Jason Wu, Co-Chair
Jason has been part of GAPIMNY’s Steering Committee since 2015, and is excited to organize with GAPIMNY members towards collective liberation. He was born and raised in NY and previously lived in Los Angeles. They currently work in civil legal services fighting gentrification and displacement of low income communities of color. Their writing on race, intersectionality, and social movements can be found on Truthout, Gotham Gazette, New York Daily News and other publications. Jason Wu | Truthout
Ryan Shen, Co-Chair
Ryan Shen has been part of the Steering Committee since 2013. He was born and raised in NYC but lived apart from his family after college to explore his gender identity. He believes all important things are political and good education will show that collective struggle is the only way to liberation. Ironically, he still hates conflicts and will avoid difficult conversations like you would expect from a Pisces.
Jason Kwong, Co-Chair
Jason joined the Steering Committee in 2009 and has served as Co-Chair and Health and Communications Chairs. Before moving to New York, he worked with the queer API community at A&PI Wellness Center and Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) in San Francisco, CA. He works in public health conducting health care research and policy. He has been helping organize Poongmul Movement Builders, a queer API Korean drumming group, since 2012. He is also a part of Asian American Impact Fund, a New York giving circle. During the summer, you can find him around Flushing training with his dragon boat team.
Kevin Chen, Communications Chair (he/him/his)
Kevin joined GAPIMNY in 2016. He grew up in the Hudson Valley before moving to the NYC area after college. He enjoys learning languages (10 and counting), running (finished his first half marathon in 2021), sourdough baking, and songwriting. He is the chairperson for the Asian American Impact Fund Giving Circle.
Liam Yung, Co-Social Chair
Liam is a native New Yorker. He joined GAPIMNY in 2010 and also shows his dedication to the Asian American community by serving on the steering committee of API Rainbow Parents, a unit of PFLAG NYC geared towards parents of Asian LGBTQIA children. Liam studied finance at Baruch college. In his spare time he organizes many QTAPI nightlife events.
Bryan Joon, Co-Social Chair (he/him/his)
Bryan has been part of the GAPIMNY Steering Committee since 2022. Born in Korea and raised in Connecticut, Bryan has been a resident of New York City since 2006. He currently works in public health providing education on HIV Treatment and Prevention including PrEP and PEP. In his spare time Bryan enjoys hot wings, cold drinks, warm bubble baths, Drag Race, and music by the legend Mariah Carey.
Patrick Lee, Member-at-Large
Patrick is a queer Korean American filmmaker, writer, and community organizer. He’s made films about Asian American coming out stories, LGBTQ self-representation, and queer Asian history. In 2018, he helped organize KQTcon, the first national gathering of queer and trans people of Korean descent in the U.S. He likes eating sweet potatoes.