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100 Asians To Know in Denver

This list is comprised of changemakers in Denver’s Asian community and influencers in their industries. It was developed from recommendations from Asian community members.


Read their full bios in Asian Avenue Magazine's Special Edition for May. List of all 100 along with their Asian ethnicities below.

UNDER 30 | 9-11

1) Joie Ha (Chinese, Taiwanese)

2) Elizabeth Franz (Mixed Race)

3) Stephen Zhang (Chinese)

4) Allyson Masunaga Goto (Japanese)

5) Susanna Y Park (Korean)

6) Katerina Jeng (Filipino, Taiwanese)

7) Kai Vong (Chinese)

8) Johnnie Nguyen (Vietnamese)

9) Sebastian Anderson (Korean)

10) Naureen Singh (Indian)

11) Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake (Japanese)

12) Kiana Marsan (Filipino)


PUBLIC SERVICE | 12-13

13) JD Mangat (Indian)

14) Lynn Baca (Latina, Pacific Islander)

15) Father Joseph Dang (Vietnamese)

16) Will Chan (Chinese)

17) Eric Hiraga (Japanese)

18) Trace Yang (Hmong)

19) Joe Jefferson (Chinese)

20) Derek Okubo (Japanese)

ETHNIC COMMUNITY | 14-15

21) Lynda Sipanya (Laotian)

22) Eed Cefkin (Thai)

23) Drucie Bathin (Karen)

24) Peter Lee (Korean)

25) Adam You (Chinese)

26) Su Baw (Karen)

27) Giselle Rushford (Filipino)

28) Gary Yamashita (Japanese)


COMMUNITY AT-LARGE | 16-17

29) Stacey Shigaya (Japanese)

30) Harry Budisidharta (Indonesian)

31) Shauna Medeiros-Tuilaepa (Pacific Islander)

32) Annie VanDan (Chinese, Taiwanese)

33) Nga Vương-Sandoval (Vietnamese)

34) Marge Taniwaki (Japanese)

35) Tarika Cefkin (Thai)

36) SomXai Vue (Hmong)


K-12 EDUCATORS | 18

37) Kevin Leung (Chinese)

38) Priscilla Rahn (Korean/Black)

39) Indira Walia (Indian)

40) Ying Ong (Chinese)

HIGHER EDUCATION | 19

41) Ken Lee (Hmong)

42) Dr. William Wei (Chinese)

43) Dr. Faye Caronan (Filipino)

44) Dr. Jennifer Ho (Chinese)

DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION | 20

45) Erin Yoshimura (Japanese)

46) Soyon Bueno (Korean)

47) Kimberly Ming Ford (Chinese, Puerto Rican)

48) Dr. Rachele Espiritu (Filipino)

CULTURE | 21

49) Yangmee Lor (Hmong)

50) Sara Moore (Japanese)

51) Phong Vo (Vietnamese)

52) Namita Nariani (Indian)


LGBTQIA | 22

53) Pasha Ripley (Korean)

54) Yeong Cheng (Chinese)

55) Kat Ling (Chinese)

56) Laila Ireland (Hawaiian, Filipino, Puerto Rican)


MOTHERS | 23

57) Lynn Tran (Chinese)

58) Joanne Liu (Chinese)

59) Aurelia Grinstead (Filipino)

60) Mimi Luong (Chinese)

HEALTH | 24

61) Dr. Robin Yasui (Japanese)

62) Dr. DJ Ida (Japanese)

63) Teresa Nguyen (Vietnamese)

64) Dr. PJ Parmar (Indian)

MEDIA |25

65) Patricia Kaowthumrong (Thai)

66) Shawn Chitnis (Indian)

67) Gil Asakawa (Japanese)

68) Kim Ngan Nguyen (Vietnamese)

69) Joe Nguyen (Vietnamese)

LAW | 26

70) Deborah Yim (Chinese)

71) Christine Han (Korean)

72) Margaret Choi (Chinese)

73) Kenzo Kawanabe (Japanese)

POLITICS | 27

74) Howard Chou (Chinese)

75) Neal Walia (Indian)

76) Tejwant Mangat (Indian)

77) Indira Duggirala (Indian)

ARTISTS | 28

78) Viki Eagle (Japanese/Indian)

79) Abbie Kozik (Filipino)

80) Ratha Sok (Cambodian)

81) Sammy Lee (Korean)

82) Courtney Ozaki (Japanese)

83) Andrea Wang (Chinese)

84) Peter Trinh (Vietnamese)

85) Eriko Tsogo (Mongolian)


BUSINESS | 29

86) Fran Campbell (Filipino)

87) Riyaz Gayasaddin (Indian)

88) Chance Horiuchi (Japanese)

89) Khanh Vu (Vietnamese)

90) Lisa Nguyen (Vietnamese)

91) Joanne Tabellija-Murphy

92) Monique Sar (Cambodian)

93) Clarence Low (Chinese)


ENTREPRENEURS | 30-31

94) Chris Tran (Vietnamese)

95) Liane Pensack-Rinehart (Chinese, Japanese)

96) Tran Wills (Vietnamese)

97) Kim Le (Vietnamese)

98) Samm Diep-Vidal (Chinese)

99) Priya G Hariharan (Indian)

100) Christina Yutai Guo (Chinese)

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