List of Asian Americans
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- 1 Arts/architecture/design
- 2 Business and industry
- 3 Entertainment
- 4 Fashion
- 5 Culinary
- 6 Law
- 7 Literature
- 8 Military
- 9 News/media/journalism
- 10 Politics
- 11 Religion
- 12 Science
- 13 Sports
- 14 See also
- 15 Footnotes
- Maya Lin, architect, designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Seong Moy, artist and printmaker
- Gyo Obata, architect, designed the National Air and Space Museum
- IM Pei, renowend architect, designed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre Pyramid
- Mimi So, jewelry designer
- Minoru Yamasaki, architect, designed the World Trade Center
- Vern Yip, interior designer, appeared on TLC's Trading Spaces and HGTV's Deserving Design and Design Star
Business and industry
- Ramani Ayer, chairman and CEO of The Hartford Financial Services Group
- Sabeer Bhatia, co-founder of Hotmail
- Amar Bose, chairman and founder of Bose Corporation
- Christine Chen, founder and CEO of Chen Communications
- John S. Chen, chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Sybase
- Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube
- Alfred Chuang, founder and CEO of BEA Systems
- Weili Dai, billionaire and co-founder
- Bharat Desai, founder of Syntel
- Perry Chen, founder and CEO of Kickstarter
- Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder of NVIDIA
- David Ji, co-founder of Apex Digital
- Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO of Avon Products
- Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube
- Shahid Khan, president of Flex-N-Gate Corp.
- Vinod Khosla, co-founding CEO of Sun Microsystems and general partner of venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
- David Lam, founder of Lam Research
- Kai-Fu Lee, president of Google China
- Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
- Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems
- Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
- Vikram Pandit, president and CEO of Citigroup
- Ram Shriram, co-founder of Junglee.com
- Patrick Soon-Shiong, surgeon and founder Abraxis BioScience
- Sehat Sutardja, CEO of Marvell Technology Group
- An Wang, founder of Wang Laboratories
- Charles B. Wang, co-founder and former CEO of Computer Associates International, Inc.
- Andrea Wong, president and CEO of Lifetime Networks
- Sheryl WuDunn, won Pulitzer Prize at The New York Times in 1990; currently, an investment banker
- Jeff Yang, co-founded A Magazine in 1989 and is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Jerry Yang, co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in 1994.
- Min Zhu, co-founder and former president and chief technical officer of WebEx.
- Chang and Eng Bunker (the source for the term "Siamese Twins")
- Dana Tai Soon Burgess, cultural figure, choreographer, performance artist
- Michio Itō, choreographer
Actors and filmmakers
- Kirk Acevedo, actor, Oz
- Keiko Agena, actress, Gilmore Girls
- Aziz Ansari, actor and Comedian, Human Giant and Parks and Recreation: Television Shows Funny People and I Love You, Man: Films
- Tsuru Aoki (1892–1961), actress
- Geoffrey Arend, actor, Body of Proof
- Ashley Argota, actress, True Jackson, VP
- Reiko Aylesworth, actress, 24
- Kayla Blake, actress
- Moon Bloodgood, actress
- Johnny Yong Bosch, actor
- Yul Brynner, Academy award winning actor
- Eric Byler, filmmaker
- Dean Cain, actor
- Tia Carrere, actress and singer, Relic Hunter, Wayne's World, and Wayne's World 2
- Christina Chang, actress
- Wah Chang prop designer – famous for designing the original Star Trek communicator and phasers
- Camille Chen, actress
- Joan Chen, actress, director
- Tina Chen, actress
- Karin Anna Cheung, actress
- Henry Cho, comedian
- John Cho, actor
- Kelsey Chow, actress
- Margaret Cho, actress and comedienne
- Justin Chon, actor
- Jamie Chung, actress
- Michael Copon, actor
- Darren Criss, actor and singer
- Mark Dacascos, actor, of the Crying Freeman and the "Chairman" from Iron Chef America
- Noureen DeWulf, actress, Starred in an Academy Award winning short film
- James Duval, actor
- Roger Fan, actor
- Nargis Fakhri, actress and model
- Raja Fenske, actor
- Erika Fong, actress
- Janina Gavankar, actress
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actor, Saved by the Bell and NYPD Blue
- Todd Haberkorn, voice actor
- Kayo Hatta (1958–2005), filmmaker
- Sessue Hayakawa (1889–1973), Academy Award nominated actor
- Daniel Henney actor in South Korea, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- Gina Hiraizumi, actress, singer
- Steven Ho, stuntman, stunt coordinator, fight choreographer
- James Hong, actor
- James Wong Howe (1899–1976), 2-time Academy Award winning cinematographer
- Kelly Hu, actress
- Vanessa Anne Hudgens, actress and singer
- David Henry Hwang, Tony winning playwright
- Ken Jeong, comedian, actor, physician, "The Hangover" and "Community"
- Malese Jow actress and singer
- Rodney Kageyama, actor
- Mindy Kaling, actress, writer, producer, "The Office"
- Michael Kang, filmmaker
- Sung Kang, actor
- Tim Kang, actor, The Mentalist"
- Ravi Kapoor, actor, Crossing Jordan
- Archie Kao, actor, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and CSI
- Janice Kawaye, voice actress
