Actress drew on own experiences for sitcom Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens

Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens sees the actress playing a version of her younger self. PHOTO: DANIELLE LEVITT
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LOS ANGELES - Awkwafina is the unforgettable and unforgettably named star of comedy films such as Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and the acclaimed The Farewell (2018), which led to her becoming the first Asian woman to win a Best Actress Golden Globe.

But the Asian-American star's real name is Nora Lum and she grew up raised by Chinese immigrants in Queens, New York.

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