List of Asian Americans

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This article is a list of notable Asian Americans.




Business and industry


Actors and filmmakers

Choreographers and dancers



Reality TV participants



  • David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurant group and in multiple television shows
  • Joyce Chen, popularized northern-style Chinese cuisine in the United States
  • Cecilia Chiang (江孫芸), founder of the Mandarin Restaurant. Chiang's son, Philip Chiang, is the co-founder of restaurant chain P. F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Roy Choi, creator of the gourmet Korean taco truck, Kogi
  • Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef, won with Bobby Flay in an Iron Chef America challenge
  • Soleil Ho, chef, food writer, host of podcast "The Racist Sandwich", and restaurant critic
  • Eddie Huang, chef and author of Fresh Off the Boat
  • Madhur Jaffrey, James Beard award-winning food and travel writer, and television personality
  • Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author and host of Top Chef and Host of "Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi"
  • Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table and food journalist
  • Emily Kim, creator and host of popular YouTube channel Maangchi, teaching Korean cooking
  • Niki Nakayama, chef and owner of Michelin-starred n/naka restaurant
  • Jet Tila, celebrity chef and restaurateur and guest on “Cutthroat Kitchen”
  • Ming Asai (蔡明), chef and restaurateur (Blue Ginger); host of Emmy Award-winning television show East Meets West
  • Roy Yamaguchi, owner of Roy's Restaurants
  • Martin Yan, chef and food writer, hosted his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982
  • Jennifer Yee, award-winning, James Beard, nominated pastry chef
  • Molly Yeh, cookbook author and blogger





Foreign military service






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

No. Image Name
Birth date
Ancestry 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
Taiwan Republic of China First Chinese American astronaut in space. STS-51-B (April 29, 1985)
3 Changdiaz.jpg Franklin Chang-Diaz
April 5, 1950
 Costa Rica
 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
 South Vietnam First Vietnamese American in space. STS-50 (June 25, 1992)
5 Leroy Chiao Astronaut.jpg Leroy Chiao, Taiwanese American astronaut
August 28, 1960
Taiwan Taiwan  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
 South 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)
Soyuz TMA-05M (July 15, 2012)
Boeing Starliner-1 (future flight)
11 Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Official Photo.jpg Kjell N. Lindgren
January 23, 1973
Taiwan Taiwan
 United States
Taiwan Taiwan Selected in 2009 to NASA Astronaut Group 20. He launched to the International Space Station as part of Expedition 44 in June 2015 with Soyuz TMA-17M. Soyuz TMA-17M (July 22, 2015)
SpaceX Crew-4 (future flight)
12 Raja Chari portrait.jpg Raja Chari
June 24, 1977
 India  United States Selected in 2017 to NASA Astronaut Group 22. SpaceX Crew-3 (future flight)
12 Jonny Kim portrait.jpg Jonny Kim
February 5, 1984
 South Korea  United States Selected in 2017 to NASA Astronaut Group 22.


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