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.

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. …

Vote for the 2017 AARP AAPI Hero Awards!

Congratulations to the Finalists in AARP’s 2nd Annual AAPI Hero Awards Contest! We wanted to hear about the hard-working staff and volunteers who bring their passion and energy to non-profit organizations that serve AAPIs who are 50-plus. We were looking for the people who are the heart and soul of their organizations, not just the founders, CEOs and executive directors. We received 61 nominations, and the judges were impressed by every nominee. After much deliberation, we chose 10 outstanding finalists …

Vincent Chin’s Slaying 35 Years Ago Galvanized a Pan-Asian Movement

On the night of June 19, 1982, 27-year-old Vincent Chin was celebrating his bachelor party with friends in a Detroit strip club. He got into an altercation with two white men, and both groups were thrown out. The two men tracked down Chin with the help of a third man and brutally beat him with a baseball bat. Their reason? They were angry about the state of the U.S. auto industry, and blamed Japanese cars, which were at the time …

Reporter David Louie Celebrates 45 Years on the Air

David Louie, a familiar face to TV viewers in San Francisco, celebrates a personal milestone on May 29, Memorial Day: 45 years with ABC as a reporter, spending most of his career at KGO ABC7 Bay Area. Louie began his career at KGO in 1972, then left for a management position at an ABC station in Detroit in 1977. He missed the Bay Area and returned in ’79 and has stayed ever since. He covered the burgeoning technology scene out …

Deadline Extended for AARP AAPI Hero Award Nominations!

AARP AAPI Heroes Awards! You can read about our inaugural winners here Once again, we’re looking for hardworking individuals who may be volunteers or employees for a 501(c)3 organization that serves Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who are 50-plus, and exemplify the mission of their organizations yet seldom receive the accolades that they deserve. You can nominate your 2017 AARP AAPI Heroes here We’re not looking for founders, executives or board members, necessarily; we want to shine the spotlight …