- Daniel Dae Kim, actor, Lost and Hawaii Five-0
- Randall Duk Kim, actor
- Yunjin Kim, actress, Lost
- Lance Krall, actor and comedian
- Nancy Kwan, actress
- Jennie Kwan, actress, California Dreams
- Liza Lapira, actress
- Cung Le, kickboxer, martial artist, and actor
- Sharon Leal, actress, Guiding Light and Boston Public
- Ang Lee, filmmaker & director, "Brokeback Mountain", "Hulk", "Eat Drink Man Woman", "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"
- Bobby Lee, comedian, MADtv
- Brandon Lee – actor, son of Bruce Lee
- Bruce Lee (1940–1973), martial arts superstar
- Chris Chan Lee, filmmaker
- C.S. Lee, actor, Dexter
- James Kyson Lee, actor, Heroes
- Jason Scott Lee, actor
- Moon Lee graphic artist, credited with creating the Geisha Look, and popular actor from the eighties into the nineties
- Shannon Lee, actress
- Lee Tung Foo, Vaudeville performer & actor
- Will Yun Lee, actor, Witchblade and Bionic Woman
- Ken Leung, actor, Lost
- Justin Lin, filmmaker
- Tao Lin, novelist & poet
- Bai Ling, actress
- Julia Ling, actress, Chuck
- Lucy Liu Chinese American actress
- Mako (1933–2006) Academy Award and Tony Award nominated actor, founder of East West Players
- Aasif Mandvi, actor and comedian, The Daily Show
- Marie Matiko, actress
- Nobu McCarthy (1934–2002), actress
- Mei Melancon, actress, writer and producer
- Kumail Nanjiani, comedian and actor, Franklin & Bash
- Minae Noji, actress, General Hospital
- Ming-Na, actress ER, Stargate Universe, and As the World Turns
- Vanessa Minnillo
- Paolo Montalban, actor of Filipino descent
- Pat Morita (1932–2005) comedian and Academy Award nominated actor best known for work on Happy Days and The Karate Kid
- Robert A. Nakamura, pioneering filmmaker, teacher, co-founder of Visual Communications (VC)
- Dr. Haing S. Ngor (1940–1996) won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985.
- Dustin Nguyen, actor, 21 Jump Street and V.I.P.
- Steve Nguyen, film producer
- Julia Nickson, actress
- Masi Oka, actor
- Yuji Okumoto, actor, The Karate Kid II (1986 Film) and Johnny Tsunami, writer and producer
- Lisa Onodera, film producer
- Maulik Pancholy, actor, Weeds and 30 Rock
- Grace Park, actress, Battlestar Galactica, Edgemont, and Hawaii Five-0
- Linda Park, actress, Star Trek: Enterprise
- Steve Park, actor and comedian
- Janel Parrish, actress and singer
- Kal Penn, actor
- Dat Phan comedian, winner of the first season of Last Comic Standing
- Danny Pudi, actor, Community
- Lou Diamond Phillips actor
- Lindsay Price, actress
- Maggie Q, actress
- Jonathan Ke Quan, actor
- Sendhil Ramamurthy, actor, Heroes
- Navi Rawat, actress, Numb3rs and The O.C.
- Rob Schneider, actor and comedian
- Parry Shen, actor
- Sheetal Sheth, actress
- James Shigeta, actor
- Sab Shimono, actor
- Harry Shum, Jr., actor
- Shannyn Sossamon, actress
- Brenda Song, actress
- Sonja Sohn, actress, The Wire
- Pat Suzuki, actress and singer
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa actor
- Faran Tahir, actor
- George Takei actor of Star Trek fame
- Chris Tashima, actor, Academy Award winning filmmaker
- Jennifer Tilly – actress (born in California)
- Meg Tilly – actress
- Chuti Tiu – actress, Desire, 24, Dragnet, Beautiful, The Specials, former America's Junior Miss (first non-White winner)
- Tamlyn Tomita, actress
- Lauren Tom, voice actress
- Thuy Trang, actress, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1973–2001)
- Miyoshi Umeki, Oscar winning actress and singer
- Jenna Ushkowitz, actress
- Dilshad Vadsaria, actress, Greek
- Daya Vaidya, actress
- Kelly Vitz- actress on Sky High and Nancy Drew
- Garrett Wang (王以瞻) – actor in Star Trek: Voyager
- Wayne Wang, film director, The Joy Luck Club
- B.D. Wong, Tony Award winning actor, Oz and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
- Anna May Wong (1905–1961), actress
- Helen Wong – model and actress
- Russell Wong (王盛德) – actor
- Victor Wong (黃自強) – Hollywood actor
- Steven Yeun - actor
- Aaron Yoo, actor
- Toshiko Akiyoshi, jazz pianist, composer/arranger, and bandleader
- Nadia Ali, member of music group iiO
- Steve Aoki electro house, musician, record producer and the founder of Dim Mak Records.
- Jin Au-Yeung, a pioneer in the Asian-American hip-hop scene
- Sameer Bhattacharya, a guitarist in the Texas alternative rock band Flyleaf
- Robert Campman, hip hop artist
- Angelin Chang, a Grammy Award-winning pianist and renown music professor
- Jeff Chang, a music critic and historian of hip-hop culture
- Tim Chantarangsu, rapper, comedian, and videographer
- Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event
- Kenny Choi of Daphne Loves Derby
- Peter Chung, rapper and producer
- Jocelyn Enriquez
- Dia Frampton, former Meg & Dia singer
- Meg Frampton, former Meg & Dia singer
- Ming Freeman, keyboardist/pianist
- Lisa Furukawa, Japanese-American folk singer, songwriter, and pianist
- Matt Heafy, a guitarist and vocal of band Trivium.
- Nichkhun Horvejkul, member of South Korean boy group 2PM
- Magdalen Hsu-Li, out bisexual Chinese American singer-songwriter recording artist, poet and artist.
- Chad Hugo, musician and producer, member of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D.
- William Hung is a contestant from American Idol
- Tiffany Hwang, Korean American member of girl group SNSD.
