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May 2, 2019

Gold House's A100 List Highlights 100 People Who Define Asian Excellence, And We're So Here For It

"My differences actually make me powerful and give me a unique perspective that needs to be heard."

There's no better way to kick off APAHM (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month) than by recognizing those who exemplify Asian excellence — specifically, 100 Asians doing the damn thing and being trailblazers in their respective industries, whether it's media, politics, business, or tech.

Our annual #A100List honors the most impactful Asians in culture every May for AAPI Heritage Month. Visit https://t.co/wBtmsvyyv5 to see our full List of Honorees.

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According to a press statement Gold House, the organization behind the A100 list "is an exclusive collective of pioneering Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders dedicated to systematically accelerating the Asian diaspora’s societal impact while enhancing the community’s cultural legacy."

You'll recognize a lot of the honorees, like...

Killing Eve star, acting veteran, and all-around Asian badass, Sandra Oh!

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Creator and host of the Netflix political comedy show, Patriot Act, Hasan Minhaj!

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Queen of tidying up and sparking joy, Marie Kondo!

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International K-pop phenoms, BTS!

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Who just won Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist at the BBMAs!

...And so many more!

You can check out the full list here.

A few honorees shared insights on their Asian identity and what it means for them and their careers:

"You can’t be what you can’t see. When I was growing up, I never saw faces that looked like mine. But now, that’s all changing." -@HarryShumJr Visit https://t.co/wBtmsvyyv5 to view the full #A100List

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"When I was growing up, I never saw faces onscreen that looked like mine." —Harry Shum Jr.

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But because of actors like Harry working hard and landing big roles, future generations hopefully won't have experiences like that. I mean, who else can't wait to see Harry rocking the big screen in the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians?

Unsurprisingly, director Jon M. Chu, author Kevin Kwan, screenwriter Adele Lim, and fellow cast mates Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, and Nico Santos are all honorees as well!

"My hometown was very much not diverse. So growing up, I think I kind of ignored a little bit of my Asian American identity. —Michelle Lee

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As an Asian American who grew up in a mostly-white Midwestern town, I definitely feel the same way. When you're continuously reminded that you're a minority and other people's perceptions of you are largely shaped by stereotypes, you just put your head down and assume that's the way it'll always be. It wasn't until my college and post-college years that I realized, partially with the help of a larger Asian community, that my background is something I should be unequivocally proud of.

"I was always seen as the Asian basketball player, the Chinese basketball player. I was never seen as just a basketball player." —Jeremy Lin

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Let's stop with the racial identifiers, ok? I know it's tempting, but you really just gotta let people be, and let their talents speak for themselves.

"We've always been aware of the outside perceptions and the stereotypes with that, but we've always chosen to focus on ourselves." —Alex and Maia Shibutani

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Speaking of which, I love this. Your identity extends far beyond your appearance and where your relatives come from, and this is a great reminder to not be burdened by external factors and feel like a ~representative~ of Asian people. That's not on anyone. Just harness your own talents and wellbeing!

"My differences actually make me powerful and give me a unique perspective that needs to be heard." —Maureen Fan

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There are a lot of problems — whether it's the way the country is governed or the lack of diversity in newsrooms — that can't be solved with a room full of people with similar perspectives, upbringings, and privileges. Duh.

"This past year in particular, there's never been a better time to be an Asian American in this industry." —Daniel Dae Kim

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I'll cheers to that! Even though it's been said a million times over since last year's "Asian August" (Crazy Rich Asians, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Searching!!), it still rings true and we gotta keep that momentum going because it should **always** be a good time to be an Asian American in the entertainment industry. Now, and I repeat, ALWAYS.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I'm wowed by the vast and diverse Asian leadership captured by this list — seriously, there are so many Asians helming crazy influential companies and advocacy organizations!

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Just to name a few:

–Dr. Leana Wen (President, Planned Parenthood)

–Amanda Nguyen (Founder and CEO, Rise)

–Albert Cheng (Co-Head of TV and COO, Amazon Studios)

–Bela Bajaria (Head of Global Non-English TV Original Programming, Netflix)

–Lisa Nishimura (VP, Original Documentary & Comedy Programming, Netflix)

–Mark Tatum (Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer, NBA)

–Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft)

–Jen Rubio (Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Away)

–Katrina Lake (CEO and Founder, Stitch Fix)

If you didn't know, now you KNOW. ✨✨✨

I would love to talk about each honoree in extreme detail, but that post would literally go on forever, so go to Gold House's website to check out the full A100 list!

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