ABOUT ASIAN CREATIVE FESTIVAL
WITH THE SUPPORT OF HUNDREDS OF VENDORS, PARTNERS, AND SPONSORS
AAPI Creatives and Entrepreneurs brings together AAPI creatives and small businesses to amplify their voices and impact.
Brooklyn’s vibrant creative hub along the scenic waterfront of Sunset Park. The location partner and host of the 2023 Asian Creative Festival.
Asian Creative Foundation is a place where we provide help entry-level creatives navigate their careers, and break into the industry.
Goldyn Specs is a modern eyewear brand featuring lightweight classic frames.
Sharing authentic expressions of the Asian American & Pacific Islander experience through film, media, and education.
A filipinx owned mochi based online dessert shop founded in summer of 2019 by Kert Lasdoce and Aaron Ortega and Rivy-Major Oponda.
Cali & Dana is a young, ambitious brand ready to design life’s essentials for the modern woman. Our design philosophy is about the fit, but always making it fashion.
Sad Boiz Co. is a jewelry and dorm decor shop started by one of the founders of ACE Pop Up
NYC-based fashion brand that helps people break boundaries in fashion, and feel more confident in themselves.
Empowering Asian creatives by providing an inclusive, global platform and resources for active community building, collaboration, and growth.
Mixed Asian Media focused on sharing stories and celebrating mixed API's.
CREATIVE TALK HOSTS
Rich Tu is a first generation Filipino-American and award-winning designer and artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. He is the host of the Webby Honoree podcast First Generation Burden, which focuses on intersectionality and diversity within the creative industry, and is the co-founder of the COLORFUL grant with the One Club, dedicated to creating opportunities for early stage BIPOC creatives.
Steven Wakabayashi is a queer first-generation Taiwanese and Japanese-American based in New York City. He is currently creating pathways for queer BIPOC creatives into the design industry through QTBIPOC Design, creating safe spaces for BIPOC communities within mindfulness through Mindful Sights, and designing equitable products and experiences for clients with his creative agency Stranger Creative.
CREATIVE TALK SPEAKERS
Chinese-born artist Zipeng Zhu, based in NYC, works with renowned clients such as Apple, Adidas, and Netflix. An award-winning art director, designer, illustrator, and animator, he has been recognized by Art Directors Club Young Guns 13, Print magazine, and The One Show Young Ones. Zhu's work has been exhibited globally in major museums and institutions. He now operates Dazzle Studio and Dazzle Supply, taking his creative endeavors further.
Eric K.T. Lau, a multifaceted Hong Kongese-American creative director and photographic fine artist, leads the creative department at sparks & honey. With experience at TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Mcgarrybowen, his campaigns for major brands earned him recognition from Clios, Cannes, and ADC. An accomplished photographer, his work has been exhibited worldwide, and he teaches at prestigious design schools. Lau also co-founded MEC watch and is an overlander with over 1 million views on his vlogs.
Awarded as one of the most "Inspiring Women" by Campaign Magazine, Jenny Huang is a concert pianist, brand marketer, DEI leader, and public speaker. She is an experienced marketing and communications trailblazer working with Fortune 500 Clients. She currently leads corporate brand marketing and communications at BBDO and serves as the Global Culture Lead for Omnicom's Asian Leaders Circle. Jenny brings a unique blend of creativity, strategy, and empathy to her multi-faceted career and champions a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry.
Sally Chung (she/her) is a start-up designer, entrepreneur, and educator. Sally started her career as a founding member of Saks Fifth Avenue’s digital design team and eventually co-founded a beauty artificial intelligence start-up called HelloAva. Currently, Sally advises and works with Fortune 100 companies in design-led innovation at Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, teaches interaction design at School of Visual Arts, and mentors at NYU Stern’s Entrepreneurship program. She is passionate about applying human-centered design to incubate and scale start-ups. She holds a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design.
Kim Thai is an Emmy-winning producer, writer, social justice advocate, and mindfulness teacher. With personal essays published in renowned outlets and appearances on MTV News and podcasts, she founded GaneshSpace to create healing spaces for historically excluded communities and promote social justice education. A student in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition, Kim, as a queer Asian woman, aims to empower people with liberatory practices for joyful living.
Phim Her (she/her) is the founder of HAWJ Studio, a multidisciplinary design, strategy and life coaching studio. Her previous work incarnations include being a senior product marketing manager and a global marketing solutions manager at The Washington Post, a senior designer at POLITICO and co-chair of AIGA National's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.She has spoken for the United Nation's Global People's Summit, the AIGA National Conference, the Embassy of Italy and the OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates.
So A Ryu is a Designer, Illustrator & Creative Director specializing in illustrative storytelling.
She is a generalist who believes that every medium harnesses the power to create a multi-sensoral experience. So A designs in details rooted in human interaction and experience.
She particularly finds influence from work that challenges the traditional sense of design: beyond the grid and the ocularcentric world.
11am - 5pm
AAPI Markets by ACE
4pm - 6pm
Day 1 by Rich Tu : Your Whole Self: Letting Identity Take the Lead (presented by First Generation Burden Podcast)
630pm - 8 pm
AAPI Film Screening by Mixed Asian Media
10pm - 12pm
Afterparty by Asian Creative Network
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