- A. R. Rahman, Grammy award winning composer/arranger, song writer, and music producer
- Ramon Ibanga, Jr., hip hop producer
- Enrique Iglesias, whose mother, Isabel Preysler, is Filipino
- James Iha, formerly the guitarist of The Smashing Pumpkins
- Jon Jang, jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader
- Norah Jones, Musician, Grammy Award winner, daughter of Ravi Shankar.
- Jessica Jung, Korean American member of girl group SNSD.
- Krystal Jung, member of South Korean girl group f(x)
- Nicole Jung, member of South Korean girl group KARA
- Scott Jung, (Also known as The Magnificent Butcher) hip hop producer, rapper
- Tony Kanal, Two-time Grammy Award winner, bass player for No Doubt.
- Jeff Kashiwa, smooth jazz saxophonist
- Natalise Kalea, Burmese-Chinese singer
- Dennis Kim, underground rapper and spoken word artist
- Eli Kim, member of South Korean boy group U-KISS
- Amber Josephine Liu, member of South Korean girl group f(x)
- Nora Lum, rapper known as Awkwafina
- Yo-Yo Ma, renowned cellist
- Bruno Mars, singer-songwriter music producer
- Zubin Mehta, Conductor, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
- Charles Mingus, jazz double bassist, composer, band leader
- Daniel Nakamura, hip hop producer and founder of 75 Ark
- Thai Ngo, rapper
- Justin Nozuka, singer and songwriter
- Karen O, singer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Kero One, hip hop MC and producer
- Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Conductor
- Jay Park, a Korean-American singer, rapper, bboy & actor. Also famous in South Korea as the former leader of South Korean boyband 2PM.
- Jonathan Park, rapper and actor
- Jay Park, singer, dancer, rapper, b-boy, music producer, songwriter, model, choreographer and actor
- Mike Park was the singer of Skankin Pickle and currently runs Asian Man Records
- Allan Pineda (Lindo) of The Black Eyed Peas
- Richard Quitevis, turntablist and composer
- Mike Relm is a scratch video DJ who has toured with the Blue Man Group
- Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, R&B/pop singer
- Kelis Rogers, R&B singer
- Nicole Scherzinger, singer and former member of The Pussycat Dolls.
- Mike Shinoda and Joseph Hahn are successful Asian Americans in the popular rap rock band Linkin Park.
- Shaffer Chimere Smith, R&B singer, songwriter, and actor.
- Michael Stevenson, rapper
- Vienna Teng, folk and pop singer-songwriter
- Kim Thayil, Guitarist for Grammy Award winning rock group Soundgarden
- Hikaru Utada, Japanese-American singer-songwriter active in both Japan and United States; her single Devil Inside topped the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart.
- Casandra Ventura, an R&B singer
- Kevin Woo, member of South Korean boy group U-KISS
- Catalina Yue, Chinese-Japanese-American pop singer-songwriter
- Brandon Jermaine Yun, rapper and former radio personality
- Eric Nam, Korean-American singer, active in South Korea under B2M Entertainment.
- Mark Tuan, Taiwanese-American member of South Korean boy band Got7.
- At Last
- Aziatix, R&B, pop, soul, hip hop group
- Blue Scholars
- Far East Movement, the first Asian-American group to be in the Top 10 in Mainstream Pop charts
- Fort Minor
- Mountain Brothers, hip hop group
- Native Guns
- Paperdoll (band), Indie band from NYC fronted by Asian American Teresa Lee.
- Royal Pirates, Korean-American rock band.
- The Slants, first all Asian American dance rock band.
Reality TV participants
- Ruthie Alcaide – house mate on MTV's The Real World: Hawaii.
- Raj Bhakta – The Apprentice 2 contestant
- Yau-Man Chan – Survivor: Fiji contestant
- Gina Choe – America's Next Top Modelcycle 6 contestant. Placed 9th.
- Christine Ha – MasterChef season 3 winner
- Charmaine Hunt – The Apprentice 5 contestant
- Hung Huynh – Top Chef (season 3) winner
- Jabbawockeez – Winners of America's Best Dance Crew (Season 1)
- Tammy and Victor Jih – winners of The Amazing Race 14
- Bruce Kanegai – Survivor: Panama contestant
- Kristen Kish – Top Chef (season 11) winner
- Yul Kwon – Survivor: Cook Islands winner
- Becky Lee – Survivor: Cook Islands contestant
- Ivana Ma – The Apprentice 2 contestant
- Sanjaya Malakar – American Idol (season 6) finalist
- Poreotics – Winners of America's Best Dance Crew (season 5)
- Quest Crew – Winners of America's Best Dance Crew (Season 3)
- Jessica Sanchez – American Idol (season 11) runner up
- Sheena Sakai – America's Next Top Modelcycle 11 contestant
- Jordan Segundo – American Idol (season 2) semi-finalist
- James Sun – The Apprentice 6 runner-up
- AJ Tabaldo – American Idol (season 6) semi-finalist
- Tila Tequila – A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila star
- Jasmine Trias – American Idol (season 3) finalist
- Ming Tsai (蔡明) – chef and restaurateur (Blue Ginger); host of Emmy Award winning television show East Meets West
- April Wilkner – America's Next Top Modelcycle 2 contestant. Placed fourth.
