List of Vietnamese Americans
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This is a list of notable Vietnamese Americans. To be included on this list, a person must not only be notable in the Vietnamese-American community, but must have also garnered recognition from mainstream America. (Thus, the inclusion of a Vietnamese-American with recognition only within the Vietnamese community, such as a singer from Thúy Nga's Paris by Night concerts, is not acceptable.)
To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Vietnamese American or must have references showing they are Vietnamese American and are notable.
Arts and entertainment
- James Duval – actor, mother is of Vietnamese-French descent
- Jonathan Ke Quan – former child actor in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies
- Lance Krall – actor and star of FREE RADIO on VH1
- Hiep Thi Le – actress known for role in Heaven & Earth, third film in director Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy.
- Dustin Nguyen – actor
- Maggie Q. – former model and actress in Mission Impossible III.
- Kathy Uyen – actress, producer, and writer.
- Rosie Tran – writer, actress, and comedian.
- Thuy Trang – actress known for role as The Yellow Power Ranger in the series Power Rangers
- Jeannie Mai – makeup artist, fashion expert, actress, TV personality and model
Anchors and reporters
- Betty Nguyen – CBS Early Morning News anchor, former CNN anchor.
- Mary Nguyen- Award Winning reporter, First Asian-American, Miss Teenage America.
- Leyna Nguyen- Emmy Award winning anchor.
- Van Tieu – Anchor for KFYRTV
- Thuy Vu – Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter for CBS-5 Television in San Francisco
- Doan Hoang – director and producer of the PBS documentary film about a family in the Vietnam War, Oh, Saigon.
- Steve Nguyen – director and film producer
- Poreotics ABDC season 5 Champions
- Matthew "Dumbo" Vinh Quoc Nguyen
- Charles Viet Nguyen
- Can Trong "Candy" Nguyen
- Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen – concert pianist and artist
- Cuong Vu – Grammy award winning jazz trumpeter and vocalist
- Tyga – Vietnamese and Jamaican rapper signed to Young Money and Cash Money Records
- Chloe Dao – fashion designer/winner of television show "Project Runway"
- Dat Phan – comedian, winner of first Last Comic Standing
- Jonas Bevacqua – adopted Vietnamese American fashion designer, creator of urbanwear LRG
- Michelle Phan – YouTube beauty guru
- Hung Huynh – chef, Top Chef (season 3) winner
- Tom Vu – info-mercial icon, professional poker player and real estate investor.
- Tila Tequila – Was most popular female on MySpace. Had her own MTV show. Appeared in FHM Magazine
- Christine Ha – chef who was MasterChef (US season 3) winner
- John Eklund – time-lapse photographer known for the video Purely Pacific Northwest
- Isabelle Du – Competitor from 25th season of The Amazing Race on CBS
- David Pham - www.sockheadsla.com........ Custom Nike Elite Socks
- Maria Mai-Thuy Swenka - First Vietnamese-American National Park Ranger. Worked at the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii May 2006
- Hung Vu - Top 10 (High-tech) Bosses by Washington Post & Washtech Magazine
- Trung Dung – engineer, who sold his OnDisplay to Vignette Corporation in 2000 for $1.8 billion
- Frank Jao – pioneer behind Little Saigon, Westminster, California, and the Asian Garden Mall
- Bill Nguyen – founder of onebox.com and lala.com, sold for $850 million and $80 million respectively
- David Tran – founder of Huy Fong Foods, maker of Sriracha Chili Sauce
- Chieu Le - 2003 Orange County Business Person of the Year (NewAmericaMedia.org)
- James Mai - Managing Partner of Bristol & Bates International in Newport Beach California
Literature and journalism
- Aimee Phan – author of We Should Never Meet
- Andrew X. Pham – author of Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam (1999)
- Chau Nguyen – news anchor. First Vietnamese-American to be awarded a regional Emmy-award.
