This may have been the moment that many Glee fans were secretly hoping for. Throughout season one, we were introduced to a colorful mix of characters in the glee club and were exposed to their individual lives as the show began to develop a context and background for each of the glee club singers, well, for most of the singers. Then, in a particular episode, we may have noticed an Asian guy gyrating in the background during one of the club’s numerous performances and wondered who that is. His name is mentioned at some point in season one and at that very moment, some of us may have gone on the Internet to google the phrase “Mike Chang Glee” to discover that the actor, Harry Shum, is an established dancer who has been involved in commercials (notably the dancing silhouette in iPod commercials), music videos and dance-themed movies. Then we understood that the show’s producers probably took him on not only to be that “other Asian kid”, but to add variety to the club’s talented cast with a storied dancer who certainly has defined his own movements. In season one, Glee showcased his dancing, though not utilizing Harry Shum at full strength as to not detract the viewers from the vocal component of the glee club performance. As a result, the dancing Mike Chang was left in the background, mostly to be seen on an as-needed basis and nothing more was elaborated in regards to his character.
Over the summer, as rumors were circulating about the new season of Glee, news had spread that Tina (a well-known character) would be dating Mike, which befuddled many in regards to the storyline, but brought hope for some that there was a pretty good chance we would finally get to know this mysterious dancer. Surely enough, Mike Chang immediately sprang to life in the very first episode of the second season, hooking up with Tina over the summer while they were both on staff at an Asian summer camp while Artie was left in the dust. Over the first three episodes, Mike already had uttered more words than in the entirety of season one and in the fourth episode, his moment finally arrived.
In this episode, the glee club held a duet competition and naturally Tina and Mike joined up as a team. They performed a rendition of “Sing” from A Chorus Line, in which Mike showcased not only his creative and humorous dancing skillset, but also his mediocre set of pipes which was never more appropriate and entertaining. This was one of the highlights of this particular episode and a truly unforgettable moment. Even if Mike Chang breaks up with Tina and never reappears on the show, he has made his permanent mark on Glee and will always be remembered for more than just the “other Asian kid”.