- Jeff Ng, fashion designer and creator of Staple Design
- Doo-Ri Chung, fashion designer
- Chloe Dao, fashion designer and winner of Project Runway (season 2)
- Diana Eng, fashion designer and contestant on Project Runway (season 2)
- Karenina Sunny Halim, model
- Chanel Iman, supermodel with Korean and African American descent
- Derek Lam, fashion designer
- Phillip Lim, fashion designer
- Jimmy Choo fashion designer and founder of Jimmy Choo Ltd
- Monique Lhuillier, fashion designer
- Josie Natori, fashion designer
- Kimora Lee Simmons, supermodel with Japanese and African American descent
- Peter Som, fashion designer
- Anna Sui, fashion designer
- Vivienne Tam, fashion designer
- Rafé Totengco, fashion designer
- Alexander Wang, fashion designer
- Vera Wang, fashion designer
- Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef, won with Bobby Flay in an Iron Chef America challenge
For a list of Asian Americans who are or have served as judges, see List of Asian American jurists.
- Preeta D. Bansal was the Solicitor General for the State of New York (1999–2002).
- Norman Bay was the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico (2000–2002), and the first Chinese-American to hold such a U.S. Attorney position.
- Morgan Chu is a prominent litigator and former Managing Partner of Irell & Manella.
- Viet D. Dinh was a United States Assistant Attorney General and a key drafter of what became the USA PATRIOT Act.
- Heather Fong is the first Asian American woman to head a major metropolitan police department (San Francisco, California).
- Todd Kim is the first Solicitor General for the District of Columbia.
- Harold Hongju Koh is dean of Yale Law School.
- Arsalan Iftikhar International human rights lawyer. Founder of TheMuslimGuy
- Lance Ito was the judge in the OJ Simpson trial.
- Fred Korematsu was a prominent resister of Japanese American internment.
- Carol Lam was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California (2002–2007)
- David Lat is an attorney and blogger for the sites "Underneath Their Robes" and "Above the Law."
- William F. Lee is Co-Managing Partner of the international law firm of WilmerHale.
- Dale Minami is an attorney who helped reverse Fred Korematsu's criminal conviction.
- Rachel Paulose is the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. She is the first Indian American woman, the youngest attorney, and the first woman in Minnesota to hold this post.
- Frank H. Wu is dean of Wayne State University Law School.
- Bruce Yamashita is an attorney and U.S. Marine Corps officer who worked to expose racial discrimination within the Corps.
- Debra Wong Yang was the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and is the first Asian American female to serve as a U.S. Attorney.
- John Yoo served in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel and was a drafter of what later became known as the "torture memo."
See also: List of Asian American writers
- Alfredo Alcala – Filipino comic book artist.
- Peter Bacho, author of the American Book Award winning novel Cebu
- Lynda Barry – mestiza cartoonist, most known for Ernie Pook's Comeek and Marlys, published in Salon.com and other independent papers; she created the prototype for what would become the cartoon hit series, The Simpsons
- Carlos Bulosan – author, "America Is In the Heart."
- Raees Warsi Notable poet, author and TV anchor
- Regie Cabico – notable slam poet and performer.
- Jorge Cham, author of PhD Comics
- Ernie Chan – comic book artist/inker for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
- Eileen Chang – writer
- Lan Samantha Chang – writer; director of the Iowa Writer's Workshop
- Frank Chin (趙健秀) – novelist, playwright, and essayist
- Kah Kyung Cho – philosopher at SUNY University
- Melissa de la Cruz – author of teen lit series Au Pairs, The Ashleys and Blue Bloods
- Tony DeZuniga – co-creator of Jonah Hex
- Ben Fee – writer and labor organizer
- Don Figueroa – comic book artist for IDW Publishing and Dreamwave Entertainment, working on various Transformers titles.
- Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused
- David Henry Hwang (黃哲倫) – playwright
- Gish Jen – writer, novelist
- Ha Jin – novelist, winner of the National Book Award for "Waiting"
- Rafael Kayanan – comic book artist and master level instructor in Sayoc Kali.
- Maxine Hong Kingston – writer, novelist
- Jean Kwok – writer, novelist
- Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
- Gus Lee (李健孫) – writer
- Jim Lee – DC Comics writer, artist, editor and publisher
- Huping Ling- history professor, award-winning author, Executive Editor for the Journal of Asian American Studies
- Bette Bao Lord (包柏漪) – writer, novelist
- David Wong Louie – writer
- Jaegwon Kim – philosopher at Brown University
- Adeline Yen Mah (馬嚴君玲) – author and physician
- Nick Manabat – creator of Cybernary, comic book artist for Wildstorm Productions
- Gary R. Mar – philosopher at Stony Brook University
- William Marr (馬為義, 非馬) – Engineer, poet, translator, and artist
- Kenn Navarro – animator of cartoon Happy Tree Friends
- Aimee Nezhukumatathil – award-winning poet and professor
- Han Ong – playwright and author; recipient of MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.
- Pai Hsien-yung: Chinese Muslim writer
- Linda Sue Park, American-born author; winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard
- Whilce Portacio – created Bishop of the X-Men, co-founder of Image Comics.
- Randy Romero – Writer
- Albert Saijo, poet
- Saumitra Saxena, award winning poet in the modern Indian history. Graduated from Indian Institutue of Technology and received his Phd. from University of Illinois at Chicago.
- Lisa See – writer
- T. K. Seung – philosopher and literary critic at University of Texas, Austin
- Kamila Shamsie Award-winning novelist of books such as Salt and Saffron and Broken Verses.
- Eileen Tabios – poet.
- Ronald Takaki was an academic, historian, ethnographer and author.
- Amy Tan best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Kitchen God's Wife, etc.
- Romeo Tanghal – comic book artist.
- Bryan Thao Worra – Award-winning Lao American writer, 1st Lao American NEA Fellow in Literature.
- Alex Tizon – Pulitzer Prize Winner.
- Dr. Abraham Verghese noted Doctor and Author; In My Own Country and My Tennis Partner
- Jose Garcia Villa – poet, writer, generationalist; pre-Beat Generation influence.
