Time Magazine has released their Time 100 Next, an annual list of the world’s top 100 influential people, varying from artists, advocates, leaders, phenoms and innovators.
From breaking barriers and stereotypes to making sure that the world is a better place for generations to come, below are the Asian Americans and South Asian Americans making their mark on the world today
Awkwafina From rapping on YouTube to ground breaking roles in Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell, Awkwafina has become the face of Asian American representation in Hollywood while being herself.
Amanda Nguyen Activist, Amanda Nguyen founded Rise, a nonprofit that seeks to legally empower victims of sexual assault.
Henry Golding “Golding’s background and success reflect the inevitable – that we are all one race, one global culture and we will soon no longer have to talk about controversies surrounding representation. I am proud of his push for Asian representation” – Michelle Yeoh
Liza Koshy From YouTube to TikTok, Koshi is a self-starter, entrepreneur and very in touch with the world around her.
Bowen Yang Yang is the first Chinese American Saturday Night Live cast member and broken the mold of how many see LBGTQ Asian American comedians.
Chanel Miller After years of being known as the outspoken sexual assault victim of a Stanford rapist, Emily Doe, whose real name is Chanel Miller is an artist and writer who is working to make the world a better place.
Vijay Gupta Leaving his violinist post with he Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gupta left to work full time at his nonprofit Street Symphony where he brings musicians into shelters, clinics and jails to perform, teach music and engage in conversions about justice and oppression.
Varshini Parakash Parakash is a climate change warrior and Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement.
Alysa Liu At 13, she became the youngest U.S. ladies figure-skating champion in history.
Nite Yun A chef changing America’s relationship with Cambodia, one exquisite dish at a time.
Lily Singh Singh made the meteoric rise from YouTube to NBC and became the first queer person of color to host a late night talk show.
Mei Mei Hu The young CEO of United Neuroscience is finding new ways to fight brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s
Yuan Cao At only 23, Cao found superconductor properties in graphene with his breakthrough “magic angle graphene”
Varun Sivaram Sivaram has dedicated himself to helping the energy industry advance and help prevent the worst effects of climate change.