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Prominent APA Women in the 1980s

Maya Lin
is an accomplished Chinese-American architect who is known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Her design consists of a 594-foot granite wall which honors the tens of thousands of soldiers who passed away while fighting in the Vietnam War. Lin is also known for designing the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, which has a timeline of major events that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement. Today, Lin’s designs is displayed in numerous cities in America and continues to inspire architects all over the nation.  




Amy Tan is a Chinese-American who gained international attention for her novel, The Joy Luck Club, in 1989. Her novel centers around the lives of four Chinese women who immigrated to San Francisco and their Chinese-American daughters. Tan has also written several other best-selling novels and two children’s books. Tan is also part of a The Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock ‘n roll band, with several other well-known writers, such as Stephen King and Scott Turow.





Jenny Shimizu is an openly lesbian model-actress of Japanese descent. She has been featured on the covers of Vogue, as well as played numerous roles on the small and big screens. She was also recognize in A magazine’s “100 Most Influential Asian Americans of the Decade 1989-1999” and had the honor of receiving the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2006 Lesbian Icon Award.






Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer. She is committed to non-violent solutions towards achieving human rights and co-founded the group Artists Against Fracking.





Vera Wang is a Chinese-American who has risen to become one of the most prominent designers in American fashion. Growing up, she was involved in the performing arts through ballet and figure skating. She was the youngest fashion editor at Vogue and became a design director at Ralph Lauren shortly after. Now her iconic wedding dresses can be seen all over the world.



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