- Doan Van Toai – author of The Vietnamese Gulag
- Huynh Sanh Thong – author known for the An Anthology of Vietnamese Poems: From the Eleventh through the Twentieth Centuries
- Kien Nguyen – author of The Unwanted, a Memoir of Childhood.
- Lan Cao – former attorney and current law professor, author of Monkey Bridge
- Le Ly Hayslip – Author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, which was turned into a motion picture (Heaven & Earth) directed by Oliver Stone.
- Le Thi Diem Thuy – Award winning author of the novel, "The Gangster We Are All Looking For"
- Mong-Lan – college professor and author of Song of the Cicadas
- Monique Truong- author of the Book of Salt
- Nguyen Chi Thien – poet and winner of international poetry award in 1985
- Nguyen Do – poet, editor and translator. Co-author of Black Dog, Black Night Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed, 2008) and Beyond the Court Gate: Selected Poems of Nguyen Trai (Counterpath Press, 2010)
- Nguyen Qui Duc – essayist and radio producer and author of Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family
- Nhuan Xuan Le – author of numerous Vietnamese Poems & Human Rights activist; author of "Poems by Selected Vietnamese".
- Quang X. Pham – author and founder of Lathian Systems, a pharmaceutical promotions company.
- Stephanie Trong – Jane Magazine executive editor
- Trinh T. Minh-ha – author, post-colonial scholar, and filmmaker
- Ut Huynh Cong – photographer. First Vietnamese American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography (1973) and the World Press Award
- Hung Vu - First Naturalized Vietnamese-born Naval Aviator (June 1987)
- Viet Xuan Luong – Brigadier General, first Vietnamese American to command a Brigade in the U.S. Army.
- Lê Bá Hưng - First Vietnamese-American Navy captain. Commands USS Lassen missile guided destroyer.
- Nguyễn Ngọc Loan – Brigadier General, ARVN; subject of Eddie Adam's photograph
- Tung M. Nguyen – US Army Special Forces SFC killed in Iraq War
- Nguyen Van Kiet – Petty Officer Third Class in the Republic of Vietnam Navy and recipient of the US Navy Cross.
- Nguyen Quy An – Major in the Republic of Vietnam Air Force and a recipient of the United States Distinguished Flying Cross.
- Quang X. Pham – first Vietnamese American to earn naval aviator's wings in the U.S. Marine Corps, author and politician.
- Elizabeth Pham – first Vietnamese American to become a Fixed Wing Naval Aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps; later deployed to Iraq, becoming part of the first all-female F/A-18 aircrew and flying over 130 combat missions.
- James Văn Thạch – only Vietnamese American to coordinate and complete a US military base named Combat Outpost Shocker in Iraq.
- Ngo Quang Truong – former general of ARVN and author.
- James Le - Captain (active), U.S. Navy
Politics and law
- Hubert Vo – Texas state representative
- Janet Nguyen – Orange County Board of Supervisors, California State Senator.
- John Quoc Duong – President George W. Bush's appointee as Executive Director of The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
- John Tran – First Vietnamese-American Mayor in US, Mayor of Rosemead, California
- Joseph Cao – First Vietnamese-American Congressman representing Louisiana's 2nd congressional district
- Kok Ksor – president of the Montagnard Foundation, Inc.
- Lan Cao – law professor, novelist.
- Jacqueline H. Nguyen – US Circuit Judge. First Vietnamese-American federal judge. First Asian-American woman to sit on the federal appellate court.
- Madison Nguyen – San Jose City Council member and Vice Mayor of City of San Jose, California.
- Mina Nguyen – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Affairs and Public Liaison at the US Treasury Department.
- Huu Chanh Nguyen – founder and former Prime Minister of the Government of Free Vietnam
- Phuc Buu Chanh Nguyen – president of the Vietnamese Constitutional Monarchist League, member of Vietnam's Nguyễn Dynasty
- Tony Lam – first Vietnamese-American elected official. Former Westminster, California city council.
