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Let's recognize some of our favorite Notable Asians here! They don't have to be Hollywood celebrities, either! They could be politicians, scientists, or people not as well-known that you feel deserve mention. Once you start thinking about it, you may find that there are more Asians "hiding in plain sight" than we realized! 

Let's have some fun with this one!

Looking forward to seeing your contributions!

--Christina
Group Owner, Asian & Pacific Island Families Forum
Group Owner, SCUBA & Snorkeling Moms


by on Feb. 7, 2007 at 11:50 PM
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christinaliu
by Group Admin on Mar. 2, 2007 at 6:01 PM
Let's see, Asians in other major sports...

Michael Chang (won the French Open in 1989)

Golfers (other than Tiger Woods), there's Vijay Singh, T.C. Chen and female golfers Se Ri Pak, and Michelle Wie.  Believe it or not, there's actually a magazine called Asian American Golf Magazine! 

While I was google-surfing, I found this article online about Korean Women who are dominating some sports.  It's pretty interesting! 

Finally, there's C.K. Yang, who won the Silver Medal representing Taiwan in the Decathlon in 1960.  He passed away a month ago at age 74.



christinaliu
by Group Admin on Mar. 8, 2007 at 3:47 PM
I just came across a Korean Opera Singer, soprano Soojin Moon.  She's singing with the Orlando Opera in a production of Madama Butterfly.  Imagine that!  A real Asian playing one of few Asian parts in the Opera repertoire!


KatCh
by on Mar. 8, 2007 at 5:46 PM
Christina, your post brought back memories of when Madame Butterfly was on Broadway. I remember BD Wong playing the part of the woman who was actually a man. Hey, that's another one for your list. I can't remember what else he was in, except Father of the Bride.
iiesha
by on Mar. 8, 2007 at 6:10 PM
Dr. David Da-I Ho,
AIDS research pioneer. Dr. David Ho has been a leader in the field of HIV/AIDS research for over a decade. The impact of his work on the viral dynamics of HIV changed the way HIV/AIDS is investigated and treated, and earned him Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" award in 1996.


Maya Lin, artist (born October 10, 1959) Maya Lin is best known for designing the most visited public artwork of the 20th century, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, 

Patsy Takemoto Mink , U.S. Congresswoman (1928 - 2002) Patsy Mink was the first Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She introduced the first comprehensive Early Childhood Education Act and co-authored the landmark legislation that prohibits gender discrimination in federally funded schools.

Spark Matsunaga, U.S. Senator (1916 - 1990) Spark Matsunaga was one of the 1,500 Japanese American volunteers who formed the 100th Infantry Battalion during World War II. The recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, he went on to make great contributions in the U.S. Senate, where he fought for the redress of Japanese-Americans unjustly interned during World War II. Born Masayuki Matsunaga on the island of Kauai, he was on active duty in the U.S. Army when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
christinaliu
by Group Admin on Mar. 8, 2007 at 8:40 PM

Quoting KatCh:

Christina, your post brought back memories of when Madame Butterfly was on Broadway. I remember BD Wong playing the part of the woman who was actually a man. Hey, that's another one for your list. I can't remember what else he was in, except Father of the Bride.
Thanks for adding B.D. Wong!  I like him as an actor!  He has a recurring role on Law & Order SVU as a psychiatrist.  I found more info on him here in Wikipedia
He's also acted/recorded audio books. 

Speaking of M Butterfly, I don't remember if I mentioned the playwright who authored it--David Henry Hwang.  I had the privilege of seeing one of his other plays, called Golden Child.  It was amazing--excellent writing with a very compelling story, and the staging was brilliant!  So I definitely add David Henry Hwang to the list! 
christinaliu
by Group Admin on Mar. 8, 2007 at 8:58 PM
Iiesha--thanks so much for adding David Ho!  I know no one has mentioned him yet and he DEFINITELY deserves to be added to our Hall of Fame!

