Some Asian-Pacific American Firsts in Politics and Business
1763: First recorded settlement of Asians in the United States:
Filipinos in Louisiana
1790: First recorded Indian immigrant in U.S.
1820: First recorded Chinese immigrant in U.S.
1847: Yung Wing becomes first Chinese to graduate from U.S.
1946: Wing Ong is first Asian American elected to state office
1956: Dalip Singh Saund of California becomes first Indian
American in Congress
in Senate and Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii becomes first
Japanese American in Congress
1964: Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii becomes first nonwhite
woman in Congress
1986: Gerald Tsai of American Can becomes first Asian American
CEO of a Fortune 500 company
1992: Jay Kim of California becomes first Korean American in
governor of mainland state
2000: Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta becomes first
Asian American Cabinet member
2001: Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao becomes first woman Asian
American Cabinet member
2007: Bobby Jindal of Louisiana becomes first Indian American
2009: President Barack Obama appoints three Asian Americans to