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.



Fashion design










News media

Politics and government

Law and judiciary

Civil Rights

  • Grace Lee Boggs (Lee 玉平) - Community activist in African-American community, leftist writer
  • 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
  • Helen Zia (謝漢蘭) - community activist and writer

Science and academia

Liberal arts


Nobel prize winners

University administrators





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