I'm going to add two scientists who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1957:  C.N. Yang and T.D. Lee.  Chien-Shung Wu was the female scientist who experimentally verified Yang and Lee's theories--(From Wikipedia:  She assisted Tsung-Dao Lee personally in his parity laws development (with Chen Ning Yang) by providing him with a possible test method for beta decay in 1956 that worked successfully. Some consider this very instrumental in the creation of the laws, but she did not share their Nobel Prize – a fact widely blamed on sexism by the selection committee).

Thanks also for including Spark Matsunaga--there haven't been any Asians in the military (other than astronauts) added to the list yet.

Here's a couple more--
Eric Shinseki, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
Major General Antonio Taguba, U.S. Army

And in the Government, there's Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, and
 former Transportation Secretary, Norman Mineta.









CheekyMum
by Member on Mar. 15, 2007 at 1:33 PM

AUTHOR IRIS CHANG, SHE WROTE, "THE RAPE OF NANJING" EXCELLENT BOOK

christinaliu
by Group Admin on Mar. 26, 2007 at 11:04 PM

James Kyson Lee - NBC's "Heroes"

 

James Kyson Lee can currently be seen as one of the stars on NBC’s Golden Globe nominated hit drama “Heroes.” On the show James plays ‘Ando Masahashi,’ sidekick and best friend to ‘Hiro’. Traveling from Japan to the states, ‘Ando’ begins his journey as a realist and is soon transformed into a believer, as he comes across supernatural events and begins to claim his place on the mission to save the world.

James was born in Seoul, South Korea, then moved with his family to NYC at the age of 10, where he later attended Bronx H.S. of Science. He studied Communications at Boston University and New England Institute of the Arts, where he also began performing in music, dance, and improv. In summer of 2001, James sold his used car for $1800, packed one suitcase, purchased a one way ticket, and jetted off to Los Angeles. There he began training in jazz singing, musical theater, and for the first time - acting. In his first ever Television audition, he landed a guest-starring role on CBS’ “J.A.G.”, and since has appeared on NBC’s “Las Vegas”, “The West Wing”, “Heist”, as well as ABC’s “Threat Matrix”, and Fox’s “All About the Andersons”.

In addition to “Heroes,” James will be starring in four feature films in 2007 & 2008, including Big Deal with Treat Williams, Daniel Baldwin, & Charlotte Ross, Asian Stories (Book 3) opposite Kathy Uyen, Big Dreams, Little Tokyo starring opposite David Boyle, and Point of Contact with Buddy Dolan. He will also be starring in the upcoming action-thriller video game: The Darkness, for Playstation & Xbox.

His middle name, Kyson, comes from the first letters of his parents’ surnames (k & y) and the word “son”. It also means “Child of the Spirit”. James is also a student of improvisation & sketch comedy, performing at I.O. West and Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. When he isn’t working, he enjoys playing basketball and the piano, as well as reading biographies, and watching documentaries. James currently resides in Los Angeles.

christinaliu
by Group Admin on Mar. 26, 2007 at 11:09 PM
Actress Tsai Chin
(most recently in Casino Royale but has an extensive resume)

Filipino-American Actor Reggie Lee
(soon to star in Pirates of the Caribbean 3)

hpaterniti
by New Member on Apr. 28, 2007 at 11:16 PM
Ok, so I wanted to add in a few of my own......sorry but most are Japanese:

Daisuke Matsuzaka - Boston Red Sox    Chien-Ming Wang - New York
Hideki Okajima - Boston Red Sox           Cha Seung Baek - Mariners
Kei Igawa - New York Yankees                Jae Kuk Ryu - Tampa Bay
Hideki Matsui - New York Yankees         Jae Seo - Tampa Bay
Kenji Johjima - Seattle Mariners             Byung-Hyun Kim - Diamondbacks
Ichrio Suzuki - Seattle Mariners              Chin-hui Tsao - LA Dodgers
Akinori Iwamura - Tampa Bay                Hong-Chih Kuo - LA Dodgers
Akinori Otsuka - Texas Rangers
Tomo Ohka - Toronto Blue Jays
Kazuo Matsui - Colorado Diamondbacks
Takashi Saito - LA Dodgers
So Taguchi - St. Louis Cardinal

I actually looked this up and was surprised how many Asians are playing in the US in baseball.
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