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Ieoh Ming Pei, an architectural success story

Ieoh Ming Pei is one of America’s most famous immigrants. Ieoh has been able to create an identity for himself that many of the people who are born in America have not been able to achieve. Ieoh was born in the year 1917, in the Canton province of China. He immigrated to the United States when he was just 18, in the year 1935. He came to study in the MIT and was a student of architecture. Later on he also attended the Boston University, in order to gain more knowledge in the field of architecture.

In the year 1942, Ieoh became a concrete designer. He also taught at Harvard till the year 1948 as an assistant professor. Ieoh joined the Webb & Knap Inc in the year 1948 and worked there till 1960. In that year he started his own company and named it I.M. Pei & Partners. Ieoh is known for his geometric patters that give a different identity to the buildings that he has designed. He is also famous for the innovative use of glass in the construction and beautification of a building.

Some of the most famous creations of Ieoh are the East wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, the John F Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also updated the Louvre in Paris.

Madeleine Albright – The one who outshone all other diplomats during her era

Madeleine Albright is such a personality who is known by people all over the world. She is perhaps one of the most famous immigrants in the history of the United States. She has held the post of the Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, from the year 1997 to the year 2001.

She was born on the 5th of May 1937, in the city of Prague, which is the capital of the erstwhile Czechoslovakia. Her father Josef Korbel was also a diplomat and was a supporter of the Czech democrats. But the whole family of Madeleine had to go on an exile to England during the World War II. Later on, after the war was over, the family again moved back to the country and Josef was given diplomatic responsibilities too.

Finally, Madeleine moved to the US along with his father Josef, when he got appointed as a professor in the University of Denver. Madeleine had studied in the Wellesley College, the Johns Hopkins University and the Columbia University. Apart from having done her PhD, she has also received many Honorary Doctors of Laws from various Universities in the US and also from other countries. Madeleine has also held many important positions in the US administration, including that of the US Ambassador to the UN and of course the Secretary of State. She has also authored many books.

Dov Charney: The man behind American Apparel

Immigration in the United States has always been a debated issue and the house stands divided on the positives and negatives of this single phenomenon. But, the success stories of the famous immigrants have perhaps sealed the case in favor of the immigrants.

One of the most talked about successful immigrants of America is Dov Charney. He is the founder and owner of the American Apparel, the largest single garments factory in the whole of the US.

The American Apparel is a case which points out how the immigrants have contributed to the growth and development of the country. Dov at present employs more than 3,800 people in his factory and he makes it a point to greet every single employee in the morning. This is a regular practice to generate a feeling in the minds of the employees that they are the most important asset of the company. Dov is a very energetic person and he is just 37 at present. At this age, he comes across as a bundle of energy which gets readily transferred to his employees.

The American Apparel showroom is a place to be. You have some brilliant music playing and the walls are filled with youthful pictures of males and females displaying all the various products.

Dov is undoubtedly one of the successful immigrants of America and he has come down from Canada.


The name of M.Night.Shyamalan deserves a proud place in the hall of fame of famous immigrants from Indian origin. This extremely talented entity made immigration to America to carve his niche in the world of creativity. His dreams were realized as he rose to stardom, fame and riches. Shyamalan is noted all over the world as a movie director, screen play writer, producer and actor.

The gifted man is noted for the supernatural undertones entwined in the plots of his films as well as the plays that he staged. Shyamalan started getting recognition with his first venture in film direction, produced and released with the name- ‘Praying With Anger’ in the year 1992. At that time he was still a New York University Student. It was not an immense hit flick. His second film ‘Wide Awake’ also did not receive a box office success.

His career turned to immeasurable success with ‘The Sixth Sense’, released in the year 1999. With this film he received huge monetary success. He was flooded with rave reviews from all the corner of the world. It did a very good business all over the world.

Later a bevy of well crafted supernatural thrillers came out of his mighty workshop like – Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening. In each of these films he has used the treatment of a sudden twist that resulted in their commercial success. These films earned him immense success both in terms of critical acclaim and financial gain.