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List of Canadians of Asian ancestry

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This is a list of Canadians of Asian ancestry. Asian Canadians comprise the largest visible minority in Canada, at 11% of the Canadian population.[improper synthesis?]


List of Asian Canadian demographies according to the 2006 Census[1]

Population of various Asian Canadian groups
Ethnic Origins Population
China Chinese Canadians 1,364,215
India Indo-Canadians 1,036,813
Philippines Filipino Canadians 436,190
Vietnam Vietnamese Canadians 180,125
Lebanon Lebanese Canadians 165,150
South Korea Korean Canadians 146,550
Pakistan Pakistani Canadians 124,730
Iran Iranian Canadians 121,510
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Canadians 103,625
Japan Japanese Canadians 98,900
Taiwan Taiwanese Canadians 71,705
Armenia Armenian Canadians 50,500
Afghanistan Afghan Canadians 48,090
Syria Syrian Canadians 31,375
Iraq Iraqi Canadians 29,955
Cambodia Cambodian Canadians 25,245
Bangladesh Bangladeshi Canadians 24,600
State of Palestine Palestinian Canadians 23,975
Laos Laotian Canadians 20,110
Indonesia Indonesian Canadians 14,320
Malaysia Malaysian Canadians 12,165
Israel Israeli Canadians 10,755
Thailand Thai Canadians 10,015
Jordan Jordanian Canadians 6,905
Myanmar Burmese Canadians 4,590
Mongolia Mongolian Canadians 3,965
Nepal Nepali Canadians 3,780
Saudi Arabia Saudi Canadians 2,735
Yemen Yemeni Canadians 2,300
Singapore Singaporean Canadians 1,390

Notable Asian Canadians[edit]

