David ChangOverall, it's a pretty interesting list, though it's ridiculous that there are so few women among the seventy-five. Sure, all lists are subjective, but this seems considerably disproportionate. Perhaps they really should have come up with 25 more names to expand the list to a hundred.
31, chef, futurist, New York
Because he cooks in a spectacular way, but, somehow, without pretense.
Chinese Communist leader (dead)
Because he's not only responsible for what's happening in China now -- he's responsible for what's about to happen in China.
33, musician, Everywhere
Because she's the first and only major artist in world music.
37, governor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Because in a party of very few stars, he's the brightest by far.
58, CEO, ArcelorMittal, London
Because he heads up the world's largest producer of steel and employs 310,000 people in 60 countries.
41, president, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Because design will be the technology of the 21st century.
55, general manager, China Investment Corporation, Beijing
Because he's got 1.2 billion investors -- and $200 billion to play with.
31, Geopolitical analyst, New York
Because he spent two years in fifty developing countries to develop a powerful assessment of global politics and illuminate the world to come.
This actually gets me thinking... who are the most influential Asian Americans in the United States, throughout history and beyond? And who are the most influential Asian Americans of the 21st century? Which names would comprise such a list? This is definitely something to ponder. It may be fodder for a future feature here...