But what about Asian Americans?
To mark Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, here are the stories of 12 amazing Asian Americans that you may not have heard of, but have each made incredible contributions to the lives we all live today.
In 1972, she became the first Asian American woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
Dalip Singh SaundAfro Newspaper/Gado/Getty ImagesIn 1954, Dalip Singh Saund became the first Asian American elected to the U.S. Congress.
After he rose to prominence as a scientist, Takamine turned his attention toward improving the position of Japanese Americans.