
RS: What drove you to play Ming?Read it in full.
WT: I originally developed this project for selfish reasons; there aren’t a lot of roles for Asian-American actors. So when I came [to Hollywood], I looked at people who I really admired, who had written their way in through [movies like] “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and “Slingblade” (1996). Over the period it took to write the film, my role started getting cut way, way down because I was so focused on producing. [When] my director, Adam Kane, came on board, [he] felt something was missing and came up with the character of Ming. He wanted me to play [him] because he thought we needed someone we could emotionally go with, to feel the Taiwanese journey and to relate to the Taiwanese struggle on a human level.