V3con Honors Actor Randall Park, Yahoo Style's Joe Zee and Buzzfeed's Publisher Dao Nguyen

Suzanne Kai

Update: Tickets are available now to the 2016 V3con Digital Media Conference!

2016 Honorees are: John Cho, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Phil Yu

Save the date! June 24-25, 2016 

Japanese American National Museum 

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles

by Suzanne Joe Kai, board member

AC - DAO NGUYEN BUZZFEED - AAJA-LAPhoto: Dao Nguyen Publisher, Buzzfeed

The fourth annual V3con, presented this Friday evening and all-day Saturday by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, recognizes the “Vision. Visibility. Voice.” of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in digital and social media. An awards reception will take place Friday evening June 26, 2015 and an all day conference the following day June 27 with a full schedule of panels and workshops at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. 

Honorees recognized at this year's awards reception Friday evening are Dao Nguyen, the publisher of Buzzfeed (photo), actor Randall Park of ABC TV's “Fresh Off the Boat,” and Joe Zee, Yahoo Style Editor in Chief.

More than 500 attendees from around the nation and Canada are expected to participate in the events this year. The packed day of seminars on Saturday boasts a wide range of interests. Here are a few highlights:

A morning session includes a workshop on the tools and best practises of podcasting led by podcast writers and producers Tanzila Ahmed, Host, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast; Ann Friedman, Co-host, Call your Girlfriend; and Andrew Ti, Creator, Yo, Is This Racist?

A seminar on covering emerging communities will be led by panelists Amna Nawaz, Managing Editor, NBC News Asian America; Suevon Lee, Editor in Chief, KoreAmJournal; and Anh Do, Los Angeles Times.

Two writing coaches will host training sessions. Steve Padilla, assistant national editor at the Los Angeles Times, will give tips on how to write better. Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, The Dallas Morning News will coach writers and storytellers on how to get to the heart of a story. 

AC - JOE ZEE V3CON 2015ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor David Ono, a board member of, will host a conversation with two executives who have broken the glass ceiling, Jeanne Mau, Vice President, CBS Diversity and Joe Zee, Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer, Yahoo Style. 

Grassroots groups have been able to harness the power of social media to mobilize worldwide - from #Occupy to #BlackLivesMatter. Gil Asakawa, blogger and manager of student media at the University of Colorado Boulder will host a conversation with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and founder of Dignity and Power Now. 

What is the future of experience and design on the screen and off? That is the topic on the panel with renowned designers Jinsoo An, Experience designer at Deutsch; Lily Mahalik, Designer at the Los Angeles TImes; and Amara Aguilar, designer and professor at Saddleback College.

The success of books such as Ms. Marvel and Silk have proven that Asian Americans can lead their own comic series.  Re-imagining the (Asian) superhero is the topic of a panel including artist/designer Bernard Chang, best known for his work in the comic book industry and entertainment design who currently draws BATMAN BEYOND for DC COMICS, comic book writer Jon Tsuei, Marissa Lee, co-founder,, and Keith Chow, founder/editor-in-chief, The Nerds of Color.

New livestreaming apps Meerkat and Periscope will be demonstrated in a workshop by Lia Haberman, Director of Audience Development for, and Gadi Schwartz, General assignment reporter, NBC4 Southern California.

AC - RANDALL PARK V3CON 2015Frances Kai-Hwa Wang a contributing writer to Asian American outlets such as NBC News Asian America will moderate a panel with bloggers Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man; Joz Wang,; and Grace Hwang Lynch, to discuss the state of blogging about

the Asian American community and share their experiences running their sites.

Tips on finance from invoicing for freelancers to how to make the most of your money will be offered by panelists including Medna Thiruvengadam, writer and editor at Yahoo Finance.

Co-anchor, KTLA Morning News and board member of Frank Buckley will moderate a panel on what it means to be multi-racial and how writers can better serve their communities. Panelists joining Frank include radio host riKu Matsuda with the LA County Commission on Human Relations, Sonia Smith-Kang designer/owner of Mixed Up Clothing a multiethnic children's clothing line, and Clayton Yeung, director of Community Alliances, Events & Engagement for Neilsen in Los Angeles.

Stand-up comedian Ali Wong who has performed on The Tonight Show, and is a writer on ABC's comedy "FRESH OFF THE BOAT" will host a conversation with Randall Park, one of the stars of "FRESH OFF THE BOAT," the first network televison show to focus on an Asian American family in 20 years. Check here for the full schedule of panels and workshops.

V3con is the only digital media conference centered on AAPI mainstream journalists, digital media journalists, bloggers and those interested in social media. The conference is an opportunity for those communicating on multiple digital platforms, including social media and blogs, and their audiences to interact, engage in person and inspire those who are interested in communicating online.

Online registration ends on Wednesday, June 24

The winner of this year's Vision Award, Buzzfeed publisher Dao Nguyen oversees the company's engineering, product, data and design teams. She previously served as chief executive of Le Monde Interactif in Paris. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She follows previous Vision Award winners Jeff Yang (2012), Roy Choi and Richard Lui (2013) and Ann Curry (2014).

In winning the 2015 Visibility Award, Randall Park joins a list of media personalities and artists who are helping Asian Americans become accepted as part of the mainstream popular culture. The past winners were David Choi and Lisa Ling (2012), Grace Lee Boggs (2013) and Jonathan Gold (2014).

Joe Zee, the editor in chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo Style, is the winner of the Voice Award, which honors a recipient who gives voice to Asian Americans and helps others find their voices. He follows Jocelyn “Joz” Wang (2012), Gil Asakawa (2013) and Judith Hill (2014).

Event Information

Opening Awards Reception
Friday, June 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

V3 Digital Media Conference
Saturday, June 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Details and updates:; Twitter: @v3con, #v3con.

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