May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and with it, Gold House — a nonprofit collective that seeks to promote equity and more authentic Asian and Pacific Islander representation in a way that benefits society as a whole — has announced its highly anticipated annual A100 list made up of up of the most influential Asians across a broad swath of industries and organizations.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to see some of our favorite Allure cover stars like Gemma Chan, Olivia Munn, and Naomi Osaka among the honorees. They’re joined by K-pop superstars Blackpink, Vice President Kamala Harris, Saturday Night Live‘s Bowen Yang, Oscar nominee Riz Ahmed, TV host Jeannie Mai, multihyphenate entertainer and activist Padma Lakshmi, beauty influencer Patrick Starrr, and hip-hop artist Saweetie. Both Chloé Zhao and H.E.R. receive the honor fresh off their Oscar wins.
The A100 also includes names that may not be as familiar to you, but their contributions definitely are. The founders of Poshmark — Chetan Pungaliya, Gautam Golwala, Manish Chandra, and Tracy Sun — made the list, as well as Ancestry CEO Deborah Liu, Zoom founder and CEO Eric S. Yuan, the creator of the N95 mask, Peter Tsai, Gap CEO Sonia Syngal, and the founders of Stop AAPI Hate, Cynthia Choi, Manjusha Kulkarni, and Russell Jeung.
For Allure editor in chief and previous A100 honoree, Michelle Lee, this year’s list holds even more significance than it usually does for the AAPI community and its allies. “With the rise in racism and violent attacks against Asians around the world, this has been such a difficult year for our community. So it’s especially important that we take the time to honor people who are making a real impact in their industries,” Lee says. “Their visibility and, in many cases, their activism, are helping to shatter stereotypes and change the narrative about what it means to be Asian American.” Munn echoes the sentiment, telling Allure: “As a proud Asian American and daughter of a Viet Refugee, I’m honored to continue fighting with my friends at Gold House to reshape public opinion about the AAPI community in media and in our communities.”
You can see the full A100 list right here.
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