Asian American Journalists Association

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The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) was founded in 1981 by several Los Angeles-based Asian American journalists, including Tritia Toyota and Bill Sing[1], in order to support greater participation by Asian Americans in the news media. The first national president of the association was television journalist Lloyd LaCuesta.

Its goals are:

  • To encourage Asian Pacific Americans to enter the ranks of journalism
  • To work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Pacific Americans
  • To increase the number of Asian Pacific American journalists and news managers in the industry.

AAJA is a nonprofit organization. Its national office is based in San Francisco, California. It has 20 chapters in the United States and Asia,[2] with over 1,600 members.[3] There are four different chapters in California alone—Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Sacramento. In addition to Los Angeles, the largest chapters are New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Members span the globe from Paris to Bangladesh.

The diverse membership includes broadcast anchors, reporters, producers, writers, and videographers; print editors, columnists, reporters, and photojournalists; and online editors and contributors. The membership also consists of many associates in business and public relations sectors.

AAJA is one of the founding organizations[1] and a partner organization of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.


  1. ^ a b Ng, Franklin (1995). The Asian American encyclopedia. Marshall Cavendish. ISBN 1854356771. OCLC 30915843.
  2. ^ "Learn More About AAJA Chapters". May 2, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  3. ^ "What Makes AAJA Strong". August 8, 2012. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012.

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