- Jade Snow Wong – writer
- Shawn Wong – novelist, "Americanese" and "Homebase"
- Timothy C. Wong (黃宗泰) – sinologist, translator, and literary theorist
- Gene Luen Yang – graphic novelist
- Laurence Yep (叶祥添)- author of children's books
- Judy Yung – writer
See also: Military History of Asian Americans
- Jesse Aliganga – Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Killed in action during 1998 embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya
- Leandro Aragoncillo – Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Convicted of spying against the United States Government
- Sudip Bose – Major, U.S. Army. Bronze Star recipient who served as a physician on the front lines in Iraq for nearly 15 months.
- Raquel C. Bono – Rear Admiral (Lower Half), U.S. Navy. Command Surgeon, United States Pacific Command
- Jose Calugas – Captain, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient, World War II
- Joseph Caravalho – Brigadier General, U.S. Army. Commanding General, Brooke Army Medical Center
- Ming Chang – Rear Admiral (Upper Half), U.S. Navy, retired. Department of Navy Inspector General, 1987–1990
- Dan Choi – First Lieutenant, U.S. Army. Gay rights advocate.
- David S. C. Chu – Captain, U.S. Army. Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (2001–2008), President/CEO of the Institute for Defense Analyses
- Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon – Rear Admiral (Upper Half), U.S. Navy. First Asian American citizen graduate from United States Naval Academy; first Asian American flag officer
- Anatolio B. Cruz – Rear Admiral (Lower Half), U.S. Navy. Deputy Commander, United States Fourth Fleet
- Susan Ahn Cuddy – Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. First female Gunnery Officer in the navy
- John R. D’Araujo Jr. – Major General, U.S. Army. First Filipino American to be promoted to a general officer rank. Former Director of the Army National Guard Bureau. Former Director of the Recovery Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- Rudolph Davila – First Lieutenant, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor Recipient, World War II
- John Liu Fugh – Major General, U.S. Army, retired. First Chinese American officer to be promoted to a general officer rank in the United States Army; first Chinese American to serve as Judge Advocate General of the Army
- Barney F. Hajiro – Private, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Harry B. Harris Jr. – Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy. Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; former United States Sixth Fleet commander
- Mikio Hasemoto – Private, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Joe Hayashi – Private, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Shizuya Hayashi – Private, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Oscar Hilman – Brigadier General, U.S. Army, retired.
- Daniel Inouye – Captain, U.S. Army. Senator from Hawaii, Medal of Honor recipient World War II
- Terry Teruo Kawamura – Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam War
- Young-Oak Kim – Colonel, U.S. Army. First ethnic minority to lead a U.S. Army Battalion
- Yeiki Kobashigawa – Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Wah Kau Kong – Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps. First Chinese American fighter pilot
- Alice K. Kurashige – Captain, U.S. Marine Corps. First Japanese American woman to be commissioned in the United States Marine Corps
- Robert T. Kuroda – Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Ben Kuroki – Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Corps. Only Japanese American Army Air Force pilot to fly combat missions in the Pacific theater in World War II
- Hazel Ying Lee (李月英) – Civilian, Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP). First Chinese American woman to earn a pilot's license; flew for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II
- Kurt Lee – Major, US Marine Corps. First Asian American marine corps officer, Navy Cross recipient
- Brian L. Losey – Rear Admiral (Lower Half), U.S. Navy. Navy SEAL, and Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Africa (SOCAFRICA); Japanese American and first Asian American SEAL flag officer
- Viet Luong - Brigadier General, U.S. Army. First Vietnam-born general officer.
- Ron J. Maclaren – Rear Admiral (Lower Half), U.S. Navy. Director, Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office; Filipino American
- Eleanor Mariano – Rear Admiral (Lower Half), U.S. Navy, retired. First Filipino American to be promoted to a flag officer rank. Former White House physician
- Susan K. Mashiko – Major General, U.S. Air Force
- Roy Matsumoto – Master sergeant, U.S. Army. Member of Merrill's Marauders, and an inductee of the U.S. Army Rangers Hall Of Fame and the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame
- Spark Matsunaga – Captain, U.S. Army. Senator from Hawaii, 1977–1990
- Hiroshi Miyamura – Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in Korean War
- Kenneth P. Moritsugu – Rear Admiral (Upper Half), U.S. Public Health Service. Former acting Surgeon General of the United States
- Kaoru Moto – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Sadao Munemori – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Kiyoshi K. Muranaga – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Masato Nakae – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Shinyei Nakamine – Private, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- William K. Nakamura – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Joe M. Nishimoto – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- José B. Nísperos – Private, U.S. Army. First Asian American Medal of Honor recipient
- Allan M. Ohata – Captain, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Fred Ohr – Captain, U.S. Army Air Corps. To date, only Korean American fighter ace
- James K. Okubo – Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Yukio Okutsu – Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Allen K. Ono – Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, retired. First Japanese American Lieutenant General; first Asian American Lieutenant General
- Frank H. Ono – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Kazuo Otani – Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Quang X. Pham – Major, U.S. Marine Corps. First Vietnamese American naval aviator.
- Coral Wong Pietsch – Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserve, retired. First female Asian American general officer in the US Army.
- Eldon Regua – Major General, U.S. Army Reserve. Commanding General, 75th Division(BCTD). Only non-retired[update] Filipino American general officer.
