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Asian America A to Z

NBC Asian America Presents: A to Z, a celebration of the emerging voices and breakout stars of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. These 26 individuals are writing new definitions every day about what it means to be Asian American and Pacific Islander in America today.
Thi Bui

Thi Bui

A - Artistic

"Maybe there's a big risk to take waiting for me in the future."

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Mei Lum

Mei Lum

B - Building community

"Believe in the opportunities that exist in the unexpected and the unknown."

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Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

C - Curious

"I firmly believe that disruption often comes out of nowhere, and it’s that defiant, rebellious spirit that drives things forward."

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Phillipa Soo Phillipa Soo Phillipa Soo Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo

D - Dazzling

"Life isn't perfect, any failures you have are actually learning moments. They teach us how to grow and evolve."

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Richard Tran Richard Tran Richard Tran Richard Tran

Richard Tran

E - Evocative

"There have been so many accomplishments and triumphs that need to be recognized and celebrated amongst our community."

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Alvin Cailan Alvin Cailan Alvin Cailan Alvin Cailan

Alvin Cailan

F - Fusion

"I wake up every morning challenging myself to work harder than the day before."

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Ivory Aquino Ivory Aquino Ivory Aquino Ivory Aquino

Ivory Aquino

G - Giving voice

"I'm proud of where I've come from and all I've gleaned from my culture and heritage, all of which continues to enrich my life to this day."

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Craig Santos Perez Craig Santos Perez Craig Santos Perez Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez

H - Historic

"Live poetically."

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Angela Dumlao Angela Dumlao Angela Dumlao Angela Dumlao

Angela Dumlao

I - Inclusive

"I’m inspired by people who are unapologetically themselves in the face of a society that values cis/heteronormativitity."

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Rajuju Brown Rajuju Brown Rajuju Brown Rajuju Brown

Rajuju Brown

J - Jazzy

"The history of Asian Americans belongs to all of us and celebrating our heritage helps us celebrate those great things and people in our community."

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Nathan Chen Nathan Chen Nathan Chen Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen

K - Kinetic

"Never give up."

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Nix Nix Nix Nix

Nix

L - Lyrical

"Since I didn’t have the emotional and physical space that I craved as a teenager, I took to music and built that space for myself."

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Blasian Narratives Blasian Narratives Blasian Narratives Blasian Narratives

Blasian Narratives

M - Multicultural

"By collectively and critically thinking, we critically create."

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Deepica Mutyala Deepica Mutyala Deepica Mutyala Deepica Mutyala

Deepica Mutyala

N - New-fashioned

"I could have had my viral moment be a fun 15 minutes of fame or I could take it and turn it into my dream career. I just never wanted to look back and think 'what if.'"

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Pradeepa Jeeva Pradeepa Jeeva Pradeepa Jeeva Pradeepa Jeeva

Pradeepa Jeeva

O - On the move

"I am constantly reading and actively look for opportunities that will challenge my assumptions about our society and the world around me."

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SJ Son SJ Son SJ Son SJ Son

SJ Son

P - Performative

"Asian experiences are real and they matter."

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Will Choi Will Choi Will Choi Will Choi

Will Choi

Q - Quite funny

"Taking my first improv class...was terrifying, but worth it. I highly suggest everyone to do it."

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Karuna Riazi Karuna Riazi Karuna Riazi Karuna Riazi

Karuna Riazi

R - Resisting cliches

"No matter what I do, I have a feeling it will stay rooted in advocacy for fellow marginalized peoples."

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Auli'i Cravalho Auli'i Cravalho Auli'i Cravalho Auli'i Cravalho

Auli'i Cravalho

S - Showstopping

"In all that I do, I carry my culture and heritage with me."

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Jon Jon Briones Jon Jon Briones Jon Jon Briones Jon Jon Briones

Jon Jon Briones

T - Tireless

"Aspire to do what you love, then do it constantly and consistently."

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Fatimah Asghar Fatimah Asghar Fatimah Asghar Fatimah Asghar

Fatimah Asghar

U - Unapologetic

"Do your work."

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Justin Chon Justin Chon Justin Chon Justin Chon

Justin Chon

V - Versatile

"I love to watch films constantly. Sitting in a room with strangers while we all laugh and cry watching people make believe is exciting for me."

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Mai Der Vang Mai Der Vang Mai Der Vang Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang

W - Writing history

"When I feel the spark of an idea, or when I read or hear about injustices in the community, country, and world, I feel the challenge set upon me to write."

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Chloe Kim Chloe Kim Chloe Kim Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim

X - Xtreme

"Always remember to have fun."

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Ocean Vuong Ocean Vuong Ocean Vuong Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong

Y - Yearning

"Kindness and compassion are not a sacrifice — but a nourishment for art."

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Seng Luangrath Seng Luangrath Seng Luangrath Seng Luangrath

Seng Luangrath

Z - Zesty

"Introducing new people to my cuisine [is] a challenge I always look forward to."

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