In the spirit of 2011 Asian American Heritage Month celebration, we are documenting the changing of power and the continual shifting of influence of Asian Americans in our communities.

Our sixth edition of 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 public nominations, GAT editorial staff and a selection committee comprises of Asian journalists who are active within the Asian American community.

(alphabetically by last name)

Ani Agnihotri
U.S. India Business and Research Center

Koji Aoto
Sake Sommelier

Charlice Byrd
Georgia House Representative
District 20

Biak Ceu
Honorary Paster
Atlanta Chin Baptist Church

Willie Chen
CAPASUS (Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in SE U.S.) Foundation

Andy Chou
Suno Dessert

Marianne Chung
Deputy Director
Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)

Jay Eun
President, Golden Stella
President, Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta (KAAGA)

Garry Guan
A-A Language Services

Ben Hioe
Community Volunteer, Indonesian Community Heritage Foundation (ICHF)
Director of Photography, Georgia Asian Times

Helen Kim Ho
Executive Director
Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC)

Wendy Ho
Community Volunteer
Malaysian Association of Georgia (MAG)

Tim Hur
CEO, International Business Accelerator
Board member, Gwinnett Place CID

Gyun Hur

Rima McGraw
CEO, Karmila Design
Founder, Sanggar Lestari

Lam Thanh Ngo
President, Asian/Pacific Council of Georgia (APAC)
President, Vietnamese American Community of Georgia (VAC)

Didi O'Connor
CFO, Makabayan Foundation

B.J. Pak
Georgia House of Representative
District 102

Sunny K. Park
CEO, General Building Maintenance
Board member, Georgia Port Authority

Bryan Ramos
Founder, Ramos Law Firm
VP, Phillipines American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia

Dr. Umpon Sangmalee
Thai Association World Center USA

Alex Wan
Member, Atlanta City Council
District 6

Mike Wang
Vice Chairman, Sino-USA Next Generation Foundation

Lani Wong
National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA)

Vern Yip
Interior Designer, Stylist, TV Personality