Taiwanese Americans



Taiwanese Americans are people in the US whose families come from Taiwan. As many as a fourth of all Chinese Americans are Taiwanese. Most of the Chinese who came to the US in the 1960s and 1970s came from Taiwan.


  • Population: 230,000 to 919,000 in 2010.
  • Languages: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka.
  • Location: Half live in California, many others live in New York and Texas.
  • Nobel Prizes:
    • 1976: Samuel Ting, Physics;
    • 1986: Yuan Tseh Lee, Chemistry;
    • 1997: Steven Chu, Physics.
  • Helped to found: Yahoo!, YouTube, Garmin, Nautica, Panda Express.
  • Some famous Taiwanese Americans:
    • Lucy Liu, actress;
    • Jeremy Lin, NBA;
    • Lisa Ling, journalist (pictured above);
    • Connie Chung, journalist;
    • Jerry Yang, billionaire, co-founder of Yahoo!;
    • Steve Chen, designer of Cray supercomputers;
    • Wen Ho Lee, nuclear physicist, falsely accused of spying for communist China;
    • Ang Lee, film director, “Eat Drink Man Woman”…

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