Welcome to visualizAsian.com!
Our goal is simple: To connect you with Asian American Pacific Islander pioneers and leaders from fields as diverse as politics, business, sports and entertainment, and inspire and empower AAPIs to find their voice and stand with vigor in everything they do!
We want to make the accomplishments of Asian Americans visible, because so often, we’re invisible.
And when Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are visible, we’re often inaccurately portrayed in the media. We’re sandwiched in between honorific cultural values and centuries-old stereotypes which makes it difficult to develop a strong sense of personal identity.
According to the 2000 Census, 4.4% of the total population of the United States is of Asian ancestry. Add mixed-race Asians and Pacific Islanders (.14%, a small but significant population) and we’re a small, but visible community within the U.S. But that visibility is not reflected in the mainstream – not in corporate America, or in popular culture.
For instance, 27% of total Americans are college-educated, while 42% of Asian Americans hold college degrees. And yet, only 1.5% of CEOs in Fortune 500 companies are Asian American. What’s going on? If education equates success, then clearly, we’re hitting the “glass ceiling.”
In pop culture, we’re increasingly more visible on TV shows, commercials and in Hollywood movies, but we’re still best known through depictions as martial arts masters, exotic romantic objects or science nerds.
Rather than waiting for the mainstream to acknowledge the powerful leaders in the AAPI communities and the contributions we make as Americans, we must do this for ourselves. Yes, we’re breaking with tradition by bringing attention to ourselves!
visualizAsian.com is where you can find stories about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that can inspire other AAPIs to follow in their footsteps.
Erin Yoshimura is a cultural intelligence, emotional intelligence and personal branding trainer and career coach. She brings diversity to every room she enters, and uses her personal experiences to catalyze cultural awareness. Her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were all interned during WWII, and as an Asian American woman, she challenges stereotypes about Asians in modern society.
She’s created training programs for clients including 9News, Raytheon, Making Connections-Denver and the National Association of Asian American Professionals. She’s conducted workshops, lectures and keynote speeches about Asian-American culture for University of Colorado – Boulder, Coors Brewing Company, Colorado State University, and the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado.
She’s a certified Personal Brand Strategist, certified Emotional Intelligence trainer, and certified Professional Coach. Erin has also trained with and assisted for Lee Mun Wah (Color of Fear) of StirFry Seminars, a nationally-recognized master in diversity and communications training.
An avid volunteer, Erin currently serves on Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Denver Asian Pacific American Commission, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Development Center. She also served on the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival’s Organizing Committee from 2001-2007. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and was instrumental in starting a chapter in Denver.
Her website is at http://empowerful.com
Gil Asakawa is a journalist, editor, author and online content consultant with 30 years of media experience, and a nationally-known writer and speaker on Asian American and Japanese American issues and communities. He writes a blog about pop culture from an Asian American perspective at Nikkeiview.com, and also covers those topics in online social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. He is the author of “Being Japanese American” (Stonebridge, 2004), about Japanese American identity and community.
He has lectured, been a panelist and moderated panels on race, Asian American identity, pop culture and technology at workshops, seminars and conferences across the U.S. including for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and a Maynard Institute workshop for news industry managers of color, at Harvard University.
He served as the Editorial Board Chair for the Pacific Citizen, the newspaper of the Japanese American Citizens League, and a member of the national Board of Directors for the JACL. He is a past president of the Mile Hi Chapter of the JACL, and a past board member of the Japan America Society of Colorado. He was also a member of the operating committee for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival from 2001 to 2007.
His professional associations include Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association where he was instrumental in starting a chapter in Denver.
More information is available at http://gillers.com