About AAJA New England

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,600 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry.

Our mission is four-fold:

  • To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.
  • To provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.
  • To provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access.
  • To research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.

AAJA New England chapter has provided resources to students and professional journalists and service to the community of New England’s 6 states — states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The New England chapter typically has about 50 members.

2017 Chapter Board Members:


  • Daigo Fujiwara, WBUR

National Board Representative

  • Joy Lim Nakrin, NECN/NBC Boston


  • Young Jin Kim, NECN/NBC Boston


  • Dolores Kong

Vice President of Community Outreach/Engagement

  • Sangita Lee Chandra, Chronicle/WCVB

Vice President of Professional Development and Student Programs

  • Cindy Atoji Keene

Vice President of Photography

  • Susan Choi

Vice President of Programing

  • Phil Marcelo, Associated Press

Vice President of Membership

  • Ben Watanabe, NESN
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