Chloé Zhao, Kelly Marie Tran, Riz Ahmed, Padma Lakshmi and others are being honored as a part of nonprofit collective Gold House’s fourth annual A100 List to celebrate Asians and Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and their impactful contributions to society.
A100 Honorees are voted on through a rigorous process with a panel of multicultural icons (including actress-singer Lea Salonga, Mastercard executive chairman Ajay Banga, Panda Express Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, actor and producer Michael B. Jordan, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger, and GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis), 21 top API nonprofit groups, and hundreds of Gold House members. The A100 List launches in tandem to support We Can Do This that provides accessible knowledge about COVID-19 vaccines as communities reopen.
“Recognizing the achievements of the AAPI community couldn’t be more timely than right now. 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,” says Daniel Dae Kim, who serves as one of the A100 Icon Judges.
Voters for the A100 list — which honors 100 of the most esteemed and impactful Asians in media and entertainment, fashion and lifestyle, technology, business, social activism and politics from the past year — also selected the single most impactful Asians per category. Honorees included Vice President Kamala Harris for activism, advocacy and politics, Chloé Zhao for entertainment, Padma Lakshmi for lifestyle, and a slew of #StopAsianHate-focused journalists for media and journalism including Benny Luo (founder and CEO, NextShark), CeFaan Kim (reporter, ABC7NY), Dion Lim (anchor and reporter, ABC7 KGO-TV), and Kimmy Yam (reporter, NBC Asian America).
Additionally, for the first time, those who have been an A100 Honoree more than twice (including Awkwafina, BTS, Dwayne Johnson, Grace Meng, Michelle Lee, Prabal Gurung, Priyanka Chopra, and Steven Yeun) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gold House will also host several Future Town Halls with Facebook mid-May that explore women-led businesses, representation and cross-cultural solidarity.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s senior awards editor Rebecca Ford and senior diversity and inclusion editor Rebecca Sun have been included in past lists.
The full A100 list, as well as information about upcoming virtual events, can be found on Gold House’s website.