Important Figures in Asian American History

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Can you name the notable figures in Asian American history?

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Born in New York in 1949, this woman's name has become synonymous with high-end fashion.
Who was the first Asian American elected to the U.S. Senate?
Though better known for his films, at the age of 18 this actor was known as Hong Kong's top cha cha dancer and boxing champion.
Which member of the Manhattan Project was known as the 'First Lady of Physics'?
What Bengali American electrical engineer and sound engineer founded a prominent speaker and acoustic research company?
What master of modern architecture won the Prtizker Prize (sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize for Architecture) in 1983?
Who wrote the book The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1975?
Her novel, Comfort Woman, explores the practice of sexual slavery in Japanese military camps during WWII.
Which Chinese American scientist won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for his work on cooling atoms?
What Indian-American became governor of Louisiana in 2007?
Which figure skater has earned 37 perfect scores, more than any other figure skater in history?
Which Asian American cellist has recorded over 50 albums and won over a dozen Grammys?
What country's king, who is also the current longest-serving head of state, was actually born in Cambridge, Massachusetts?
She garnered international attention for her novel, Dogeaters, which examination of the Philippines in the 1950s as it came under Western influence.
As the senior United States Senator from Hawaii and the President pro tempore of the Senate, this man has become the highest-ranking Asian American politician in American history.
Who wrote the classic history of Asians in America, Strangers from a Different Shore?
Though more often identified as an African-American athelete, his mother is Thai and he is also of American Indian and Caucasian descent.
His graphic novel, American-Born Chinese, won an Eisner-award and earned a final spot for the National Book Award for young readers.
Who, at the age of 17, became the youngest winner ever of a tennis Grand Slam tournament?
Which Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for The New York Times is considered by many to be a leading literary critic in the United States?
Who gained national prominence in 1989 with the publication of her debut novel, The Joy Luck Club?
Who, in 1985, became the first Asian-American in space, later dying tragically in 1986 aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger?
Who was the first Asian American actor to win an Oscar, winning the Best Supporting Actor award for his work in The Killing Fields?
What is the name of the architect who, in 1981, designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the age of 21?
Who was the first Asian American to play professional basketball in the United States, joining the New York Knicks in 1947?
Which news reporter became one of the first Asian-American national correspondents for a major TV news network, reporting for CBS in 1971?
Which world-reknowned cinematographer first used the technique of Deep Focus, ten years before it was employed by Gregg Toland in Citizen Kane?
Which actor, though best known for his work on Star Trek, has won numerous awards for his work promoting gay rights and Japanese American relations?
Who has served as both the Governor of Washington state and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce?
His appointment as Secretary of Commerce in 2000 made him the first Cabinet-level Asian American appointment in U.S. history. He later became the Secretary of Transportation.
What actress, born in 1905, was the first Chinese American movie star?

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