May 1st marks the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. And there’s no better way to celebrate than to honor the 100 most influential Asians in the world. So Gold House dropped its annual A100 list. The list comprises of one hundred Asians from five industries, “Activism, Advocacy & Politics”, “Finance & Business”, “Lifestyle, Fashion & Sports”, “Media & Entertainment”, and “Technology & Innovation,” who had the most impact last year and will continue to do so in the future, according to Gold House. The list is curated by the A100 selection committee, who are a group of “Asian and multicultural icons and 20 of the nation’s leading Asian nonprofit organizations.” Some of its members include Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, figure skater Michelle Kwan, and music group Far East Movement.
This year included pretty much any Asian that was involved with “Crazy Rich Asians.” Director Jon M. Chu made the list, while actors Awkwafina, Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Henry Golding, and Ken Jeong became an honoree. Other notable names from the entertainment industry include Ali Wong, Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, BTS, and Hasan Minhaj.
In the “Activism, Advocacy & Politics” industry, some notable names include presidential hopefuls, Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang, U.S congressman Ted Lieu, and Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen.
In “Finance & Business,” some notable names are Indra Nooyi, Judy John, and Betty Liu.
The “Lifestyle, Fashion, & Sports” section honored names such as Olympic Gold medalist snowboarder Chloe Kim, Chrissy Teigen, David Chang, NFL quarterback Kyler Murray, and figure skaters Alex & Maia Shibutani.
Finally in “Technology & Innovation” some notable names are Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Giphy CEO and founder Alex Chung, and CEO of Baobab Studios Maureen Fan.
To check out all of the 100 most influential Asians on the A100 list, head on over to Gold House.
“We know the world’s divided; when traditional institutions fail to unify us, it’s incumbent on our cultural leaders — founders, creative voices, nonprofit organizations and businesses — to show us a brighter, more productive path,” a Gold House spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s always been this way: cultural shifts have always preceded policy changes. The A100 List embraces the pinnacles of integrative cultural achievement to unify not only the Asian diaspora, but all communities.”
But there’s more. For the first time, Gold House is having a vote among honorees to decide which of them is the most impactful Asian of last year. They can vote up to May 15 and the greatest Asian of last year will be revealed at the end of the month.