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Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders

Although there are other reference books about Asian Americans, no other book focuses solely on businesspeople. This collection of engagingly written biographies gives the details on the lives of 96 Asian men and women who have had successful business careers, giving information on their education, training, and career highlights and histories. The book provides valuable information as well as inspiration to students, from high school through university. Each biography concludes with references for further reading, and an appendix lists the people profiled by field of business, from fashion to restaurant franchises, from high technology to the movie industry. Each biography in Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders tells the story of an individual who has worked hard and often surmounted such obstacles as prejudice, learning the English language and American customs, attaining higher education, and working long hours to start a business or succeed in a company. These life stories not only reflect individual triumphs but also the trials of families and ethnic groups who applied their skills and passions for economic prosperity. Included in the biographies are an Internet entrepreneur who successfully negotiated a $400 million deal from Microsoft Corporation and another who, along with his partner, gave away $100 million in bonuses to their employees after the lucrative sale of their company. Some of the people profiled are highly educated with law and doctorate degrees, while others never completed college. Some have experienced extreme poverty, including those who came to this country as "boat people" after the Vietnam War; others were born to wealth but have had to fight toachieve their business goals. Each biography ends with a bibliography for further reading. The book is aimed not only at high school and college students but any person interested in how some Asian Americans, from recent immigrant to fourth generation, labored to realize their entrepreneurial and corporate dreams. The stories show that business is rich in creative opportunities that cannot be easily limited to a single management theory.
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Preface Ai, C. K. Alker, Pauline Lo Arai, Rioichiro (Ryoichiro) Aratani, George Asera, Larry Ayer, Ramani Bajaj, Kavelle R. Banatao, Dado Bhatia, Sabeer Bose, Amar Campbell, Phyllis Chan, F. Chow Chen, Roger H. Cherng, Andrew Chu, David Chu, James Chun, Ellery J. Clemente, Lilia Cole, Donna Fujimoto Do, Yen Ngoc Domoto, Kanetaro Flores, Eddie, Jr. Flores, Pedro Friedman, Fritz Gin, Sue Ling Gupta, Rajaj Gupta, Vinita Harrison, Supenn Hayes, Helen Young Ho, Chinn Hong, Benjamin B. Huang, Mercedes del Rosario Hwang, Rose Isaki, Paul Iwamoto, Robert, Jr. Jao, Frank Jimenez, Josephine Jung, Andrea Kim, Charles Kim, James J. Kim, Jeong H. Kim, Kija Kim, Steve Y. Kodani, Gennosuke Krishnan, Lata La, Tri Lam, David K. Lau, Joanna Lee, Chris Lee, David S. Lee, Lilly V. Lee, Noel Lewis, Loida Nicolas Liang, Christine Lung, Chin Mehta, Sonny Merchant, Ismail Mow, William Nagumo, Shoji Nakasone, Robert Natori, Josie Ng, Kim Ngan, Win Chuai Ngoy, Ted Nguyen, Sean Nishimura, Ko Nooyi, Indra K. Oki, Scott D. Ow, George, Jr. Pagkalinawan, Cecilia Phung, Doan Lien Qureshey, Safi U. Sassa, Scott M. Schilling, Leslie Tang Shin, Charlie Shoong, Joe Sie, John J. Sugahara, Kay Tanimura, George Tellez, Cora M. Tokioka, Masayuki Tran, David Tran, David Du Tsai, Gerald Tu, John Wang, An Wang, Don J. Wang, Vera Wo, Yick Woo, Charlie Yamagata, Elaine Yamauchi, Tsuru Yang, Janet Yang, Jerry Young, Shirley Yuen, Henry Appendix: Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders Arranged by Field Index

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Presents biographies of 96 important Asian American businessmen and women from the late 19th century to the present.

About the Author

NAOMI HIRAHARA is an independent writer and editor./eA past recipient of a California Community Foundation's Brody Arts Award, she was the English section editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper in Los Angeles and a Milton Center Fellow in creative writing at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Hirahara is the author of An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood. Her unpublished novel Summer of the Big Bachi was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize in 2000. She received her degree in international relations from Stanford University and studied at the Inter-University Center for Advanced Language Studies in Tokyo.


?[t]his will be a useful source for indentifying American entrepreneurs with Asian backgrounds. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.?-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

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