Gold House, an organization dedicated to fostering Asian- and Pacific Islander-American (APIA) business and cultural leaders, kicked off Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by publishing its first annual A100 list yesterday (May 1).
According to the Gold House website, the list of influential APIAs features leaders from various diasporic backgrounds in grassroots organizing, entertainment, technology, finance and beyond. The record also roughly commemorates the 50th anniversary of late historian and Asian-American studies pioneer Yuji Ichioka coining the term “Asian American.”
Gold House selected the featured personalities, who will receive the honors at a private ceremony this summer, in consultation with a committee including producer Janet Yang (“The Joy Luck Club”), Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang and veteran news anchor Connie Chung.
Here are just a few of the honorees:
- Rapper and actress Nora “Awkwafina” Lum (“Crazy Rich Asians”)
- Comedian and actor Hasan Minhaj (“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”)
- U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
- Snowboarder and Olympic medalist Chloe Kim
- Angry Asian Man founder Phil Yu
- 18 Million Rising leaders Cayden Mak and Tanzila Ahmed
- Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud
- Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi (“Sorry To Bother You”)
Read the full list over at GoldHouse.org.