AAPI Heritage Heroes

About the Program

AAPI Heritage Heroes was a special created by the hands of our community, for our community, by The Asian American Foundation. TAAF AAPI Heritage Heroes is a creative, inspiring program that centers six heroes from our diverse community and shares the stories of their work, their world and their wish for the future of our people. 

In six short films, each directed by inspiring AAPI auteurs, we’ll dive into the world of the honoree, exploring not only their contributions, but the AAPI culture that made them. Woven together by celebrity presenters, comedy musical performances, the TAAF AAPI Heritage Heroes special will be a celebration of the ‘everyday extraordinary’ heroes in our lives. Heritage Heroes are people who illuminate the world. They power our communities and light the way forward. These are the people who face the darkness and just say, no. 

If you’d like to nominate a hero or suggest a director please email info@taaf.org.

AAPI Heritage heroes

Heritage Heroes is on Hulu

Our Heritage Heroes special celebrates unsung AAPI organizers, activists, and community leaders in a dynamic program spotlighting their remarkable stories.

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With Special Appearances By:

Ian Alexander

Ella Jay Basco

Miya Cech

Nathan Chen

Sherry Cola

Auli'i Cravalho

Manish Dayal

Chelsea Handler

Jeannie Mai Jenkins

MC Jin

Daniel Dae Kim

Liza Koshy

Lisa Ling

Simu Liu

Chella Man

Sunita Mani

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Leo Sheng

Jay Shetty

Gloria Steinem

Karrueche Tran

Rain Valdez

Ming-Na Wen

Michelle Zauner

Meet the Heroes

Thank You to Our Sponsors

program sponsors
Production team & Crew

Executive Producers

  • Kristen Wong
  • Brad Jenkins
  • Saj Patel

Co-Executive Producers

  • Neha Patel
  • Melvin Mar
  • Dan Mansour


  • Elle Kurata

Consulting Producers

  • Niki Ang
  • Sam Boyer
  • Todd Yasui

Associate Producer

  • Arya Govil

Executive Producers for FutureFriends

  • Chase Simonds
  • James Merryman

Directed by

  • Dyan Jong

Segment Director

  • Dan Mansour

First Assistant Director

  • Maria Astorga