Who are the Most Influential AAPIs of 2019?

Gold House's A100 List honors the most impactful Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders in culture.

In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, Gold House has announced its second annual A100 List honoring the most influential Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders in American culture.

The 2019 List honors 100 of "the most esteemed and impactful Asians in media and entertainment, fashion and lifestyle, technology, business, and social activism and politics from the past year," according to Gold House's press release. "These trailblazers are illuminating the path to a future of more inclusion and diverse impact in high positions across various professional sectors."

This year's honorees include creative voices and athletes such as Awkwafina, BTS, Darren Criss, Hasan Minhaj, Marie Kondo, Jon M. Chu, Naomi Osaka, and Sandra Oh; founders and entrepreneurs such as Rise CEO & Founder Amanda Nguyen, chef David Chang and Twitch Co-Founder Kevin Lin; and leaders such as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen, and Allure Editor-in-Chief Michelle Lee.

Additionally, for the first time, Gold House is launching the A1, a vote among the A100 for the single most impactful Asian in culture from the last year. Votes may be submitted at goldhouse.org/a1 until May 15; the A1 will be announced at the end of May.

Here's the list of this year's honorees:

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Toro y Moi performs at NPR’s Tiny Desk

Artist offers four stripped down tracks from 'Outer Peace.'

Chaz Bear, who performs as Toro y Moi, is the latest artist to drop by and perform for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, treating fans to four stripped down tracks from his acclaimed record Outer Peace. Peeling away the heavy auto-tune and electronic effects of the record, Toro y Moi offers acoustic versions of "Laws of the Universe,' "New House," "Freelance" and "Ordinary Pleasure."

Check it out:

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Netflix teams with Jon M. Chu for Thai cave rescue project

Jon M. Chu and Nattawut "Baz" Poonpiriya will direct the story of the 2018 Thai soccer team cave rescue.

Netflix is teaming up with SK Global Entertainment and directors Jon M. Chu and Nattawut "Baz" Poonpiriya to tell the story of last year's dramatic rescue of a boys' soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Netflix & ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Team Pact For Thai Cave Story

The project will tell the true story of how twelve boys and their soccer coach were rescued after being trapped for two weeks inside of the flooded Tham Luang caves near Chiang Mai, Thailand during the summer of 2018.

The project's format is unclear, but The Hollywood Reporter indicates that it's expected to be a miniseries.

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Are you ready for your child’s school year after divorce?

Navigating your child’s school year after divorce in California can be tricky. Luckily, there are a few ways to make this transition easier. Forbes offers key insights to maintain a smooth school year in an environment of two households.

One suggestion is to actively involve your child in the planning. Ask your child to assess his or her goals for the year. Encourage your child to share the goals with both parents so everyone is on the same page. If your child is old enough, you may want to include him or her in the financial aspects of extra activities, such as tracking the expenses or helping pay for them as an opportunity to teach responsibility. When it comes to homework, you will not be able to control what happens in the other home, but you can help your child find a strategy that works for him or her and can be implemented regardless of where he or she is staying.

Another idea to keep things on track is to align with the other parent on the aforementioned goals and extra expenses. It can be difficult to find common ground with your former spouse in some circumstances, but it is helpful for continuity during your child’s school year. For example, figure out costs that may come up during the year that are not covered by the settlement agreement, such as social events or school trips. The year will run smoother if you agree ahead of time who will be financially responsible for these items.

While a school year that involves two homes can be more complex, there are ways to overcome potential roadblocks ahead of time. A little planning goes a long way toward setting your child up for success. Keep your child’s goals and extra expenses in mind from the outset and the school year will be easier for everyone.

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