Christina Chang was raised in Taiwan by her Filipino-Chinese father and American mother, but emigrated to the United States when she was 17 to pursue a career in the entertainment business. She studied acting in her mother's home state of Kansas and later in Seattle. In 1999, Chang landed a part on the popular travelogue program "Globe Trekker", which is broadcast on most American public television stations. Since showcasing her cultured and infectious personality on the PBS show, Chang has landed numerous small roles on various soap operas and prime-time hits such as the missing-persons procedural "Without a Trace", the action sensation "24", the lively and talkative "The West Wing", and the lurid forensics drama "CSI: Miami", often playing attorneys and competent government officials. Concurrently, a bit part in the Harrison Ford weepy "Random Hearts" garnered her further supporting roles in such feature films as the Sandra Bullock rehab drama "28 Days" and the Bruce Willis action film "Live Free or Die Hard".