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List of Vietnamese Americans
This is a list of notable
To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Vietnamese American, or must have independent reliable source references showing they are Vietnamese American and are notable.
Arts and entertainment
Actors and actresses
James Duval – actor, mother is of Vietnamese-French descent
Lance Krall – actor and star of FREE RADIO on VH1
Hiep Thi Le – actress known for role in , third film in director Heaven & Earth Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy
Jeannie Mai – makeup artist, fashion expert, actress, TV personality and model
Dustin Nguyen – actor 
Olivia Munn – former model, Daily Show correspondent and actress of and X-Men: Apocalypse fame Mortdecai
Maggie Q – former model and actress in Mission: Impossible III 
Jonathan Ke Quan – former child actor in and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom The Goonies 
Rosie Tran – writer, actress, and comedian
Thuy Trang – actress known for role as the Yellow Power Ranger in the series Power Rangers 
Kathy Uyen – actress, producer, and writer
Kieu Chinh – actress, producer, and writer
Xanthe Huynh – anime English voice actress
Ali Wong – actress, comedian, and writer, known for American Housewife
Lana Condor – actress, known for Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse
La Thoại Tân - actor
Kelly Marie Tran – actress, known for Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hong Chau – actress, known for role in Downsizing
Anchors and reporters
Artists and others
Binh Danh – photographer
Thuc Doan Nguyen – writer
Chloe Dao – fashion designer/winner of television show Project Runway 
Dat Phan – comedian, winner of first Last Comic Standing 
Jonas Bevacqua – adopted Vietnamese American fashion designer, creator of urbanwear LRG
Michelle Phan – YouTube beauty guru
Linda Le – cosplayer and model
Hung Huynh – chef, season 3 winner Top Chef
Tom Vu – infomercial icon, professional poker player and real estate investor
Tila Tequila – most popular woman on MySpace; starred on her own MTV show; appeared in FHM magazine
Christine Ha – first blind contestant on MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012
John Eklund – time-lapse photographer known for the video Purely Pacific Northwest
Phong Bui – artist, writer, independent curator; co-founder, editor-in-chief, and publisher of The Brooklyn Rail, a monthly arts, culture, and politics journal in New York 
Karrueche Tran – American model and actress
Truong Tran – poet, visual artist, teacher
Plastique Tiara – American-Vietnamese drag queen
Ken Hoang – Survivor contestant and professional video game player
Tai Trang – Survivor contestant
Bi Nguyen – Survivor contestant Nini Nguyen –
Top Chef contestant Shei Phan – model and artist former contestant on America's Next Top Model
Trung Dung – founder of OnDisplay, sold to Vignette Corporation in 2000 for $1.8 billion
Frank Jao – pioneer behind Little Saigon, Westminster, California, and the Asian Garden Mall
Bill Nguyen – founder of onebox.com and lala.com, sold for $850 million and $80 million respectively 
David Tran – founder of Huy Fong Foods, maker of Sriracha Chili Sauce Thuan Pham – CTO of
Kieu Hoang – pharmaceutical billionaire, CEO of RAAS, Inc (USA) and Vice Chairman of Shanghai RAAS Blood Products, China  Kim Nguyen – Senior Analyst, American Advertising Federation's Most Promising Multicultural Students Program Recipient 
Literature and journalism
Aimee Phan – author of We Should Never Meet 
Andrew X. Pham – author of Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam (1999)
Chau Nguyen – news anchor; first Vietnamese-American to be awarded a regional Emmy Award
Đoàn Văn Toại – author of The Vietnamese Gulag
Huỳnh Sanh Thông – author known for An Anthology of Vietnamese Poems: From the Eleventh through the Twentieth Centuries
Jenna Lê – poet and physician; author of "A History of the Cetacean-American Diaspora"
Kien Nguyen – author of The Unwanted, a Memoir of Childhood
Lan Cao – former attorney and current law professor, author of Monkey Bridge
Le Ly Hayslip – author of , which was turned into a motion picture ( When Heaven and Earth Changed Places ) directed by Heaven & Earth Oliver Stone
Le Thi Diem Thuy – award-winning-author of the novel The Gangster We Are All Looking For
Mong-Lan – college professor and author of Song of the Cicadas 
Monique Truong – author of The Book of Salt 
Andrew Lam -- writer and journalist Author of "Perfume Dreams: Reflections On The Vietnamese Diaspora"  
Nguyễn Chí Thiện – poet and winner of international poetry award in 1985
Nguyen Do – poet, editor and translator; co-author of Black Dog, Black Night Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (2008) and Beyond the Court Gate: Selected Poems of Nguyen Trai (2010)
Nguyen Qui Duc – essayist and radio producer and author of Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family
Lê Xuân Nhuận – author of Vietnamese poems; human rights activist; author of Poems by Selected Vietnamese 
Ocean Vuong – poet and 2016 Whiting Award Winner
Quang X. Pham – author; founder of Lathian Systems, a pharmaceutical promotions company
Stephanie Trong – executive editor Jane
Trinh T. Minh-ha – author, post-colonial scholar, and filmmaker
Ut Huynh Cong – photographer; first Vietnamese American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography (1973) and the World Press Award
Viet Thanh Nguyen – author of , the 2016 The Sympathizer Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Vu Tran – author of Dragonfish
Linh Dinh – poet, writer, translator, and photographer
Do Nguyen Mai – poet and author of Ghosts Still Walking Thanh Bui – editor-in-chief, ASN magazine, founder of Shiba Rescue Society
Viet Xuan Luong
Viet Xuan Luong – Major General, first Vietnamese American to command a brigade in the US Army    
Lapthe Flora – first Vietnamese American to be promoted to Brigadier General in the Virginia National Guard  William Seely – Brigadier General, US Marine Corps; Director of Marine Corps Intelligence; American dad/Vietnamese mom.
