List of Famous People of Chinese Descent ranked by fame and popularity. Several celebrities are of Chinese ancestry. Some were born overseas and others are forth generation Chinese Americans. Many of these famous folks have had successful careers in the U.S. and all over the world. Several Academy Award winners are of Chinese Descent.
Who is the most famous person of Chinese descent? Olivia Munn tops our list. “The Newsroom” actress's mother is Chinese. Munn spent the bulk of her childhood living in Japan where her stepfather was stationed in the military. She was a model in the Japanese fashion industry. Kill Bill actress Lucy Liu's parents are Chinese immigrants. She was born and raised in New York.
Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee was born in Taiwan and he moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Illinois. He later moved to New York and collaborated with fellow film student Spike Lee. Ang Lee also directed Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and The Ice Storm. Fast Five director Justin Lin was born in China and raised in California. He attended UCLA's film school.Do you embrace the multi-cultural aspects of your heritage? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYCelebrity Chef Marin Yan was born in China. He studied the cooking techniques for traditional Chinese barbecue before he moved to Canada and later to the U.S.
- Age: 72
- Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
- Photo: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation LicenseCellist Yo-Yo Ma has Chinese parents, Marina Lu and Hiao-Tsiun Ma. He was born in Paris and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was five years old.
- Age: 66
- Birthplace: France, Paris
- Photo: flickr / CC0Celebrity chef Ming Tsai is of Chinese descent, and his parents once owned a Mandarin restaurant in Ohio.
- Age: 57
- Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYUnited States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is of Chinese descent. He grew up in St. Louis.
- Age: 73
- Birthplace: Area code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America