(photo: Me with my AAJA family)
I am humbled by the opportunity you gave me.
And I’m honored to serve you for another two years.
We started this journey two years ago and it’s not over yet.
Asians have been living in America, working in America, building America for more than 150 years. And yet, we are still treated like foreigners. Too often, our stories are reduced to stereotypes.
We are the fastest growing immigrant group in the U.S. But we are ignored as a potential political force.
We are the most affluent minority group in the U.S. But we are ignored by corporate America as a key market.
We are the highest educated racial group in the U.S. But we see few Asian Americans at the executive suite.
This needs to change. We have the power to change these inequities.
You change it by bearing witness as journalists.
Report the story of Asian America.
You can change it by rising in your newsroom.
Tomorrow, go back and let your managers know you are ready for more, you want more and you are worth more.
Tomorrow, go back and make sure we have fair and balanced coverage of our community.
Tomorrow, go back and make sure everyone you know is a member of AAJA because your membership gives up the power and voice we need to advocate on your behalf.
Tomorrow, go back and engage other Asian Americans in your community and amplify our voice as Asian Americans.
I’m thankful to our members, sponsors and community partners who have invested in AAJA.
We will be celebrating some major milestones next year.
Our convention and our student project Voices will be celebrating its 25th birthday.
Our Executive Leadership Program will celebrate its 20th birthday.
And our multicultural high school program JCamp will be celebrating its 15th birthday.
Your membership, your sponsorships and your partnership kept AAJA’s programs strong and relevant.
Thank you for being here, for the work you put in over the past three days to improve your craft and to support each other.
On a more personal note, I want to especially thank the Associated Press for supporting my service to you.
Thank you and looking forward to serving you got another two years.