- Joe Roche – Specialist, U.S. Army. Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and political commentator
- George T. Sakato – Private, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Eric Shinseki – General, U.S. Army, retired. Chief of Staff of the United States Army, 1999–2003; Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2009–Present (As of October 2009[update]). Highest ranked Asian American, As of October 2009[update], to have served in the United States military
- Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith – Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam War
- Edward Soriano – Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, retired. Former Commanding General of I Corps. Highest ranked Filipino American, As of October 2009[update], to have served in the United States military
- Ramon S. Subejano – Private First Class, U.S. Army. Silver Star recipient in World War II
- Benigno G. Tabora – Sergeant Major, U.S. Army. Purple Heart recipient, World War II
- Antonio Taguba – Major General, U.S. Army, retired. Author of the Taguba Report
- Peter M. Tan – Colonel, U.S. Army. DIMA Dental Corps Chief, Liaison to the Army Dental Corps Chief, Office of the Surgeon General; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon; Past-President, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
- Ted T. Tanouye – Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Bhagat Singh Thind – Private, U.S. Army. Enlisted in Army during World War I, was an acting Sergeant during training, honorably discharged at the end of the war.
- Telesforo Trinidad – Fireman Second Class, U.S. Navy. Only Asian American naval recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Eleanor Valentin – Rear Admiral (Lower Half), Medical Corps, U.S. Navy. Commander, Naval Medical Support Command
- Francis B. Wai – Captain, U.S. Army. Only Chinese American to have been awarded the Medal of Honor
- Ehren Watada – First Lieutenant, U.S. Army. First officer Operation Iraqi Freedom objector
- Mun Charn Wong – Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force. Pilot, World War II
- Ted Wong – Major General, U.S. Army. 26th chief of the U.S. Army Dental Corps
- Bruce Yamashita – Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, retired. Worked to expose racial discrimination
- Xiong Yan – Captain, U.S. Army. Chaplain, former Chinese dissident
- Rodney James Takashi Yano – Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam War
- James Yee – Captain, U.S. Army. Muslim Chaplain previously charged with Sedition
Foreign Military Service
- Arthur Chin (陳瑞鈿) – Major, National Revolutionary Army. World War II pilot and fighter ace with Canton Provincial Air Force
- Ma Dunjing – Major General, National Revolutionary Army. Chinese Muslim immigrated to Los Angeles in the United States after retirement in 1950
- Ma Hongkui – Lieutenant General, National Revolutionary Army. Chinese Muslim immigrated to Los Angeles in the United States after retirement in 1950
- Nobuaki Iwatake – Conscript, Imperial Japanese Army.
- Nguyễn Ngọc Loan – Brigadier General, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Subject of Eddie Adam's photograph
- Vang Pao, – Major General, Royal Lao Army. Hmong Leader, commander of CIA-supported Hmong forces during the Laotian Civil War
- Ngo Quang Truong – Lieutenant General, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Author
- 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments – segregated units predominately Filipino American units of World War II
- 442nd Regimental Combat Team – Highly decorated Asian American unit of World War II
- Military Intelligence Service – Unit primarily composed of Japanese-American linguists during World War II
- Philippine Scouts – Segregated Filipino American Army units from 1901 to 1946
- USS Rizal – Interwar period destroyer with a primarily Filipino American crew
- Guy Aoki - founder of Media Action Network for Asian Americans
- Ben Calhoun - Radio journalist at This American Life
- Christine Chen - Emmy award winning journalist and news anchor
- Jeff Chang – journalist, hip-hop historian
- Laura Chang – science editor, The New York Times
- Julie Chen – newsreader on The Early Show and host of Big Brother
- Anna Chen Chennault (陳香梅) – journalist, notable in American public life; also, wife of Claire Chennault - of the Flying Tigers
- Kiran Chetry – television news anchor
- Paul Cheung – Digital Journalists, 2013 to 2014 president of the Asian American Journalists Association
- Connie Chung - anchor and journalist, 2 Emmy Awards for Best Interviewer
- Ann Curry - anchor and correspondent for NBC News and The Today Show
- Veronica De La Cruz – CNN News anchor
- Sanjay Gupta - CNN senior medical correspondent
- Joseph Heco (1837–1897) - fisherman, writer, first to publish a Japanese language newspaper
- Rico Hizon - BBC news anchor
- Ching He Huang - cooking show host
- JT Tran - featured dating advice columnist for LA Weekly and Baller Magazine
- Michiko Kakutani - New York Times literary critic and author
- Ken Kashiwahara - first Asian American network news anchor, Emmy winning television journalist
- Guy Kawasaki - author, Apple evangelist
- Gobind Behari Lal - science journalist and the first Asian American Pulitzer prize winner
- Euna Lee - journalist
- Jennifer 8. Lee – journalist, The New York Times
- Carol Lin – news anchor
- Sam Chu Lin – journalist, one of the first Asian Americans on network TV news
- Lisa Ling (凌志慧) - journalist, known for her role as a co-host of ABC's The View and host of National Geographic Ultimate Explorer
- Michelle Malkin – Fox News Reporter and author
- Vinita Nair - current anchor of World News Now and America This Morning on ABC.
- Kent Ninomiya - anchor, reporter, news executive
- Uma Pemmaraju - Fox News Channel senior news anchor
- Aneesh Raman - CNN Middle East correspondent
- Shihab Rattansi - CNN International Anchor
- Scott Sassa - former President of NBC West Coast
- Iva Toguri (1916–2006) - radio broadcaster who has been nicknamed "Tokyo Rose"
- Kaity Tong – television news anchor, WPIX-TV
- Ben Fong-Torres (方振豪) – journalist, Rolling Stone
- Stephanie Trong - journalist, former Executive Editor, Jane Magazine; current Executive Editor Nylon Magazine
- Ali Velshi - CNN business anchor
- Zain Verjee - CNN anchor
- Michael Yamashita - president/CEO and publisher of Bay Area Reporter
- John Yang (journalist) - Peabody Award winning news correspondent and commentator for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams - Today (NBC program) - and MSNBC
- Jeff Yang – writer, media/business consultant, Asian American culture columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle
- Anthony Yuen – journalist
- Fareed Zakaria - editor of Newsweek, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN
- Daniel Akaka was elected to the U.S. Senate from Hawaii in 1990.
