In particular, Oh recalled a story line in Season 3 of Grey’s Anatomy when Cristina was set to marry fellow doctor, Preston Burke.
“Most of the shows that I have done have not been Asian-specific purposefully,” Oh said. “When we did Grey’s, for at least the first 10 seasons we would not talk about race. We would not go into race, and that was purposeful. And, whatever, it was the right thing to do when it was."
"In Season 3, Burke and Cristina were getting married and there were the two mothers, the Asian mother and the Black mother, and I’m like, ‘Come on, there is a lot of story that we can do here!’ But they didn’t want to touch it, for whatever reason. Now my interest is much more in bringing that story in.”
Continuing her discussion with Washington, Oh spoke up about the lack of diversity in the television industry. According to The Independent, the actress explained: "Being the sole Asian person is a very familiar place for me."
She continued, "The U.K., I’m not afraid to say, is behind. I’m not only the only Asian person on set—sometimes it changes, [it’s] very exciting when someone comes on set."
Revealing her discomfort with being the only person of colour on a set, Oh goes onto share her thoughts on Europe's lack of diversity, saying:
"The development of people behind the camera is very slow in the U.K. I don’t know about the rest of Europe. Sometimes it would be me and 75 white people and I have not come from that."