[en.wikipedia.org] Huan Nguyen – first Vietnamese-American Navy rear admiral
 Lê Bá Hùng – first Vietnamese-American Navy captain; commands USS
Lassen (DDG 82) missile-guided destroyer  Quang X. Pham – first Vietnamese American to earn naval aviator's wings in the US Marine Corps; author and politician
Politics and law
Bee Nguyen – Georgia state representative
Hubert Vo – Texas state representative (Democratic) 
Janet Nguyen – Orange County Board of Supervisors, California State Senator (Republican)
John Quoc Duong – President George W. Bush's appointee as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Republican) 
John Tran – first Vietnamese-American Mayor in US, Mayor of Rosemead, California (Democratic)
Joseph Cao – first Vietnamese-American Congressman representing Louisiana's 2nd congressional district (Republican) De Le - President Trump's senior policy advisor, former San Diego City Council candidate (Republican)
Kok Ksor – president of the Montagnard Foundation, Inc. 
Lan Cao – law professor, novelist 
Jacqueline H. Nguyen – U.S. circuit judge; first Vietnamese-American federal judge; first Asian-American woman to sit on the federal appellate court  
Joe Nguyen - Washington State Senate (Democratic)
Kathy Tran - Virginia State Delegate 
Madison Nguyen – San Jose City Council member and Vice Mayor of City of San Jose, California
Mina Nguyen – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Affairs and Public Liaison at the US Treasury Department 
My-Linh Thai - Washington State House of Representative (Democratic)
Huu Chanh Nguyen – founder and former Prime Minister of the Government of Free Vietnam
Phuc Buu Chanh Nguyen – president of the Vietnamese Constitutional Monarchist League, member of Vietnam's Nguyễn Dynasty 
Stephanie Murphy – first and current Vietnamese-American Congresswoman representing Florida's 7th congressional district 
Tony Lam – first Vietnamese-American elected official; former Westminster, California city council Tram Nguyen - Massachusetts State Representative (Democratic)
Van Tran – former California State Assemblyman 
Viet D. Dinh – former United States Assistant Attorney General; drafted the USA Patriot Act 
Amanda Nguyen – President and Founder of Rise (non-governmental organization), a non-profit that works to implement a sexual assault survivors' bill of rights.
Dean Tran – first Vietnamese-American elected to the Massachusetts Legislature (Republican)
Bùi Diễm – one of the last crucial Vietnamese ambassadors to the United States during the final phase Vietnam War. Andrew Do - Orange County, CA, Board of Supervisor. Elected 2016.
Science and education
Kathy Pham – computer scientist and product leader; founding product and engineering member at the United States Digital Service at the White House,   Nguoi Viet 40 under 40. 
