Gold House, the nonprofit collective of Asian & Pacific Islander founders, creative voices, and leaders, has announced its annual A100 list featuring the 100 most impactful leaders in the AAPI community.
This year, Gold House honours both excellence in achievement and eminence in activism, which is especially important given the continued anti-Asian racism the Asian and Pacific Islander community has been facing.
“Our leaders can no longer just be great — they must be good. They can’t just represent us in celebration — they must also elevate us when we’re in pain,” said Bing Chen, president and co-founder of Gold House. “That’s why this year’s Gold House A100 List spotlights leaders who were excellent in achievement and eminent in activism. This is, in so many ways, the fight for our lives — and we need fighters who see that.”
This year’s list includes Shang-Chi star Simu Liu, recent Oscar winners Chloé Zhao and H.E.R., tennis champ Naomi Osaka, Oscar nominees Riz Ahmed and Lee Isaac Chung, multihyphenate entertainer and activist Padma Lakshmi, Vice President Kamala Harris and even the entire K-pop fandom.
It also includes the founders of Poshmark (Chetan Pungaliya, Gautam Golwala, Manish Chandra and Tracy Sun), Doordash (Andy Fang, Stanley Tang and Tony Xu), Zoom (Eric S. Yuan), Stop AAPI Hate (Cynthia Choi, Manjusha Kulkarni, and Russell Jeung) and the creator of the N95 mask (Peter Tsai).
Each honouree was vetted by a panel that included Daniel Dae Kim, Michael B. Jordan, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Michelle Yeoh, along with 21 of the leading API nonprofit groups and several Gold House members.
“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.”
Click here to see the full A100 list.