  • Ken Adachi, Toronto Star writer
  • Mikey Bustos, singer, Canadian Idol finalist of Filipino ancestry
  • Raymond Chan, Member of Parliament
  • Terry Chen, film and television actor
  • Wei Chen, television news anchor (CTV Television Network, Toronto One)
  • Ben Chin, former television news anchor (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto One); current advisor to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
  • Ken Chinn, also known as Mr. Chi Pig, vocalist and co-founding member of seminal Canadian punk rock group SNFU
  • Denise Chong, writer and economist
  • Ida Chong, British Columbia Cabinet Minister
  • Kevin Chong, novelist
  • Tommy Chong, actor and comedian
  • Olivia Chow, Member of Parliament; wife of New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton
  • Wayson Choy, novelist
  • Nathalie Chung, journalist and television news anchor of Korean and French-Canadian descent (RDI / SRC)
  • Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada from 1999 to 2005, former journalist, novelist, publisher, winner of a Gemini Award
  • Monika Deol, television presenter of Sikh ancestry
  • Herb Dhaliwal, Liberal Member of Parliament and cabinet minister of Indian ancestry
  • Lexa Doig, actress of Filipino ancestry
  • Ujjal Dosanjh, former premier of British Columbia, of Indian ancestry, Liberal MP and federal Minister of Health
  • Tobias Enverga, Senator and former TCDSB Trustee of Filipino descent
  • Tzvi Erez, virtuoso classical pianist of Israeli ancestry
  • Sorel Etrog, artist, writer, and philosopher of Israeli ancestry
  • Ghazi Falah, Israeli-born Canadian geographer
  • Hedy Fry, Liberal Member of Parliament
  • Yasmeen Ghauri, Canadian supermodel of Pakistani descent
  • Jian Ghomeshi, musician (Moxy Früvous) and former CBC Radio One host
  • Gurmant Grewal and Nina Grewal, Conservative Members of Parliament, the first married couple to serve as MPs in the same session of Parliament
  • Emm Gryner, singer-songwriter of mixed Filipino ancestry
  • Corey Haim, Canadian actor of Israeli ancestry
  • Ian Hanomansing, CBC journalist of Indian ancestry
  • Tariq Hussain, Canadian singer-songwriter and radio personality of Pakistani descent; host for CBC Radio 3
  • Robert Ito, actor
  • Manny Jacinto, Filipino-born Canadian actor.
  • Simcha Jacobovici, Israeli-born film director, producer, freelance journalist, and writer
  • Rahim Jaffer, politician of Pakistani ancestry
  • Zillur Rahman John, Bangladeshi Canadian, mime and pantomime artist
  • Ron Josol, stand-up comedian and TV host of Filipino ancestry
  • Nazem Kadri, draftee of the Toronto Maple Leafs, born and raised in London, Ontario, of Lebanese descent
  • Paul Kariya, NHL star of partial Japanese ancestry
  • Wajid Khan, businessman, politician; current member of the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Mississauga—Streetsville for the Conservative Party of Canada; special advisor of the Prime Minister of Canada for the Middle East and South Asia
  • Kid Koala, musician and turntablist, born Eric San
  • Gail Kim, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler of Korean heritage
  • Tanya Kim, CTV personality, Host of eTalk Daily (with Ben Mulroney)
  • Joy Kogawa, writer of Japanese ancestry
  • Ron Korb, composer and flautist of half Japanese ancestry
  • Kristin Kreuk, actress born to a Chinese-Indonesian mother
  • Jenny Kwan, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
  • Miranda Kwok, actress, screenwriter and film producer
  • Norman Kwong, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, former Canadian Football League player and National Hockey League team executive
  • Larissa Lai, writer
  • David Lam, former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, lawyer, real estate tycoon
  • Evelyn Lau, poet and novelist
  • Henry Lau, singer, member of boy band Super Junior M
  • Jeannie Lee, CBC journalist
  • Mark Lee, singer and rapper of Korean ancestry, member of boy band NCT
  • Sook-Yin Lee, musician, television (MuchMusic) and radio (CBC Radio One) personality
  • Alvin Leung, chef from MasterChef Canada
  • Sophia Leung, Liberal Member of Parliament
  • Simu Liu, film and television actor
  • Alan Lowe, born in, and Mayor of, Victoria, British Columbia
  • Linlyn Lue, actress
  • Ken Lum, visual artist
  • Mig Macario, actor of Filipino descent
  • Hazel Mae, sports broadcaster of Filipino descent
  • Shaun Majumder, comedian
  • Gurbax Malhi, Liberal Member of Parliament
  • Inky Mark, Conservative Member of Parliament
  • Deepa Mehta, film director of Indian ancestry
  • Roy Miki, poet of Japanese ancestry
  • Rohinton Mistry, writer, of Indian ancestry
  • Shay Mitchell, actress
  • Bharati Mukherjee, novelist
  • Zarqa Nawaz, freelance writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker; of Pakistani descent; creator and writer of popular Canadian CBC sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie
  • Paul Nguyen, activist, journalist, and filmmaker of Vietnamese descent
  • George Nozuka, singer/songwriter
  • Sandra Oh, actress of Korean ancestry, known for her roles on the TV series Grey's Anatomy and Killing Eve
  • Santa J. Ono, Japanese-Canadian-American biologist, university administrator
  • Ruth Ozeki, novelist
  • Rey Pagtakhan, former Liberal Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister
  • Alex Pagulayan, billiards world champion of Filipino origin
  • Jon Kimura Parker, classical pianist and recording artist of Japanese ancestry
  • Russell Peters, comedian of Anglo-Indian ancestry
  • Vivienne Poy, Senator
  • Keanu Reeves, actor of partial Chinese and Hawaiian ancestry
  • Sasha Roiz, actor of Israeli descent
  • Kerri Sakamoto, novelist of Japanese ancestry
  • Shyam Selvadurai, novelist
  • Tetsuro Shigematsu, CBC radio host
  • Hide Hyodo Shimizu, Japanese-Canadian educator and activist, awarded the Order of Canada
  • Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star journalist, columnist
  • Jaspreet Singh, author
  • Ashwin Sood, drummer for (and husband of) Sarah McLachlan, of Indian descent
  • Cassie Steele, actress, mother born to a Filipino mother
  • Alfred Sung, fashion designer
  • David Suzuki, scientist and television personality of Japanese ancestry
  • Siu Ta, actress, This is Wonderland
  • Harinder Takhar, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament; currently Minister of Transportation
  • Jennifer Tilly, actress of mixed Chinese ancestry; sister of Meg Tilly
  • Meg Tilly, actress of mixed Chinese ancestry; sister of Jennifer Tilly
  • Osnat Tzadok, Israeli-born painter
  • David Usher, singer-songwriter of mixed Thai ancestry
  • Gil Vainshtein, association football player
  • Jorgito Vargas, Jr., actor of Filipino ancestry; appears on the TV show Power Rangers: Ninja Storm
  • M.G. Vassanji, novelist of Indian descent; born in Kenya
  • Adnan Virk, anchorman of The Score; of Pakistani descent
  • Fred Wah, poet and novelist
  • Ellen Wong, actress
  • Jan Wong, Globe & Mail reporter and author
  • Lisa Yamanaka, voice actress of Japanese ancestry
  • Jean Yoon, poet and playwright
  • Christine Yoshikawa, classical pianist and recording artist of Japanese ancestry
  • Catalina Yue, actress, singer, songwriter and recording artist of Chinese and Japanese ancestry
  • Evan Fong, YouTube star VanossGaming and musician Rynx of Chinese and Korean ancestry.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Canada : Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, List of rural communities in New Brunswick, Chinese people, Dave McIntyre, Mutahar, Yuen Biao, 2020 Toronto hammer attack

Other articles of the topic Asia : Telangana, 2020 Iraq attacks, Enlil, 2020 United Arab Emirates explosions, Saudi Arabia–Turkey proxy conflict, List of tourist Attractions in Karachi, Treasure 13
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  • Demographics of Canada
  • Immigration to Canada
  • Asian American
  • Asian Argentine
  • Asian Brazilian
  • British South Asian
  • British East Asian
  • Desi
  • For more Asian Canadians of Chinese ancestry, see Chinese Canadians.
  • For more Asian Canadians of Taiwanese ancestry, see Taiwanese Canadians.


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