25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2013)

In the spirit of 2013 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration, we are documenting the changing of power and the continual shifting of influence of Asian Americans in our communities.

This year’s 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia offer a listing of individuals who made an impact in arts, business, government, politics, social work, education, judiciary, and areas that influence every aspect of Georgian’s daily life. Some names are familiar as they continue to strive to make our community a better place to live. New faces are recognized for their effort and dedication to make a difference.

The list is made possible by the editorial staff and a selection committee comprises of community, civic, media, and professional organizations.


GAT 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2013):

Aparna Bhattacharyya
Executive Director

Cecile J. Pasion-Bregman
Chairperson, Kalayaan
Asst Professor, Emory University

Estrella Cramer
Corporate Finance Manager
Corporate Procurement Services

Kim Hanh Dang
Vietnamese Community of Georgia

Le Dam Doan
Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC Georgia)

Duriya Farooqui
Chief Operating Officer
City of Atlanta

Daniel Fu
Board member Indonesian Heritage Community Foundation

May Gao, Ph. D
Asian Studies Coordinator
Kennesaw State University

Julin Gu
President, Association of Chinese Professionals in Atlanta
Senior Consultant, Bank of America

Steven Gu
CPA, KPMG Tax Dept.
Board Member, National Association of Chinese Professionals (NACA)

Sharon Lim Harle
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Services
Mercer University Atlanta

Tim Hur
CEO, International Business Accelerator
President, Asian Real Estate Association America (Atlanta)

Jimmy Ho
Vice President
Chinese Community Center

Mika Kawana
Finance Director
Georgia Republican Party

“Travis” Euisuk Kim
President, Automall
President, The Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta

Chong Loo
Financial Controller
UPS International Finance & Accounting Group

Made Yata
CEO & Founder
My International Gourmet

Farooq Mughal
Managing Partner
MS Global Partners

B.J. Pak
Georgia House of Representative 108th District
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Bryan Ramos
Principal, Ramos Law Firm
President, Philippines American Chamber of Commerce

Umpon Sangmalee, MD
Thai Association World Center USA

Elsie Medina Vidanes
Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta

Lani Wong
National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA)

Bonnie Youn
Youn Law Group

Eugene C. Yu
Federation of Korean Association of USA


GAT Community Spirit Award (2013):

Kim DoHyang Reimann, PhD
Associate Professor, Political Science
Director, Asian Studies Center
Georgia State University

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