AAJA is the nation’s largest non-profit educational and professional organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists.
Dinah Eng, a columnist for Scripps Howard News Service, was this year’s recipient of AAJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her leadership and dedication to the journalism community includes stints as past national president of AAJA and past national president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, and over 20 years of service to AAJA. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism over the course of a life’s work, as well as dedication to issues important to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
New York City based photojournalist Corky Lee, was the recipient of AAJA’s Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Ahn, a Korean American who was raised in Arkansas and Texas who devoted her life to promoting civil rights and social justice for all Americans, especially women and Asian Americans. For over 35 years, Lee has used his camera to ensure that the faces of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their experiences be included in American history. At once intensely personal and socially conscious, he has a style of photojournalism that crosses the divides of different Asian American and Pacific Islander nationalities.
Leadership in Diversity award recipient Jeannie Park, a former editor of Time, Inc. has increased the diversity among the staffs of every publication she’s headed from InStyle to People magazine. She has mentored and advised countless young members of AAJA, who aspire to executive offices.
In addition to her own generous contributions to AAJA, the New York Chapter, and the Executive Leadership Program, Jeannie Park has also encouraged her employers to give. At ELP, she helps guide class participants with her experiences as a magazine executive and with her knowledge of the industry, encouraging participants to grow and become stronger leaders themselves while balancing work and life.
Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist. Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog. As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.
Multimedia: 2009 Asian American Journalists Association Awards
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AAJA member Lia Chang’s RED photographic exhibit part of Chinese New Year celebration
RED opening reception at Gouverneur Healthcare Services