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List of Chinese Americans



This is a list of notable Chinese Americans , including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

These are people who have made significant contributions to the American culture or society politically, artistically or scientifically, or have appeared in the news numerous times.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Chinese American or must have references showing they are Chinese American and are notable.



  • Alan Chin - Artist

  • James Wong Howe (?????????) - nominated for ten Academy Awards for cinematography , won twice (1955, 1963)

  • Maya Lin (??????) - architect ( Vietnam Veterans Memorial)

  • Ivan Taslimson - Artist, inventor

  • Shen Wei - Chinese-American dancer, choreographer and visual artist and director of the company Shen Wei Dance Arts; MacArthur "genius" grant recipient

Fashion design

  • Yeohlee Tang - fashion designer


  • Weili Dai - co-founder of Marvell Technology Group

  • Ken Hom - notable Chinese American chef, author and British television-show presenter

  • Kim Ng (?????????) - baseball executive

  • Larry Wang - founder & CEO of Wang & Li Asia Resources

  • An Wang (??????) - computer engineer and inventor; co-founder of Wang Laboratories

  • Charles Wang (?????????) - founder, CEO and chairman of Computer Associates

  • Jerry Yang - co-founder of Yahoo!


  • Tia Carrere - actress, model and singer, ( Relic Hunter)

  • China Chow - actress, model (father is Chinese-American)

  • Haing S. Ngor - Chinese Cambodian actor; won an Oscar for Best Supporting actor in The Killing Fields

  • Rupert Jee - owner of the Hello Deli next to the Ed Sullivan Theatre; has made numerous appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman

  • Malese Jow - actress & singer on Unfabulous and Bratz

  • Nancy Kwan (?????????) - first Chinese-born star in Western cinema

  • Dan Kwong - performance artist, writer, teacher, playwright ( Be Like Water)

  • Tiffany Lam - former beauty queen hailing from Hong Kong

  • Ang Lee - Academy Award winning director

  • Justin Lin - director, Better Luck Tomorrow, , Fast & Furious

  • Lucy Liu (?????????) - actress, Charlie's Angels, Kill Bill

  • Meiling Melan??on - , actress

  • Olivia Munn - actress, model and television personality

  • Irene Ng - Chinese Malaysian actress who played the title character in Nickelodeon's The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo

  • Chuti Tiu - actress, Desire , 24 , Dragnet , Beautiful , The Specials, former America's Junior Miss (first non-Caucasian winner) *

  • Lauren Tom - actress, Joy Luck Club, "Julie" on Friends

  • Ming Tsai (??????) - chef and restaurateur (Blue Ginger); host of Emmy Award winning television show East Meets West

  • Anna May Wong (?????????) - first female Asian-American star of the screen

  • B. D. Wong (?????????) - Tony Award winning actor, M Butterfly,

  • Daniel Wu (?????????) - Hong Kong-based Chinese American actor

  • Kevin Wu - YouTube star, once #1 Most Subscribed Comedian (All Time)

  • Vanness Wu - actor, singer, director, producer based in Asia

  • Vern Yip - interior designer and TV host

  • Nan Zhang - actress, Gossip Girl as Kati Farkas


  • Emily Chang - journalist from CNN

  • Jeff Chang - journalist, hip-hop historian

  • Julie Chen - newsreader on The Early Show and host of Big Brother

  • Connie Chung - became the second woman to co-anchor a major network???s national news broadcast

  • Sam Chu Lin - journalist, one of the first Asian Americans on network TV news

  • Lisa Ling (?????????) (1973 - ) - journalist, known for her role as a co-host of ABC's The View and host of National Geographic Ultimate Explorer

  • Jennifer Su (Jennifer Tsou) - Television news anchor, Star TV

  • John Yang - Peabody Award winning news correspondent and commentator for NBC Night News with Brian Williams, Today (NBC program), and MSNBC

  • Jeff Yang - writer, media/business consultant, Asian American culture columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle


  • Bette Bao Lord (?????????) - writer, novelist

  • Frank Chin (?????????) - novelist, playwright, and essayist

  • Ben Fee - writer and labor organizer

  • Ha Jin - novelist, winner of the National Book Award for "Waiting"

  • Yiyun Li (?????????) - winner of the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award

  • William Marr (?????????,??????) - Engineer, poet, translator, and artist

  • Timothy C. Wong (?????????) - sinologist, translator, and literary theorist

  • Gene Luen Yang - graphic novelist, whose book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award

  • Larry Wang - author of "Know The Game, Play The Game (August 2001)" & "How to DYFET"


  • David S. C. Chu - United States Army Captain (retired), Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (2001???2008), president/ CEO of the Institute for Defense Analyses

  • John Liu Fugh - first Chinese American officer to be promoted to the rank of Major General in the United States Army; first Chinese American to serve as Judge Advocate General of the Army

  • Wah Kau Kong - United States Air Force Second Lieutenant , first Chinese American fighter pilot

  • Hazel Ying Lee (?????????) - first Chinese American woman to earn a pilot's license; flew for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP)

  • Coral Wong Pietsch - United States Army Reserve Brigadier General , first female Asian American general officer

  • James Yee, United States Army Captain and chaplain, formerly charged with sedition

  • Francis B. Wai - United States Army Captain , only Chinese American to have been awarded the Medal of Honor


  • Jin Au-yeung - rapper

  • Only Won - rapper-actor-martial artist

  • Chi Cheng - bassist to alternative metal band, Deftones

  • Kelis - singer 1/4 Chinese

  • CoCo Lee - singer

  • Richard On - guitarist-songwriter for rock band O.A.R.