Han T. Dinh – Director of Vehicle Engineering, United States Postal Service; winner of 2006 White House "Closing of Circle Award"   
Bui Tuong Phong – computer graphics pioneer; inventor of Phong reflection model and Phong shading interpolation method
Duy-Loan Le – prominent Texas Instruments engineer Trang Thach Hickman – public health professional and
J. William Fulbright Scholar 
Eugene H. Trinh – NASA astronaut, first Vietnamese-American to travel into outer space 
Hồ Thành Việt – founder of VNI Software Co., California Tue Nguyen – scholar, earned seven degrees from
MIT  
Jane Luu – astronomer, co-discoverer of Kuiper Belt and many asteroids 
Nguyễn Xuân Vinh – professor of aerospace engineering, University of Michigan; first Vietnamese to receive the [[Dirk Brouwer Award (A 
Anh Duong Nguyet – responsible for the creation of the thermobaric weapon
Trịnh Xuân Thuận – author of The Birth of the Universe; astrophysicist; professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia
Tuan Vo-Dinh – inventor, professor and Director of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics of Duke University; ranked No. 43 on a list of the world's top 100 living geniuses 
Xuong Nguyen-Huu – biology professor, University of California; pioneer in AIDS research; invented the x-ray multiwire area detector
Đàm Thanh Sơn – theoretical physicist, University Professor at University of Chicago, member of National Academy of Sciences
Van H. Vu – Professor of Mathematics at Yale University
Ngô Bảo Châu – Professor of Mathematics at University of Chicago; Fields Medal winner
SonBinh Nguyen – Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University; Highly Cited Researcher 
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen – Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Santa Barbara; Highly Cited Researcher  Nghi Q. Lam – former Senior Scientist at
Argonne National Laboratory; former editor-in-chief of Applied Physics Letters published by American Institute of Physics  Liem X. Dang – scientist at
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; elected fellow of American Physical Society; elected fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science  Chi Van Dang - Professor; Scientific Director at
Ludwig Cancer Research; Former Director of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; member of the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine), American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  Nam Nguyen – First student in the 129‑year history of Washington State University to study abroad on every one of the seven continents; author of Maintain Your Health in College Years; President's Volunteer Service Award recipient from 44th President of the United States Barack Obama; NASPA region V undergraduate rising star award winner; Diversity Abroad global student leadership award - undergraduate winner; Forbes under 30 scholar.     
Men Nguyen – professional poker player; as of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceeded $9,700,000 
Qui Nguyen (poker player) – 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion
Scotty Nguyen – professional poker player 
David Pham – professional poker, won two World Series of Poker bracelets and has made seven final tables at the World Poker Tour 
J.C. Tran – professional poker player; as of 2010, his total live tournament winnings amounted to $7,996,635 Mimi Tran – professional poker player; as of 2008, her total live tournament winnings exceeded $1,400,000 
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 "Vietnamese newcomer Ke Huy Quan makes a shrill debut..."
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Cindy Adams (April 26, 2013). "Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, former fiancee of Brian Grazer, unveils her new paintings in SoHo with chef Laurent Tourondel". New York Post . Retrieved . May 2, 2013
"Brian Grazer's ex-fiancee still sports his diamond ring". New York Post. September 29, 2012 . Retrieved . January 5, 2013
"Married Eric Schmidt dating concert pianist Chau-Giang Nguyen". New York Post. September 3, 2012 . Retrieved . January 5, 2013
"Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, Piano – Tuesday, October 23, 2012". Carnegie Hall . Retrieved . January 5, 2013
 "CUONG VU is a Vietnamese born jazz trumpeter"
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 "Dat Phan is actually my real name. It's actually derived from China, even though I'm Vietnamese"
The Brooklyn Rail
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UMass Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press
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 "Representative Bee Nguyen"
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"Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 4, 2006 . Retrieved . May 16, 2006 CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link) "Another notable Vietnamese American dedicated to public service is John Quoc Duong, who serves under President George W. Bush, as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."
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"Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 29, 2005 . Retrieved . May 16, 2006 CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link) "It is the first novel by a Vietnamese-American about the war experience and its aftermath..."
"Jacqueline H. Nguyen of L.A. confirmed to U.S. 9th Circuit Court," Los Angeles Times. May 7, 2012
"Onetime Vietnam refugee confirmed to be a federal appeals judge". latimes.com. May 8, 2012 . Retrieved . January 5, 2013
"Virginia's first Vietnamese-American legislator wants to inspire others to run". NBC News . Retrieved . November 22, 2018
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 "Orange County voters made Van Tran the highest-ranking Vietnamese American public official in the country this week when they elected him to the state Assembly."
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"Postal Service Honored With White House Closing the Circle Awards for Biodiesel Fuel..." Prnewswire.com . Retrieved . March 4, 2014
"Phỏng vấn kỹ sư Đinh Trường Hân, người quản lý kỹ thuật của hơn 200,000 xe hơi của bưu điện Mỹ". Voatiengviet.com. September 11, 2006 . Retrieved . March 4, 2014
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Tran Ngoc Huu – inventor, mapping using map technology to layout internet social platform live map requests in 3D
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"Graves, the only Vietnamese-born player in the major leagues, left Saigon when he was only 14 months old."
 "Growing up as a skinny Vietnamese refuge, Cung Le was an easy target for bullies..."
"New School Pick of the Week: Dat Nguyen – Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. November 9, 2009 . Retrieved . January 5, 2013
"Fight Finder – Nam Phan's Mixed Martial Arts Statistics". Sherdog.com. March 13, 1983 . Retrieved . January 5, 2013
 "Men Nguyen was born in Vietnam. At age 13 he quit school and began working as a bus driver. In 1978, when he was 24, he and other 87 Vietnamese people escaped from their native country by boat."
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