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Dr. Ken Fong: Director, Producer and Host of Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast - AHN Top 50 Unsung Heroes 2021
February 16, 2021
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Ken is a third generation Chinese American from Sacramento, CA. After graduating from UC Berkeley (‘76) with a biology degree, he moved to Los Angeles, where he earned his M.Div. (‘81) and D.Min. (‘90) from Fuller Theological Seminary. He joined the pastoral staff of the Evergreen Baptist Church of LA in 1981. Over the span of his career, he has become widely recognized as a pioneer and innovator in Asian American ministries, a visionary leader in the broader AAPI community, and a fearless bridge-builder between churches and the LGBTQ+ communities. He has served on a number of non-profit boards, and, as the executive director, was instrumental in laying the foundation for Fuller’s Asian American Center. Shortly after retiring in 2017, Rep. Judy Chu awarded him the Certificate of Congressional Recognition as the community leader of the year in the West San Gabriel Valley. Two years later, KCET named him one of its ten “Local Heroes” of 2019.
In 2015, he co-launched Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast, a weekly show with a global audience that has been downloaded over 450,000 times. Recognizing the historic significance of his interviews with a myriad of AAPI culture-makers and -shapers, UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center will be archiving every episode. In 2020 the Asian Podcast Network awarded him the silver medal for “Best Episode of the Year,” and the Asian American Podcasters Association honored Ken with the first-ever “Golden Crane Award for Advancement and Achievement,” in recognition of his paving the way for many Asian American podcasters today.
He and Sharon have been married since 1981. They have one daughter, Janessa. They live in the picturesque foothill community of Sierra Madre, CA.
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