  • Ne-Yo - R&B artist, 1/4 Chinese

  • Bright Sheng - Chinese-American composer, conductor, and pianist

  • Chris Wong Won ("Fresh Kid Ice", 'The Chinaman") - Chinese Trinidadian rapper, member of 2 Live Crew

Politics and government

  • Norman Bay - former United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico (2000???2001); first Chinese American United States Attorney.

  • Denny Chin - judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1994???present), first Asian American appointed as a United States district court judge outside of the Ninth Circuit

  • David S. C. Chu - Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (2001???2008). Republican.

  • Judy Chu - First Chinese-American woman to serve as U.S. Representative (2009-present). Democrat.

  • Steven Chu - physicist, current United States Secretary of Energy (2009???present), winner of 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for research in laser cooling

  • Charles Djou - U.S. Representative from Hawaii (2010-present). Republican.

  • March Fong Eu - former Secretary of State of California (1975???1994), elected in 1974, she won reelection four times; United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (1994???1996). Democrat.

  • Matthew K. Fong - California State Treasurer (1995???1999), adoptive son of March Fong Eu. Republican.

  • Ed Jew - former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Democrat.

  • Harry Lee -Longtime sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; first elected in 1979, he was re-elected six times and served 27 and a half years. Democrat.

  • Gary Locke - current United States Secretary of Commerce (2009???present); former Governor of Washington (1997???2005), first and only Chinese American to serve as a state governor . Democrat.

  • Thomas Tang - judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; first Chinese American federal judge .

  • Shien Biau Woo (?????????) - Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985???1989), current president of the 80-20 Initiative. Democrat.

  • Mae Yih - Oregon State Representative (1977???1983), Oregon State Senator (1983???2003), first Chinese American to serve in a state senate . Democrat.

  • Helen Zia (?????????) - community activist and writer

  • Leland Yee ( ??? ??? ??? ) - former California State Assemblyman, current California State Senator

  • John Liu - New York City Comptroller and former member of the New York City Council.

  • Margaret Chin - Member of the New York City Council representing Chinatown .

  • Peter Koo - Member of the New York City Council representing Flushing, Queens.

Science, engineering and education

  • Min Chueh Chang (?????????) - co-inventor of the first birth control pill

  • Shiing-Shen Chern - one of the most remarkable mathematician in Geometry.

  • Thomas W. Chinn (????????? ?????????) -Prominent Chinese American historian. One of the founders of the Chinese American Historical Society.

  • David Jung-Kuang Chiu - Former Director of Asian Studies and Dean of University Advisement, Hofstra University

  • Wen Tsing Chow (?????????) - missile guidance scientist, digital computer pioneer

  • Steven Chu - 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, U.S. Secretary of Energy

  • T. Y. Lin (?????????) - civil engineer (bridgebuilder)

  • Terence Chi-Shen Tao (?????????) - mathematician, Fields Medal winner.

  • Taylor Wang - first ethnic Chinese scientist to go into space, 1985 on space shuttle Challenger

  • Chien-Shiung Wu (?????????) - female scientist with the considerable contribution to the acquisition of Nobel Prize by Tsung-dao Lee. She also worked on the Manhattan Project.

  • Frank H. Wu - author, law professor, and former law school dean

  • Huping Ling - Professor of History at Truman State University, author


  • Johnny Chan - professional Poker Player

  • Michael Chang (?????????) - youngest male tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament

  • Brian Ching (?????????) - soccer player for Houston Dynamo and the United States national team

  • Amy Chow (?????????) - gymnast and Olympic medal winner

  • Norm Chow (?????????) - UCLA Bruins offensive coordinator

  • Julie Chu - Olympic medal winner, ice hockey

  • Karen Kwan - former figure skater, sister of Michelle Kwan

  • Michelle Kwan (?????????) - Olympic medal winner, figure skating

  • Kevin Tan - Olympic medal winner, gymnastics

  • Ed Wang- professional American football player


  • Vincent Chin - killed in fight, considered by Chinese-American advocacy groups to be victim of bias crime

  • Raymond Kwok Chow (?????????) - also known as "Shrimp Boy", San Francisco Chinatown mobster, leader of the San Francisco Chapter of Chinese Freemasons

  • Mock Duck - New York Chinatown mobster, leader of the Hip Sing Tong.

  • Betty Ong - flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11

  • Yung Wing (??????) - first Chinese and Asian to obtain a degree from an American college ( Yale University)

  • Kevin Wu (aka KevJumba) - Youtube personality.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "List of Chinese Americans".

Last Modified:   2011-01-15

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