- George Ariyoshi became the first Asian American governor in the United States when he was elected Governor of Hawaii in 1974.
- Larry Asera, first Filipino American elected in the continental United States
- Kumar Barve became the first Indian-American in U.S. history elected to a state legislative body in 1990 and currently serves as the Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates.
- Thelma Buchholdt became the first Filipina American legislator and the first Filipino American legislator elected to office outside of Hawaii in 1974. She was elected by a constituency which was less than 1% Asian American, and served four terms in the Alaska state legislature.
- Anh "Joseph" Cao became the first Vietnamese American Congressman as a Representative for Louisiana in 2008.
- Ben Cayetano was elected Governor of Hawaii in 1994.
- Elaine Chao became the first Asian American woman and the first Chinese American in the U.S. Cabinet when George W. Bush appointed her Secretary of Labor in 2001.
- David S. Chang first Korean-American to chair a major state political party
- David L. Chew was appointed the White House Staff Secretary by President Ronald Reagan in 1985. It is the highest position in the Executive Office of the President held by an Asian American.
- Upendra J. Chivukula became the first Asian American elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2002.
- Sada Cumber First United States Ambassador to the OIC
- Charles Djou – Major, U.S. Army. Former Congressman from Hawaii.
- Tammy Duckworth – Major, U.S. Army. Former Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. First Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois.
- Hiram Fong became the first Asian American elected to the U.S. Senate in 1959.
- Nikki Haley, of Indian descent, is the governor of South Carolina and first Asian American woman governor.
- Colleen Hanabusa, Congresswoman from Hawaii
- Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California, first Asian/female/African American attorney general in the United States
- Foung Hawj, a pioneer Hmong broadcaster, was elected to Minnesota State Senate in 2012 with support from the Sierra Club and a broad multicultural network.
- Mazie Hirono, former lieutenant governor of State of Hawaii, currently Congresswomen from Hawaii
- Mike Honda a U.S. Congressman from California's 15th congressional district, became the highest-ranking Asian American member of the Democratic National Committee, as the party's Vice Chair in 2005.
- Daniel Inouye became the first Japanese American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1959. In 1962, he became the first Japanese American elected to the U.S. Senate. As of 2010, he is the President pro tempore of the United States Senate and third in the United States presidential line of succession.
- Bobby Jindal is an Indian American, currently serving as governor of Louisiana.
- Jane Kim is a Korean American politician and first Korean American elected official in San Francisco
- Tony Lam became the first Vietnamese American elected to office when he was elected to the Westminster, California city council in 1992.
- Gary Locke was elected the first Asian American governor in the mainland United States in November 1996 and became Governor of Washington in January 1997.
- John Liu became the first Asian American elected to the New York City Council (representing Flushing, Queens) in 2001.
- Doris Matsui, Congresswoman from California
- Jimmy Meng became the first Asian American elected to the New York State Legislature in 2004.
- Aruna Miller first Indian American woman elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010.
- Norman Mineta became the first Asian American in the U.S. Cabinet when Bill Clinton appointed him Secretary of Commerce in 2000, serving in that post until 2001, when George W. Bush appointed him to another Cabinet post (Secretary of Transportation), serving until 2006.
- Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress, as a representative of Hawaii in 1964; she ended up serving 12 terms.
- Mee Moua became the first Hmong American elected to any state legislature. A Democrat representing St. Paul's East Side, she is the highest ranking Hmong American elected official in the United States in 2002.
- Dalip Singh Saund became the first Asian immigrant elected to the U.S. Congress upon his election to the House of Representatives in 1956.
- Saghir Tahir Served as a New Hampshire State Representative. Only elected Muslim in the Republican Party.
- Van Tran was elected a Republican member of the California State Assembly and is the first Vietnamese American to serve in any state legislature in 2004.
- Hubert Vo, a Vietnamese immigrant, became the first Vietnamese American elected to the Texas Legislature in 2004.
- Shien Biau Woo became the first Asian American statewide officer in the Northeast, when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in 1984.
- Kimberly Yee became Arizona's first Asian American woman to serve as a member of the Arizona State Legislature.
- 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.
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, 1983 Nobel laureate in Physics.
- Min Chueh Chang, Co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill.
- Shiing-Shen Chern, mathematician and winner of the 1983 Wolf Prize for his work in differential geometry.
- Steven Chu, Nobel laureate in Physics in 1997 for research on cooling and trapping atoms using laser light and former United States Secretary of Energy.
- David D. Ho, HIV/AIDS researcher
- Har Gobind Khorana, shared the Nobel laureate in “Physiology or Medicine” in 1968 for work in genetics and protein synthesis.
- Tsung-Dao Lee, received the 1957 Nobel Laureate in Physics for work in particle physics along with Chen Ning Yang.
- Yuan T. Lee, 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
- Yoichiro Nambu, 2008 Nobel laureate in physics
- Santa J. Ono, President, University of Cincinnati, immunologist and vision scientist
- Charles J. Pedersen, 1987 Nobel laureate in Chemistry.
- Ching W. Tang, inventor of the organic light-emitting diode(OLED) and the hetero-junction organic photovoltaic cell (OPV). Winner of the 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry.
- Terence Tao, mathematician, 2006 Fields Medal winner.
- Samuel C.C. Ting, 1976 Nobel laureate in physics for discovering the existence of a new particle called j/psi.
