Asian-American Awareness Month (March 15 - April 15)
Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent. The U.S. Census Bureau definition of Asians refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. It includes people who indicated their race(s) as "Asian" or reported entries such as "Asian Indian," "Chinese," "Filipino," "Korean," "Japanese," "Vietnamese," and "Other Asian" or provided other detailed Asian responses. They comprise 4.8% of the U.S. population alone; while people who are Asian combined with at least one other race make up 5.6%.
During March 15 - April 15, the Asian American Student Union at Florida State University creates an amazing calendar of programs during this month long celebration of Asian American history and culture. There are educational, social and cultural programs offered for your enjoyment and education. For more information on campus events visit the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Florida State University.
Notable Asian Americans
Anna May Wong * Vera Wang
Connie Chung * Jerry Yang * Eleanor Mariano * Areeya Chumsai
Jerry Lin * Margaret Denise Quigley * Van Pao * Loung Ung * Tsung-Dao Lee
Seo Jae-pil * Eric Shineski * Michael Chung * Nadia Ali * Sammy Lee
- Anna May Wong, an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star.
- Vera Wang, born and raised in New York City and is of Chinese descent. She is an American fashion designer.
- Connie Chung, first Asian American national news anchor. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C.
- Jerry Yang, born in Taiwan, Co-founder of Yahoo.
- Eleanor Mariano, Filipino American, Rear Admiral, United States Navy.
- Areeya Pop Chumsai, Thai American, film Director-Producer.
- Tsung-Dao Lee, a Chinese-born American physicist, well known for his work on parity violation, the Lee Model, particle physics, relativistic heavy ion (RHIC) physics, nontopological solitons and soliton stars.
- Jeremy "Jerry" Shu-How Lin, an American-born Chinese of Taiwanese descent profesional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
- Margaret Denise Quigley, professionally known as "Maggie Q", is a Vietnamese American actress and former fashion model.
- Vang Pao, born in a *Hmong village named Nonghet, he was a Lieutenant General in the Royal Lao Army. He was an ethnic Hmong and a leader of the Hmong American community in the United States.
- Loung Ung, a Cambodian American human-rights activist, an internationally-recognized lecturer, and the national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World.
- Seo Jae-pil, a Korean American, a noted champion for Korea's independence, and the first Korean to become a naturalized citizen of the United States.
- Eric Shineski, born in Lihue, Kauai in the Territory of Hawaii to an American family of Japanese Ancestry. He is the 7th United States Secretary of Veteran's Affairs.
- Michael Chang, born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Both of his parents grew up in Taiwan and were educated in the United States. Chang is known as the youngest ever winner of a Grand Slam tennis tournament.
- Nadia Ali, born in Libya and raised in Queens, New York. She is a Pakistani American singer-songwriter.
- Samuel "Sammy" Lee, first Asian American Olympic Gold Medalist. He was born in Fresno, California and his parents are of Korean descent.