AAPIP Legacy Award
AAPIP is proud to launch the AAPIP Legacy Award in a landmark year - with the significant rise in AAPI activism amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, racial reckoning around anti-Black racism, and yet another rising tide of anti-Asian violence. This inaugural award recognizes and honors an AAPIP chapter leader or AAPIP stakeholder for their outstanding volunteer service building on and leveraging their connection to AAPIP through a focused, educational, research, and/or professional development opportunity in service of racial equity and justice goals.The award grants resources toward research/project work, including but not limited to attending conferences and events, coaching and mentorship.
AAPIP is pleased to award James Liou, Chair of the AAPIP Philadelphia chapter, this inaugural Legacy Award. James has served as a Co-Chair of the AAPIP Philadelphia chapter for the past four years, during which time his service to the AAPIP community has been exemplary, including his contributions to the development of AAPIP’s racial equity statement and related activities. James has demonstrated extraordinary leadership during the pandemic, working with local community and philanthropic leaders, giving circle members, and other stakeholders to identify and advocate for smaller Asian American organizations that were left out of early COVID relief efforts. He is currently leading an effort to create a new AAPI community fund in the Philadelphia region, building a bridge between local community and philanthropy partners.
The research project work that James will conduct supports the refinement and completion of a racial equity curriculum as a core educational resource for chapter leaders. This project will be a contribution to the field and to the community by educating philanthropic professionals about AAPI history, make a case for philanthropic individuals and institutions to increase inclusion and funding for AAPI-led and serving organizations, and acknowledge AAPIs as important stakeholders and co-leaders in conversations around racial justice and equity. This project will connect with emerging efforts - in Philadelphia and nationally - to engage and activate a bridge between philanthropy and AAPI communities.
AAPIP is grateful for James’ outstanding service as Chair of the AAPIP Philadelphia chapter and is proud to award him with the inaugural Legacy Award. Thank you, James!