- Roger Y. Tsien, 2008 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, for the discovery of the green fluorescent protein.
- Daniel Tsui, 1998 Nobel laureate in Physics for contributions to the discovery of the fractional Quantum Hall effect.
- Chien-Shiung Wu, winner of the 1978 Wolf Prize in Physics. First woman to be elected president of American Physical Society.
- Chen Ning Yang, received the 1957 Nobel Laureate in Physics for work in particle physics along with Tsung-Dao Lee.
- Shing-Tung Yau, mathematician, 1982 Fields Medal winner.
This section is a list of astronauts of Asian ancestry who are, by birth or naturalization, American citizens.
|Country of ancestry||Country of birth||Comment||Missions (Launch date)|
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 Gun-jin Wang
June 16, 1940
|China||First Chinese American in space.||STS-51-B (April 29, 1985)|
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)
September 14, 1950
|Vietnam||First Vietnamese American in space.||STS-50 (June 25, 1992)|
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)
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)
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 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 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 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||Kjell N. Lindgren
January 23, 1973
|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.|
- Cung Le – UFC mma fighter / former Strikeforce middleweight champion
- Benny Agbayani – former outfielder for New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, and Chiba Lotte Marines
- David Bautista – WWE performer going by the name "Batista."
- Mohini Bhardwaj – American gymnast and 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the gymnastics team competition.
- Raj Bhavsar – 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the gymnastics team competition.
- Tedy Bruschi – American football linebacker for the New England Patriots
- Sim Bhullar – center for the Sacramento Kings
- Johnny Chan – professional Poker Player
- Michael Chang – won tennis' French Open in 1989.
- Tiffany Chin – won the US Figure Skating Championship in 1985.
- Amy Chow – won gold and silver medals in gymnastics during the 1996 Olympics.
- Norm Chow – is the currently offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans after helping lead USC to several NCAA championships as the offensive coordinator there.
- Julie Chu – Olympics hockey player
- Clarissa Chun – 2 time Olympic Women's freestyle 48 kg (105.5 lbs) wrestler
- Brandon Chillar – American football linebacker for the Green Bay Packers.
- Bryan Clay – won the decathlon gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, and was the sport's 2005 world champion.
- Natalie Coughlin – Olympic gold medalist in swimming.
- Johnny Damon – 2 time All-Star MLB outfielder currently a free agent.
- Toby Dawson – won a 2006 Olympic bronze medal in Men’s Freestyle Skiing.
- Victoria Draves – won gold medals in the 1948 platform and springboard events.
- Mark Foo – professional surfer
- Alexi Grewal – Gold Medalist in 1984 Summer Olympics in cycling
- Steven Ho – Martial Artist
- Ivana Hong – American gymnast
- Rena Inoue – first place in the 2004 and 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships (pairs).
- Travis Ishikawa – Free Agent first baseman.
- Haley Ishimatsu American platform diver and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
- Natasha Kai American soccer player and part of the gold medal winning team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Evelyn Kawamoto won two Olympic bronze medals in swimming in 1952.
- Anthony Kim American professional golfer and part of the winning USA team in the 2008 Ryder Cup
- Ford Konno former world record holder, two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time Olympic silver medalist in swimming (1952 and 1956).
- Tommy Kono former world record holder, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Olympic silver medalist in weightlifting (1952, 1956, and 1960).
- Michelle Kwan has won nine national championships and five world titles, as well as two Olympic medals (silver in 1998, bronze in 2002).
- Jeanette Lee pool player
- Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to earn an Olympic Gold Medal, when he won in platform diving in both 1948 and 1952.
- Jeremy Lin – guard for the Houston Rockets
- Tim Lincecum – 2 time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
- Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season, when he played for the New York Knicks.
- Mirai Nagasu, won the singles title at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
- Haruki Nakamura Free Safety of the Carolina Panthers
- Hikaru Nakamura became the youngest American ever to earn the titles of National Master (age 10) and International Grandmaster (age 15) in chess.
- Paeng Nepomuceno – won in almost every major international bowling championships
- Dat Nguyen was an All-American linebacker at Texas A&M University and later became the first Vietnamese American in the National Football League.
- Apolo Anton Ohno won eight Olympic medals in short-track speed skating (two gold) in 2002, 2006, and 2010 as well as a world cup championship.
- Yoshinobu Oyakawa former world record holder and 1952 Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter backstroke.
- Harold Sakata won a weightlifting silver medal in the 1948 Olympics
- Eric Sato won an 1988 Olympic gold medal in volleyball
- Liane Sato won an 1992 Olympic bronze medal in volleyball
- Vijay Singh – Professional Golfer
- Eric Spoelstra head coach of the Miami Heat
- Kevin Tan American gymnast and part of the bronze medal winning team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Sonya Thomas is one of the world's top competitive eaters.
- Brandon Vera UFC fighter
- Hines Ward was the MVP of Super Bowl XL while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Ed Wang became the first fully Chinese-American selected in the NFL Draft when drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
- Michelle Wie, golfer
- Tiger Woods, golfer
- Kristi Yamaguchi won three national figureskating championships, two world titles, and the 1992 Olympic Gold medal.
- Tabitha Yim American gymnast
- Caroline Zhang American figure skater and 2007 Junior World Champion.
- List of Asian American writers
- List of Bangladeshi Americans
- List of Cambodian Americans
- List of Chinese Americans
- List of Filipino Americans
- List of Hmong Americans
- List of Indian Americans
- List of Indonesian Americans
- List of Japanese Americans
- List of Korean Americans
- List of Laotian Americans
- List of Pakistani Americans
- List of Sri Lankan Americans
- List of Taiwanese Americans
- List of Vietnamese Americans
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