AARP AAPI Marketing Communications Consultant

Gil Asakawa is a journalist, editor, author and blogger who covers Asian American issues and culture in blogs and social media. He is the Student Media Manager for the University of Colorado, Boulder’s journalism program, and a consultant managing editorial content and social media for AARP’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) marketing team.

He is a nationally known speaker, panelist and expert on Asian American and Japanese American issues. He was invited to speak about the Japanese American experience and train young writers in Japan in 2015. He’s the author of “Being Japanese American” originally published in 2004 and revised in 2015, a history of Japanese in America, and co-author of “The Toy Book” (Knopf, 1991), a history of the toys of the Baby Boom generation.

He is involved in a number of Asian and Asian American community organizations and boards, has been accepted as a member of the US-Japan Council and is an appointed member of the City of Denver’s Asian American Pacific Islander Commission.

Gil sings and plays guitar (sometimes in a “band”) and is the King of the Grill. He posts lots of pictures of food on social media.

Japanese Immigrant Is Nashville’s First AAPI City Council Member

Mina Johnson is living the American dream, but it’s one she hadn’t dreamed about growing up. An immigrant from Japan, Johnson is Nashville’s first Asian American and Pacific Islander member of the city council. “I never imagined I would be doing this when I left Japan,” she says. Because of deep-rooted cultural traditions, it’s still unusual for women in Japan to enter politics and for Asian Americans to run for public office — particularly in the self-proclaimed “buckle of the …

Why Tax-Aide Needs Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as Volunteers

Vivi Luangkhot has volunteered for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program for four years. An accountant who works for AARP by day, she first found she enjoyed helping others fill out their returns when she was in college. “I always enjoyed doing tax returns,” she says. “I do it for myself and I do it for my family.” After college, Vivi was referred to a Virginia program to help people with their taxes. And now she’s happy that AARP offers her …

Stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Disrupt Aging

AARP is proud to partner with Next Day Better to share stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) disrupting aging. We’re excited to show that AAPIs have a voice — and that our combined voices are loud, proud and clear! Throughout December, we’ll be adding short stories to this post, so please return to see the latest one at the top of the page. You can also find the latest stories on the AARP AAPI Community page on Facebook. …

Stories of Caregiving From the AAPI Community

AARP is proud to partner with Next Day Better to share a monthlong series of stories of caregiving within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Throughout November, we’ll be adding short stories to this post, so please return to see the latest one at the top of the page. You can also find the latest stories on the AARP AAPI Community page on Facebook. We invite you to share your stories of caregiving by adding them to the …

ChiLiving Brings Tai Chi to Modern Life

Tai chi is a popular ancient form of low-impact martial art that’s hugely popular in its home country, China. You can see groups of people of all ages gently going through the graceful movements in a park in the early morning, or groups of employees gathered on a rooftop or courtyard. Tai chi is also a common form of exercise in the United States, but one man has modernized it into ChiRunning and ChiWalking, combined into a lifestyle concept called …

Recapturing the Olympic Glory of an Asian American Pioneer

When TV reporter Ryan Yamamoto saw the name Tommy Kono, he wondered, “Who?” Unfortunately, most people today might ask the same question. But thanks to Yamamoto and his wife, fellow TV reporter Suzanne Phan, Kono’s legacy has been captured in a half-hour documentary, Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story. The film is making the rounds this month on PBS stations across the country, just in time for the Rio Summer Olympics. Tommy Kono was a Japanese American athlete who …