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.

Meet Jenny V. Jensen of AARP’s Georgia State Office

Jenny Jensen is a child of the Vietnam War — or at least, end of the war. She was born in April of 1975 in Bangkok, Thailand, while her father was in Saigon “when the city went to hell in a handbasket.” “I am what is called a third culture kid,” she says. “My father worked for the State Department, which is why he was in Southeast Asia.” When her family moved to the U.S., she became an American citizen, …

‘A Filipino American Story’

We’re excited to present A Filipino American Story — an animated video presenting the pivotal moments of courage, sacrifice, and triumphs of Filipino Americans since 1587 and how they paved the way for the current generation shaping the future today. This story is powered by NextDayBetter and AARP AAPI Community for Filipino American History Month. FOLLOW US for more Filipino American stories throughout Filipino American History Month. We will also share stories of Filipino American disruptors in a range of …

How To Handle Loneliness and Isolation

Charlotte Yeh, Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services, Inc. has resources for those 50+ to help them stay connected with people around them. She was interviewed on The Filipino Channel (TFC) by Katrina Dimaranan, co-host of  “Adobo Nation.”

Navigating the Job Search in the Digital Age

AARP Illinois State Office executive council member Nancy Chen shares some tips for 50+ job hunters in today’s digital environment. She was interviewed on The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) “Adobo Nation” by co-host JC Gonzalez.

Jeanette Arakawa’s ‘The Little Exile’ tells the story of Japanese American incarceration

The historical story of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II is still not well-known in mainstream American culture and literature. When it comes to books, there are only a handful that are based on JAs’ wartime experience. The 1994 novel Snow Falling on Cedars is the most familiar to non-JA audiences (in large part because of the 1999 Oscar-nominated Hollywood film version). Now, we can add to this short list The Little Exile by Jeanette Arakawa, a first-time …

Congratulations to AARP’s 2017 AAPI Heroes!

AARP is proud to announce the winners of its 2nd Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards that were created to acknowledge the hard-working staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations serving AAPIs age 50-plus. We received 61 nominations from around the country including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Washington, DC. The stellar submissions included executive directors, staff, and volunteers who work in healthcare, housing, social services, education, and media. …