List of Asian Americans

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This page is a list of notable Asian Americans.

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Culinary[edit]

  • Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef, won with Bobby Flay in an Iron Chef America challenge

Law[edit]

For a list of Asian Americans who are or have served as judges, see List of Asian American jurists.

Literature[edit]

Military[edit]

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Foreign Military Service[edit]

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News/media/journalism[edit]

Politics[edit]

Religion[edit]

  • Francis Chan is an American preacher. He is the former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, CA, a Christian church he and his wife started in 1994.
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow – First American-Born Asian American to be elected moderator of the 2.2 million member Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2008.
  • Hae Jong Kim elected Bishop of United Methodist Church in 1992.
  • Seyoon Kim is a biblical scholar at Fuller Theological Seminary.
  • Sang Hyun Lee is a theologian at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • Andrew S. Park teaches at United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio.
  • Peter C. Phan is an American Catholic theologian who is a native of Vietnam.
  • Oscar A. Solis – First Filipino American Roman Catholic bishop in the United States.
  • C. S. Song is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theology and Asian Cultures at the Pacific School of Religion and acting minister at the Formosan United Methodist Church in San Leandro, California.
  • Ignatius C. Wang – First Chinese American to become a bishop in the Catholic Church.
  • Amos Yong is a professor of systematic theology at Regent University.

Science[edit]

Space[edit]

This section is a list of astronauts of Asian ancestry who are, by birth or naturalization, American citizens.

No. Image Name
Birth date
Country of ancestry Country of birth Comment Missions (Launch date)
1 Ellison Shoji Onizuka (NASA).jpg Ellison Onizuka
June 24, 1946
 Japan  United States First Japanese American in space. Died on the Challenger. STS-51-C (January 24, 1985)
STS-51-L (January 28, 1986)
2 Taylor Wang - full.jpg Taylor Gun-jin Wang
June 16, 1940
 China First Chinese American in space. STS-51-B (April 29, 1985)
3 Changdiaz.jpg Franklin Chang-Diaz
April 5, 1950
 China  Costa Rica STS-61-C (January 12, 1986)
STS-34 (October 18, 1989)
STS-46 (July 31, 1992)
STS-60 (February 3, 1994)
STS-75 (February 22, 1996)
STS-91 (June 2, 1998)
STS-111 (June 5, 2002)
4 DR- EUGENE TRINH.jpg Eugene Trinh
September 14, 1950
 Vietnam First Vietnamese American in space. STS-50 (June 25, 1992)
5 Leroy Chiao Astronaut.jpg Leroy Chiao
August 28, 1960
 China  United States Served on ISS Expedition 10. STS-65 (July 8, 1994)
STS-72 (January 11, 1996)
STS-92 (October 11, 2000)
Soyuz TMA-5 (October 14, 2004)
6 Edward Tsang Lu.jpg Ed Lu
July 1, 1963
 China  United States Served on ISS Expedition 7. STS-84 (May 15, 1997)
STS-106 (September 8, 2000)
Soyuz TMA-2 (April 6, 2003)
7 Kalpana Chawla, NASA photo portrait in orange suit.jpg Kalpana Chawla
March 17, 1962
 India First Indian American in space. Died on the Columbia. STS-87 (November 19, 1997)
STS-107 (January 16, 2003)
8 Mark Polansky.jpg Mark L. Polansky
June 2, 1956
 Republic of Korea  United States First Korean American in space STS-98 (February 7, 2001)
STS-116 (December 9, 2006)
STS-127 (July 15, 2009)
9 Daniel Tani.jpg Daniel M. Tani
February 1, 1961
 Japan  United States Served on ISS Expedition 16. STS-108 (December 5, 2001)
STS-120 (October 23, 2007)
STS-122 (February 7, 2008)
10 Sunita Williams.jpg Sunita Pandya Williams
September 19, 1965
 India  United States Served on ISS Expedition 14/15 and Expedition 32/33. Second female commander of ISS. STS-116/117 (December 9, 2006)
11 Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Official Photo.jpg Kjell N. Lindgren
January 23, 1973
 China
 United States
 Republic of China Selected in 2009 to NASA Astronaut Group 20. He is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station as part of Expedition 44 in June 2015 with Soyuz TMA-17M.

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Footnotes[edit]

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