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Dustin Nguyen’s Officer H. T. Ioki had a joke of a nameâ€”literally. “Guess what year his parents moved to the States.” Get it? Okay, it’s not that funny. In real life, Nguyen came to the U.S. with his family from Vietnam in 1975, fleeing Saigon; Nguyen’s experiences found their way onto the show. According to a 2006 article in Asian Week, Jump Street producers sought input from the young actor and changed “the ethnicity of Nguyen’s character into one more reflective of his own personal origins,” which led to “an incredible turning point for Southeast Asians.”