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The Asian American Journalists Association was founded in 1981 by a small group of journalists who felt a need to support one another and to encourage more Asian American and Pacific Islanders to pursue journalism.

As a nonprofit educational organization with more than 1,700 members in 21 chapters across the U.S. and Asia, AAJA has a growing number of members working throughout Asia — in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, the Philippines and Bangladesh — which underscores the rapid growth of media properties in Asia and points the way to future expansion of the organization.

Close to one-third of AAJA’s members are students, attesting to the organization’s emphasis on bringing young people into the news business.

– To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.
– To provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.
– To provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access.
– To research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.

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