Our mission is three-fold:
1. To encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism
2. To work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
3. To increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers in the industry.
Who are we?
Founded in 1981, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a nonprofit professional and educational organization with more than 2,000 members today. AAJA serves Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by encouraging young people to consider journalism as a career, developing managers in the media industry, and promoting fair and accurate news coverage.
AAJA uses the term “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” to embrace all Americans – both citizens and residents – who self-identify with one or more of the three dozen nationalities and ethnic groups in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. We use this term to refer to our communities at large, as well as to our membership which includes representatives from all these regions.
AAJA is committed to diversity in order to incorporate different viewpoints into newsrooms across the country. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists of Color, along with the Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and National Association of Black Journalists.
President: Gil Asakawa
Manager of student media, school of journalism & mass communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Gil Asakawa is a veteran of the local media scene from Westword to The Denver Post and many online sites including serving as adviser to the CU Independent, CU Boulder’s student news website. He is also a blogger and social media expert, and manages the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival’s online social media presence. Follow Gil on Twitter @GilAsakawa.
Vice President: Joe Nguyen
Journalist, The Denver Post
Joe Nguyen is a journalist for The Denver Post, covering Adams County and Aurora for YourHub since April 2011. He is a veteran reporter in Denver’s Asian-American community, as the driving force behind asiaxpress.com, and recently as editorial director of Asian Avenue Magazine. He has served as AAJA-Denver’s vice president since 2008. He is the group’s president-elect for 2012. Follow Joe on Twitter @thejoenguyen.
Treasurer: Andy Vuong
Business reporter, The Denver Post
Andy Vuong primarily covers technology. He joined The Denver Post as a business reporter in 2000 after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a news-editorial degree. Over the years, his coverage has included everything from aviation to federal courts. He has served as AAJA-Denver’s treasurer since 2008. Follow Andy on Twitter @AndyVuong.
Secretary: Tillie Fong
Originally from California, Tillie Fong came to Denver in 1987 to become a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News. She has also worked with In Denver Times and the Rocky Mountain Independent. She has served as secretary for AAJA-Denver since 2010 and is also Denver’s AAJA national board representative.