- Van Tran – California State Assemblyman
- Viet D. Dinh – former United States Assistant Attorney General who drafted the USA Patriot Act
- Tri Ta – Westminster's Tri Ta is nation's first Vietnamese American elected mayor
Science and education
- Han T. Dinh – Director of Vehicle Engineering – United States Postal Service. Washington DC. Winner of 2006 White House "Closing Of Circle Award" .
- Bui Tuong Phong – computer graphics pioneer. Inventor of Phong reflection model and Phong shading interpolation method
- Duy-Loan Le – prominent Texas Instruments engineer.
- Eugene H. Trinh – NASA astronaut, the first Vietnamese-American to travel into outer space
- Hồ Thành Việt, founder of VNI Software Co., California.
- Tue Nguyen - a scholar who earned 7 degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Jane Luu – astronomer, co-discoverer of Kuiper Belt and many asteroids.
- Xuan Vinh Nguyen – professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan. The first Vietnamese to receive the Dirk Brouwer award (2007). Author of Pilot's Life
- Anh Duong Nguyet – responsible for the creation of the Thermobaric weapon.
- Trịnh Xuân Thuận – author of The Birth of the Universe, astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia.
- Tuan Vo-Dinh – inventor, professor and Director of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics of Duke University. Ranked No. 43 on a list of the world's top 100 living geniuses
- Xuong Nguyen-Huu – Biology professor, University of California. Pioneer in AIDS research; invented the X-ray Multiwire Area Detector.
- Hau Thai-Tang – 2005 Ford Mustang's chief engineer; Chief Purchasing Officer Ford Motor Co.
- Amy Tran – Field hockey player.
- Catherine Mai Lan Fox – Olympic swimmer with two gold medals.
- Cung Le – Kickboxer/MMA fighter, undefeated San Shou champion, and former Strikeforce champion and coach
- Danny Graves – MLB baseball player
- Dat Nguyen – NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys assistant linebackers and defensive quality control coach
- Dat Nguyen – Pro boxing Professional boxer
- David Pham – professional poker, won two World Series of Poker bracelets and has made seven final tables at the World Poker Tour
- Don Nguyen- Pro skateboarder
- Howard Bach – badminton player – former world champion (2005)
- Lee Nguyen – Major League Soccer soccer player, currently plays for the New England Revolution.
- Leta Lindley- LPGA Tour golfer
- J.C. Tran – professional poker player. As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings amount to $7,996,635
- Minh Thai - First world Rubik's Cube champion (1982) at 22.95 seconds. Author of the book, "The Winning Solution".
- Jim Parque – In 1996, he was the only left-handed pitcher on the Olympics baseball team that won a bronze medal in Atlanta.
- Men Nguyen – professional poker player. As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,700,000
- Mimi Tran – professional poker player. As of 2008, her total live tournament winnings exceed $1,400,000
- Nam Phan- MMA fighter in the UFC
- Scotty Nguyen – professional poker player
- Luong Kim Dinh, catholic priest, scholar and philosopher.
-  "Vietnamese newcomer Ke Huy Quan makes a shrill debut..."
-  "I was only the first Vietnamese kid in the state..."
-  "She’s a gorgeous, Hawaiian born, Vietnamese/American actress, a model gone action star in films in Japan and China"
-  "Vietnamese-American actress, and was born in Saigon, South Vietnam."
-  "Like most Vietnamese-Americans, I was going to pursue a career that’s often regarded as bringing honor to the family..."
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- Cindy Adams (April 26, 2013). "Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, former fiancee of Brian Grazer, unveils her new paintings in SoHo with chef Laurent Tourondel". New York Post. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "Brian Grazer’s ex-fiancee still sports his diamond ring". New York Post. September 29, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "Married Eric Schmidt dating concert pianist Chau-Giang Nguyen". New York Post. September 3, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, Piano – Tuesday, October 23, 2012". Carnegie Hall. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
-  "CUONG VU is a Vietnamese born jazz trumpeter"
-  "That is, after all, how the 34-year-old Vietnamese-American refugee became a successful..."
