The 100 Most Influential Asian Americans of 2017

100 AZNS celebrates the talents, creativity, and leadership among Asian Americans in 2017.

As another year draws to a close, it's a good moment to look back, take stock and consider the individuals and ideas that helped shaped the year that was. Who are the leaders and influencers that are creating change in our community and the world at large? Could we actually come up with a list of influential Asian Americans, à la the annual "Time 100"? Somebody took it upon themselves to find out, and the answer is yes.

100 AZNS is a list celebrating "the immense talents, creativity, and leadership among Asian Americans in 2017." It features artists, writers, performers, filmmakers, politicians, activists and more.

The list was compiled by designer and filmmaker Leah Nichols, who says she was challenged out of initial skepticism that enough Asian Americans could even fill such a list. The real challenge was whittling the list down to 100. The end result, Nichols says, "represents only a selection of many who are putting in the work, livin their best lives, and inspiring positive change." It's pretty inspiring when you see them all together like this.

So here it is, 100 AZNS. Click on the image below to download the entire list (PDF):

(I'm honored and humbled to be included in this gathering.)

The see the full list of 100 AZNS and read more about each individual, including relevant links, go here.

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