Gil Asakawa

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.
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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.
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In June, AARP hosted the premiere screening for Caregiving: The Circle of Love at the University of San Francisco. The 14-minute documentary tells the powerful and inspiring stories of three Chinese American caregivers.
AARP is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards, created to acknowledge the hard-working staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations serving AAPIs age 50-plus.
You’d think after a lifetime of growing and harvesting peaches, you’d get sick of eating them. But the Masumoto family still loves peaches and serves them up every way imaginable. “I love peaches, almost literally [they’re] in my blood,” says David “Mas” Masumoto, 62, the farmer who has nurtured his parents’ peach groves.
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