-  "Dat Phan is actually my real name. It's actually derived from China, even though I'm Vietnamese"
- Department of Interior, National Park Service, Personnel Records, Denver, Colorado
- Vu, Hung. "Chief Technology Officer". VBrick Systems. LinkedIn.
-  "Nguyen parlayed his ascending reputation and Onebox.com's buzz into an $850 million merger with Phone.com"
- Le, Chieu. "Entrepreneur". NewAmericaMedia.
-  "Bristol & Bates, a management consulting firm based in Irvine, named James Mai as CEO. Mai will be based in Newport Beach."
-  "Aimee Phan offers her observations as a Vietnamese American..."
- UMass Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press
- "Monique Truong". Houghtonmifflinbooks.com. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "Thanh Thanh". Lexuannhuan.tripod.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
- Kaczor, Bill (June 19, 1987). "VIETNAMESE REFUGEE USES PASTA, PERSEVERANCE TO EARN NAVY WINGS". AP News Archive.
- The Tonight Show. "List of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson episodes (1986)". Wikipedia. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
- ".". Army Times. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- Spc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. "Rakkasans welcome incoming leadership". The Fort Campbell Courier. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "Military Operations in Afghanistan". C-SPAN Video Library. December 28, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
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- "Army Sgt. 1st Class Tung M. Nguyen". Military Times.
- "1 Asian Legends". Content.yudu.com. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "Vietnamese-American Army Captain Builds Military Base in Iraq". Prweb.com. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
-  "Hubert Vo: First Vietnamese American State Legislator in Texas"
-  "Another notable Vietnamese American dedicated to public service is John Quoc Duong, who serves under President George W. Bush, as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."
- ".". AsianWeek.com. Retrieved January 5, 2013.[dead link]
-  "...led by Jarai-American Kok Ksor..."
-  "It is the first novel by a Vietnamese-American about the war experience and its aftermath..."
- "Jacqueline H. Nguyen of L.A. confirmed to U.S. 9th Circuit Court," Los Angeles Times. May 7, 2012
- "Onetime Vietnam refugee confirmed to be a federal appeals judge". latimes.com. May 8, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "." (Press release). www.treas.gov. Retrieved January 5, 2013.[dead link]
- "Biography of Prince Buu Chanh". Asianamerican.net. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
-  "Orange County voters made Van Tran the highest-ranking Vietnamese American public official in the country this week when they elected him to the state Assembly."
-  "Like many Vietnamese immigrants, Dinh's emotional experience in his homeland steered him toward the Republican Party..."
- "Westminster's Tri Ta is nation's first Vietnamese American elected mayor" 
- "Biography of Han Dinh". Asianamerican.net. April 21, 1993. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
- "Postal Service Honored With White House Closing the Circle Awards for Biodiesel Fuel...". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
- "Phỏng vấn kỹ sư Đinh Trường Hân, người quản lý kỹ thuật của hơn 200,000 xe hơi của bưu điện Mỹ". Voatiengviet.com. September 11, 2006. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
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-  "Vietnamese-American astronomer"
- Vo-Dinh has been ranked No. 43 on a list of the world's top 100 living geniuses in a survey conducted by Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm "Top 100 living geniuses". Telegraph.co.uk (London). October 31, 2007. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
-  "Growing up as a skinny Vietnamese refuge, Cung Le was an easy target for bullies..."
-  "Graves, the only Vietnamese-born player in the major leagues, left Saigon when he was only 14 months old."
-  "Nguyen and 10 other Vietnamese boys were segregated to one team..."
- "New School Pick of the Week: Dat Nguyen – Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. November 9, 2009. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
-  "Like other Vietnamese players..."
- J. C. Tran
-  "Men Nguyen was born in Vietnam. At age 13 he quit school and began working as a bus driver. In 1978, when he was 24, he and other 87 Vietnamese people escaped from their native country by boat."
-  "Such is already the case with Mimi Tran, a Vietnamese émigré..."
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