Invisible Ink: AAPI News Representation & How Philanthropy Can Strengthen It

Mon, May 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

"Invisible Ink: AAPI News Representation & How Philanthropy Can Strengthen It"

Monday, May 24th

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm ET / 11:00am - 12:30pm CT

10:00am - 11:30am MT / 9:00am - 10:30am PT

News media plays a strong role in shaping the perceptions of philanthropists, policymakers and the general public, so it is critical to explore the media’s portrayal of different communities. As such, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is releasing a new study focused on AAPI news representation, Invisible Ink: Asian American and Pacific Islander Representation in the Media.

To launch the report, AAPIP, the Pew Research Center and the Asian American Journalists Association invite you to our May 24th webinar, "Invisible Ink: AAPI News Representation & How Philanthropy Can Strengthen It." This webinar will present highlights from the AAPIP report to help grantmakers, journalists, researchers, advocates, and others gain a pre-pandemic snapshot of how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are portrayed in major newspapers and to what extent news media perpetuate the model minority narrative.

The webinar will also feature new research from Pew Research Center about the diversity of the Asian American population in the United States, with data on key demographic, economic, educational, work, and population characteristics from the latest available U.S. Census Bureau data.

Host Organizations:

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a professional membership association founded in 1981 by a group of AAPI journalists seeking to support one another and to encourage more AAPIs to pursue journalism. Today, AAJA continues to champion the development of AAPI representation and leadership in journalism through trainings, opportunities, and resources for their 1,800 members, as well as through nurturing and maintaining a network and community of AAPI journalists globally. 

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a justice-minded national philanthropic affinity group that has provided unique, irreplaceable community spaces for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, alongside people of color, LGBTQ people, and other allies in philanthropy. Established in 1990, AAPIP expands and mobilizes resources for AAPI communities, building democratic philanthropy in service to a vibrant and inclusive democracy. We work through an intersectional racial justice perspective that informs and motivates our work at the national level and regionally through a chapter network. 

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.


Nancy Chan, AAPIP Silicon Valley Steering Committee Member

Nancy launched and led the development of this report, Invisible Ink: Media Representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She currently is head of philanthropy for a family office, and previously led monitoring & evaluation for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Justice & Opportunity Initiative. She has more than 10 years of research experience from her work at the Urban Institute, SRI International, and Arabella Advisors. While at Arabella, she and a colleague published a Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “Eliminating Implicit Bias in Grantmaking Practice” and developed a checklist of recommendations for funders to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion principles into their processes, available at She holds a degree in electrical engineering from MIT and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown.

Lyle Matthew Kan, Interim VP of Programs, AAPIP

Lyle currently serves as both the Interim Vice President of Programs at Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and a Senior Fellow at CHANGE Philanthropy. He is best known for his reports and infographics on the scale and character of LGBTQ and AAPI grantmaking. He also leads the Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) work, which aims to help the philanthropic community better understand its workforce and leadership. He has spent the bulk of his philanthropic career working in LGBTQ philanthropy. As the Vice President of Research and Communications, he led the organization’s analysis of trends, gaps, and opportunities related to LGBTQ grantmaking, oversaw its communications and public policy work, and managed strategic partnerships. Prior to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Lyle led development and communications efforts at Stonewall Community Foundation. He holds a B.A. in individualized study from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an M.Sc. in political sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Neil Ruiz, Associate Director, Race and Ethnicity Research, Pew Research Center

Neil is associate director of race and ethnicity research at the Pew Research Center.  He has authored multiple pieces on Asian Americans, U.S. immigration, and global migration. Prior to joining the Center, Ruiz was the executive director of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at George Washington University, and he has also worked as a migration expert at the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He is a trained political economist with a PhD from MIT, master’s degree from Oxford University, and bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.


Jon Funabiki (Moderator) Emeritus Professor of Journalism, San Francisco State University 

Jon recently retired as a professor of journalism, capping a career spanning  education, philanthropy and the news media. After working as a foreign correspondent covering East and Southeast Asia, he launched a center on media and diversity at San Francisco State University. He was then recruited by the Ford Foundation to develop its global grant initiatives on journalism and freedom of expression. Returning to the university as a professor, he simultaneously founded Renaissance Journalism, an independent nonprofit that developed reporting projects on housing insecurity, equity issues in public schools, the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam and other social justice issues. Recently, the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored him with the Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. He also has been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center and a NEH Professional Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nicole Dungca, Senior Vice President, Asian American Journalists Association, and investigative reporter at The Washington Post

Nicole is a reporter in The Washington Post's investigative unit and the senior vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association. Before The Post, she was part of the Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, where she delved into topics such as racism in Boston, secret criminal hearings in Massachusetts, and the state's burgeoning cannabis industry. She has been recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prizes and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her work at The Globe. Dungca has also covered education at the Oregonian, and written for the Times-Picayune and Providence Journal. She is a Bay Area native, a graduate of Brown University and has been a leader in AAJA since 2009.

Amanda Kim, Communications Officer, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Amanda is the communications officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where she developed and oversees a media grantmaking program that focuses on gender and racial equity. With 10+ years of experience as a public information and community relations officer, Amanda has worked closely with ethnic media to expand access to government services. She has served on the board of the nonprofit East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, which serves a multilingual BIPOC audience. Amanda received her master of Urban Administration from San Francisco State University and bachelor of American Studies from Brown University. Amanda’s family has been doing agricultural work and tenant farming in California for four generations.

Erik Stegman, Executive Director, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Erik serves as Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a national organization advocating for stronger and more meaningful investments by the philanthropic sector in tribal communities. Previously, he served as the Executive Director for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. He has held positions at the Center for American Progress on their Poverty to Prosperity team, as Majority Staff Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and in the Obama administration as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. Erik began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center. He holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA’s Graduate Division, and a B.A. from Whittier College.