May marks the beginning of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and as the AAPI community continues to face unprecedented violence and racist attacks, there is still so much to celebrate and history to be made. Gold House, a leading nonprofit collective of Asian and Pacific Islander changemakers, has announced their annual A100 list, featuring the 100 most impactful leaders in the AAPI community. And that’s only the beginning of what they have planned.
“Recognizing the achievements of the AAPI community couldn’t be more timely than right now,” said Daniel Dae Kim, A100 Icon Judge. “The tragic events of the recent past only serve to underscore the need to celebrate the many ways Asian Americans contribute to our country and the world.”
This year’s list runs the gamut, including movie stars (Simu Liu), YouTubers (Patrick Starrr), two recent Oscar winners (Nomadland director Chloé Zhao and singer H.E.R.), an NFL star (Younghoe Koo), and the entire K-Pop fandom, celebrated for their political and social justice activism. Each honoree was vetted by an expansive panel that included Michael B. Jordan, Bob Iger, 21 of the leading API nonprofit groups, and a multitude of Gold House members.
Click here to see the full list as well as the A1 honorees, the highest honor given to those who have made the most resounding impact in their respective fields. This year’s A1 honorees include Vice President Kamala Harris, Padma Lakshmi, and journalists who focused on #StopAsianHate. The people who have received the A100 honor more than twice—Awkwafina, Dwayne Johnson, Prabal Gurung, and Priyanka Chopra to name a few—will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
To further amplify the voices of the people continuing to foster change, Gold House will organize town hall-style discussions this month in partnership with Facebook, bridging topics like female entrepreneurship, AAPI representation, and allyship.
Identity Festival will be an opportunity to celebrate—virtually of course. Gold House is also partnering with Amazon Music and IMDb to host a livestream that will take place on May 15 at 5 p.m PT. With a lineup including the likes of Dumbfoundead and Steve Aoki, the festival will raise money for up-and-coming API talent waiting for their big break in the music industry with the help of PBA’s scholarship programs and the AAPI Community Fund.
Asian American businesses were most disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and Gold House believes that economic investment is an important piece to sustaining AAPI influence. Gold Rush, Gold House’s founder accelerator, will host its fourth “Asian Prime Day” starting May 17 and extending through the rest of the month. On GoldRush.Market consumers will have the opportunity to support breakout API small businesses. The newest edition of the accelerator class will also address Asian women’s inequalities in the workplace through programming specifically for women and offer personalized matchmaking for founders and investors. Future Network, a new venture this year, will birth the next generation of API creatives by partnering with industry leaders to open opportunities for exciting jobs, mentorship, and skill development. The collective will also engage in different collaborations to elevate new talent across communities of color.
As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, Gold House’s We Can Do This will educate the API community on the COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to address the inequity of access to information, resources, and health care. The organization will also partner with Asian American Futures on a grant challenge to provide access to philanthropic efforts to the larger public.
“There’s a discrepancy between how APIs are regarded publicly and the power the community has always wielded,” said Bing Chen, president of Gold House. “We’ve always been here—leading, artifying, investing, and speaking up. And as we continue forging allyship with other communities, we must also remember that we’re only as strong for others as we are, ourselves.”
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