It’s the beginning of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which means it’s time for Gold House to unveil who has made their A100 list.
A100 list is the API leadership coalition’s fifth annual list of the most influential Asians and Pacific Islanders in American society and culture. 2022 also marks their first in-person celebration since the beginning of the pandemic. The annual list sorts the A100 into five arenas: activism, advocacy and politics; business, technology and innovation; entertainment; lifestyle; and sports. This year’s list includes: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu, as the first actor to portray a Marvel superhero of Asian descent in a titular role, is the A1 in entertainment, which also includes Bridgerton season 2 screen siblings Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran; Oscar winner Chloe Zhao (Nomadland, Eternals) and fellow directors Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi); Domee Shi (Turning Red); Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car) and Taika Waititi; Jason Momoa; Netflix chief marketing officer Marian Lee; Olivia Rodrigo; the creatives and stars of Apple TV+’s Pachinko (Soo Hugh, Justin Chon, Kogonada, Theresa Kang-Lowe, Minha Kim, Lee Minho and Jin Ha); Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito; Oscar winner Riz Ahmed; 88Rising’s Sean Miyashiro and Derek Hsu; Silk Sonic (Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars); the creator and stars of Netflix’s Squid Game (Hwang Dong-hyuk, Lee Jung-jae, Hoyeon, Oh Young-soo, Park Hae-soo); as well as Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn (who also stars in Pachinko).
In addition to the A100, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees (who must have appeared on at least two prior lists) include Kpop superstars Blackpink, Gemma Chan, H.E.R. and Kelly Marie Tran.
“Though the news cycle may have moved on, it’s clear to anyone following that the challenges facing the AAPI community remain,” A100 judge Daniel Dae Kim said in a statement. “It’s vitally important that we continue to reclaim our narrative by celebrating and honoring the achievements of those of us making a positive impact on our world today.”
This year’s A100, A1s, Hall of Famers and Legends will be celebrated in person at Gold House’s inaugural Gold Gala on May 21 in downtown Los Angeles.