List of Chinese Canadians

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This is a list of Chinese Canadians including both original immigrants who obtained Canadian citizenship and their Canadian-born descendants who are notable, have made significant contributions to the Canadian or international culture or society politically, artistically or scientifically, or have prominently appeared in the news.

Politics and public service[edit]

Law and judiciary[edit]

  • Jim Chu (朱小荪), first Chinese Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Service
  • Won Alexander Cumyow (溫金有), first person of Chinese origin born in Canada; as a court interpreter, was also the first ethnic-Chinese government official in Canada
  • Guo Guoting, prominent lawyer who defended dissidents and Falun Gong practitioners
  • Linda Ann Loo, Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • Kew Dock Yip, first Chinese-Canadian lawyer
  • Avvy Go, prominent social justice lawyer and member of the Order of Ontario



Visual arts[edit]

  • Raymond Chow, martial arts film producer
  • Richard Fung, video artist, writer, public intellectual and theorist
  • Terence Koh, diverse work sometimes involving queer, punk, and pornographic sensibilities
  • Ken Lum, public art champion, award-winning educator
  • Bruce Mau, design, architecture, art, museums, film, eco-environmental design, and conceptual philosophy
  • Paul Wong, award-winning artist, curator, and organizer of public interventions
  • Tobi Wong




Science and technology[edit]

  • Thomas Chang, physician, medical scientist, and inventor credited with co-inventing the world's first artificial cell
  • James K. M. Cheng, architect
  • Kin-Yip Chun, geophysicist
  • Roger Hui, computer scientist and co-developer of the J programming language
  • Yuet Wai Kan, medical scientist and physician; pioneer of applying molecular biology and genetics into clinical medicine
  • Victor Ling, medical researcher whose research focuses on drug resistance in cancer; known for his discovery of P-glycoprotein
  • Tak Wah Mak, medical researcher, geneticist, oncologist, and biochemist; known for his discovery of the T-cell receptor and pioneering work in the genetics of immunology
  • Bing Thom, architect
  • Paul Tseng, applied mathematician who went missing while kayaking in the Yangtze River in the Yunnan province of China and is presumed dead
  • Tsui Lap-chee, geneticist
  • Joseph Yu Kai Wong, physician and philanthropist
  • William Kwong Yu Yeung, astronomer; discoverer of asteroids and the comet 172P/Yeung

Education and academia[edit]


  • Susur Lee, chef and international restaurateur based in Toronto


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  3. ^ Perdani, Yuliasri (December 12, 2015). "Debbie Wong: From acting to food hero". Jakarta Post.