List of Korean Americans

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The following is a list of notable Korean Americans, including original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

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


Art and design[edit]


Culinary arts[edit]

  • David Chang, chef, owner of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ko and Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York City
  • Judy Joo, chef, owner of Jinjuu Restaurant (London and Hong Kong) Iron Chef on Iron Chef UK; judge on Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef; host of Korean Food Made Simple Cooking Channel; judge on Kitchen Inferno
  • Beverly Kim, finalist on Top Chef (Season 9); first winner of Top Chef Last Chance Kitchen; chef at Bonsoiree, Chicago, Illinois
  • Kristen Kish, winner of Top Chef (Season 10); chef at Stir, Boston, Massachusetts



Law and government[edit]

Elected officials[edit]


See Korean American writers for a more extensive list.




Science, technology and education[edit]



  • Philip Jaisohn, first Korean to become an American citizen; first Korean American to receive an American medical degree


  1. ^ a b Lela Lee[1] "I am Korean American. My parents immigrated and I was born here. I was actually the only daughter to be born in the U.S. I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, an hour east of Los Angeles. When I grew up, there were probably two other Asian families and we were made fun of. They would say, "Oh are you Chinese?" And I would say, "No." And they would say, "Are you Japanese?" And I would say, "No." And they would say, "Well, what are you then?" I would say, "I'm Korean" and they would say, "Where is that?" My parents were probably part of the first influx of Koreans to come to the U.S. at that time in the early 70s."
  2. ^ [2] "Art Space Talk: Amy Sol"
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  8. ^ "Thai Lee Owns America's Largest Woman-Owned Business: Forbes". 
  9. ^ "Fitbit's launch in Korea a big step for company". 
  10. ^ Ho, Soyoung (January 12, 2009). "Bankers, Grocers and Lots of Kims". Forbes. 
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  13. ^ [3]"Twitch's Interview with Chung"
  14. ^ Bobby Lee[4] "Korean King of Comedy: Bobby Lee"
  15. ^ Sung-Hi Lee[5] "Korean hottie Sung Hi Lee"
  16. ^ "Eun Yang". NBC4 Washington. 
  17. ^ "Hackensack attorney appointed to court". North Jersey Media Group. January 15, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Assembly Member Young Kim - Assembly District 65". 
  19. ^ "The Making of Peter Rhee". 
  20. ^ [6] "The Korean classical piano trio “Ahn Trio,”"
  21. ^ [7] "Half Korean, half African-American, Amerie has lived all over the world..."
  22. ^ [8] "Meanwhile, under the subtitle “Becoming a World-Famous Violinist,” the unit also pays tribute to Korean-American violinist Sarah Chang..."
  23. ^ [9] "Hahn, a Korean American..."
  24. ^ [10] "Korean-American sensation Crystal Kay, are among Japan's best and most established..."
  25. ^ MetaKorean » Korean American Community » Interview with John Myung, Korean Poker Pro
  26. ^ [11] "Yet with Lena Park, and a selected number of Korean artists..."
  27. ^ "Home". 
  28. ^ [12] "For Emerging Korean-American Singer Susie Suh, Songs are Like Tattoos"
  29. ^ Walsh, Paul (July 18, 2013). "Obituary: John Chun, design wizard behind the Mustang Shelby sports car". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
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  33. ^ "Helen Demong: an Adirondack woman who opens doors". Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  34. ^ Jeanette Lee[13] "As a first generation Korean American, Jeanette was raised in a bilingual household which stressed both Korean traditional values and the American ideal of opportunity."

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