As Anti-Asian Bullying and Hate Continues, Act To Change Strengthens Alliances with Hollywood, Journalism, and Business
TV stars Tan France and Hudson Yang and powerhouses Michelle Lee, Bing Chen, and Philip Chung join Anti-Bullying Nonprofit’s Advisory Council
As COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the United States, so have reports of racist attacks against people of Asian descent. At this critical time, anti-bullying nonprofit Act To Change is pleased to announce an expansion to its Advisory Council, forging stronger ties to Hollywood, journalism, and business with new members:
- Tan France, TV Personality
- Hudson Yang, Actor (Fresh Off the Boat)
- Michelle Lee, Editor in Chief, Allure
- Bing Chen, Chairman, Gold House & General Partner, AUM Group
- Philip W. Chung, Creative Director, YOMYOMF
Act To Change, which became a nonprofit in 2018, aims to end bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. It is co-founded by actor, activist, and children’s book author (The Best At It) Maulik Pancholy. Act To Change originally launched as a public awareness campaign from President Obama’s White House Initiative on AAPIs.
“We are so honored to have this slate of all-stars join Act To Change’s Advisory Council,” says Pancholy. “Each new member brings unique value and tremendous passion to the organization, and we look forward to working together to continue our movement to ensure all Asian American and Pacific Islander youth feel safe and proud of who they are.”
All of the newest Advisory Council members actively participated in Act To Change’s recent AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate on May 18, which garnered participation from more than a dozen cities and nearly 200 organizations throughout the country. The day commemorated Vincent Chin’s birthday and called for communities to take a stand against bullying and hate.
To provide support for AAPI students, caregivers, and educators during the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes amid COVID-19, Act To Change launched its COVID-19 Convos series in the spring. In June, Act To Change hosted Solidarity Convos to discuss how AAPIs can support the Black Live Matter movement and Pride Convos to explore intersectional identities and the connection between Pride Month and Black Lives Matter.
Act To Change continues to collaborate with celebrities, research groups, and leaders across all sectors to grow awareness about the need for bullying prevention.
More on the new Advisory Council members:
- Tan France has been a successful fashion designer behind-the-scenes for over 15 years and became a breakout star following the launch of the Emmy-winning reboot of the reality makeover series “Queer Eye” in 2018.
- Hudson Yang, named by Variety, The Wrap and other publications as a rising star to watch in young Hollywood, spent six years as irrepressible protagonist Eddie on ABC’s historic Asian American family sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat”.
- Michelle Lee is the Editor in Chief of Allure. Since taking the helm in 2015, Lee has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty.
- Bing Chen is an entrepreneur, creator, and an equalization builder. He is Chairman and Co-founder of Gold House, the largest collective of pioneering leaders dedicated to forging stronger bonds that enhance Asian representation and success. He is also General Partner and Co-founder of AUM Group, a multicultural film fund.
- Philip W. Chung oversees the creative content for YOMYOMF, director Justin Lin’s (Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious franchise) Asian American-centric digital company, and has worked in various capacities in film, TV, theater and digital.