Here is a list of some famous Asian Americans and their accomplishments.
Duke Kahanamoku – Olympic Medal Swimmer and International Surfer
Dr. Feng Shan Ho – Chinese American Diplomat who saved thousands of Austrian Jews’ lives during the Holocaust
Dalip Singh Saund – First Asian American elected to Congress in 1956.
Chinese Laborers built Central Pacific Railroad Line which was the most dangerous part.
Steven Chu – Built an Instrument to Measure Gravity and is a Pulitzer Prize Winner
Yo-Yo Ma – one of the World’s Greatest Musicians
Maya Lin – a Monumental Architect she Designed the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Amy Tan – Famous Writer
Jerry Yang – Created the Yahoo! Directory
Michelle Kwan – World Figure Skating Champion
Patsy Takemoto Mink - The first female Asian American elected to Congress was elected in 1964 as a representative from Hawaii.
Hiram Fong – First Asian American U.S. senator: 1959, one of Hawaii's first two senators.
Herbert Choy – First Asian American Federal Court Judge in 1971 appointed to the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit.
Julia Chang Bloch – First Asian American U.S. ambassador, appointed to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989.
George R. Ariyoshi – First Asian American Governor in1974, governor of Hawaii. The first on the mainland was Gary Locke, elected governor of Washington in 1996.
Norman Yoshio Mineta – First Asian American Mayor of a major U.S. city: 1971, in San Jose, California. First Asian American Member of presidential cabinet: 2000, appointed secretary of commerce. In 2001, he became the first cabinet member to switch directly from a Democratic to Republican cabinet—becoming secretary of transportation—and the only Democrat in George W. Bush's cabinet.
Elaine Chao – The first female Asian-American cabinet member was, appointed secretary of labor in 2001.
Ellison Onizuka – First Asian American Astronaut (in space):, first spaceflight in 1985. Died in the 1986 Challenger disaster.
Asian-American Firsts: Science and Medicine
Flossie Wong-Staal – Cloned the AIDS virus in 1984.
Haing Ngor – First Asian American Academy Award winner:, Best Supporting Actor of 1984 for his role in The Killing Fields
Ken Kashiwahara and Connie Chung – First Asian American network news reporters:, 1974. In 1993, Chung became the first Asian American to be a nightly news anchor for a major network (CBS).
Eugene Chung – First Asian American selected in the first round of NFL draft:, 1992, selected by New England.