Actor on screen this week

Burnaby Now November 13, 2010

Actors Marcia Yu and Yvette Lu talking to Dr. Mark Pearlmutter (foreground)
about the status of their family member in an Untold Stories episode.
Photograph by: Contributed, BURNABY NOW

A Burnaby actor is featured in two upcoming episodes of Untold Stories of the ER.

Untold Stories is a docudrama television series that airs on The Learning Channel (TLC).

The show, now in its fifth season, follows unusual medical cases and is based loosely on actual events. It was filmed this past fall in the Lower Mainland.

Airing on Nov. 17 and 24 will be two episodes featuring Yvette Lu, a Burnaby actor, filmmaker and medical doctor.

"Ironically, I don't play the doctor!" she said in an e-mail.

Instead, she portrays Chinese-speaking immigrants who are struggling to deal with the health-care system.

It's something Lu herself is very familiar with - from the other side.

"As a doctor, I've encountered many patients who speak little or no English. There have been so many times when I've seen a Chinese-speaking person's face light up when I introduce myself in their native language," she said in a press release. "Being in the hospital is a frightening experience already without the added problem of a language barrier. It's important that film and television reflect our cultural diversity, and I'm glad that producer Bob Niemack and director Jennifer Little were able to include these stories."

The episode on Nov. 17 also features another Burnaby resident - Nathan Cheung, who'll play Lu's son. Nathan is a Grade 8 student at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School and a member of the Burnaby Minors All Star baseball team.

The Untold Stories episodes are set to air on TLC on Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

For more about Lu, check out her website at

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