List of Chinese Americans

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This is a list of notable Chinese Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants who have made exceptional contributions to various facets of American society.

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

Arts

Dance

Fashion design

Literature

Theater

Visual arts

Business

Financial

Food

Industrial

Internet

Technology

Other

Entertainment

Actors

Directors

Musicians

Other

Journalism and news media

Military

Politics and government

National politics

Congress

Local and state

Law and judiciary

Community and civil rights

  • Grace Lee Boggs (Lee 玉平) – community activist in African-American community; leftist writer
  • Chin Lin Sou – community leader
  • Hung Wai Ching – community leader and businessman
  • Goo Kim Fui (古今辉) – President, United Chinese Society in Hawaii, 1892–1898; played an instrumental role in uniting the Chinese and fighting for their rights during the anti-Chinese agitation in Hawaii in the 1880s
  • Charles Goodall Lee – first licensed Chinese American dentist in the United States, financier of Chinese American Citizens Alliance in Oakland Chinatown, spouse of Clara Elizabeth Chan Lee
  • Clara Elizabeth Chan Lee – first Chinese American woman voter in the United States
  • Mabel Ping-Hua Lee – Chinese advocate for women's suffrage in the United States, community organizer in New York City's Chinatown, and leader of the First Chinese Baptist Church in Chinatown.
  • Wong Chin Foo (王清福) – 19th-century civil rights activist and journalist
  • Wong Kim Ark (黃金德) – his lawsuit established the principle of citizenship by virtue of birth on US soil
  • Harry Wu (吴弘达) – human rights activist, focuses on Laogai prison camps and human rights in China
  • Sherman Wu – civil rights activist, famous racial discrimination incident by university fraternity
  • Xiao Qiang (萧强) – MacArthur Fellowship for human rights activism, publisher of China Digital Times covering rights and censorship in China, journalism professor
  • John C. Young (容兆珍) – San Francisco Chinatown leader
  • Helen Zia (謝漢蘭) – community activist and writer

Science and academia

Nobel Prize

Mathematics award winners

Chemistry

Computer science

Engineering

Mathematics

Medicine and biosciences

Physics

Economics, Finance, Statistics, OR

Social sciences

Humanities

University administration

Sports

Other

Astronauts

Gang leaders and criminals

Crime victims

Religious leaders

Other

  • Bei Bei Shuai (帅贝贝) – Prosecuted for murder and feticide due to a pregnancy loss after a suicide attempt.


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