K-pop fandom, BLACKPINK named among 100 most impactful Asians of 2021

Published May 7, 2021, 10:28 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

BLACKPINK (YG Entertainment) 

The K-pop fandom and K-pop girl group BLACKPINK have been chosen as honorees of Gold House’s 2021 A100 List of the “most impactful Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders (APIs)” to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this month.

“This year, we honor both excellence in achievement and eminence in activism. In the face of hate, we fight back. We’re stronger than what meets us. And we’re still here,” according to the website.

The collective K-pop fandom has been chosen as honoree in the Activism, Advocacy and Politics category along with US Vice President Kamala Harris.

“K-Pop Fans Who Mass Mobilized for Social & Political Activism. Deriving inspiration from countless styles and genres of music, K-pop or Korean pop music has taken the world by storm and only continues to expand its reach. In 2020, K-Pop experienced a record-breaking year when it experienced a 44.8 percent growth and positioned itself as the fastest-growing major market of the year,” according to Gold House.

It added, “With fans from almost every country, the K-pop fandom as a whole has continued to use its influence for social good solely through the power of digital platforms. From raising money for charitable causes to quickly spreading the word on important issues, fans are no stranger to navigating the ups and downs of the Internet.”

BLACKPINK is an honoree under the Entertainment category along with artists like H.E.R. and Olivia Rodrigo.

“Blackpink is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted on August 8, 2016, with their single album Square One, which spawned “Whistle”, their first number-one song in South Korea, as well as “Boombayah”, their first number-one hit on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. With the group’s early commercial success, they were hailed as the New Artist of the Year at the 31st Golden Disc Awards and the 26th Seoul Music Awards,” according to Gold House.

It added, “The group is the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100 and most recently peaked at number 13 on those charts with “Ice Cream” in 2020. They are also the first and only K-pop girl group to enter and top Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart. They are also the first female K-pop group to have four number-one singles on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. Blackpink continues to shatter records with their music video views, streams, and fan engagement. They remain to be the number one most subscribed YouTube channel.”

Here are Gold House’s A100 List of the most impactful Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders (APIs) in 2021:

Activism, Advocacy and Politics

Kamala Harris – US. Vice President

Andy Kim – US Representative

Christine Chen – Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote

Connie Wun – Co-founder, AAPI Women Lead

Cynthia Choi, Manjusha Kulkarni and Dr. Russell Jeung – Co-founders, Stop AAPI Hate

K-Pop Fandom – K-pop fans who have mass mobilized for social and political activism

Business and Finance

Amrita Ahuja – Chief Financial Officer, Square

Alfred Lin – Partner, Sequoia Capital

Anne Chow – CEO, AT&T Business

Baiju Bhatt – Co-founder, Robinhood

Benjamin Ling – Founder and general partner, Bling Capital

Chi-Hua Chien and Eric Kim – Founders and manager partners, Goodwater Capital

Christine Tsai – CEO and founding partner, 500 Startups

Dhivya Suryadevara – Chief Financial Officer, Stripe

Garry Tan – Managing Partner, Initialized Capital

George Ruan – Co-founder, Honey

Kenneth Lin – Founder and CEO, Credit Karma

Manny Maceda – Worldwide Managing Partner, Bain & Company

Maya Chorengel – Co-Managing Partner, The Rise Fund | TPG

Minjae Ormes and Miguel Quiroga – CMO & CEO, Visible

Rick Yang – General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Wesley Chan – Managing Director, Felicis Ventures


Chloé Zhao – Oscar Best Director, “Nomadland”

Alice Wu – Writer, Director and Producer

Ally Maki – Actress and founder, Asian American Girl Club

Anderson .Paak – Grammy Award-winning Musician

Auli’i Cravalho – Actress

Bao Nguyen – Director and Producer

Bela Bajaria – Head of Global TV, Netflix

Blackpink – K-pop Artists

Bowen Yang – Comedian, Writer and Actor

Caroline Yim – Partner and co-head of Hip-Hop/R&B, WME

Christina Oh – Producer

Derek Hsu and Sean Miyashiro – President and CEO, 88Rising

Destin Daniel Cretton- Director

Eric Wong – President and CMO, Warner Recorded Music

Gemma Chan – Actress

H.E.R. – Grammy and Oscar Winning Musician

Ian Alexander – Actor

Jeannie Mai – Emmy-Award Winning Host & Activist

Joji – Musician

Kelly Marie Tran – Actor and Producer

Lee Isaac Chung – Writer and Director

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan and Richa Moorjani – Actresses

Olivia Munn – Actress and Activist

Olivia Rodrigo – Singer/Songwriter

Phillip Sun – Co-founder and managing partner, M88

Ramsey Naito- President, Nickelodeon Animation

Riz Ahmed – Actor, Rapper, Musician and Activist

Ronny Chieng – Comedian, Actor and Writer

Ryan Kaji – Kid Creator and Star, “Ryan’s World”

Saweetie – Rapper/Songwriter, Actress and Entrepreneur

Simu Liu – Actor, Author and Activist

Theresa Kang-Lowe – Founder and CEO, Blue Marble Pictures

Vivek J. Tiwary- Producer, Author and Founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group

Wendy Ong – President, TaP Music


Padma Lakshmi – Author, Host and Executive Producer

Andrew Toy – President and Chief Technology Officer, Clover Health

Cathy Park Hong – Author, “Minor Feelings”

Chetan Pungaliya, Gautam Golwala, Manish Chandra and Tracy Sun – Co-founders, Poshmark

Christine Ha – Chef, Author and Restaurateur

Dariush Ajami and Sanjay C. Shah – Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Beyond Meat

Jim Kwik – CEO, Kwik Brain & New York Times Best-Selling Author

Joanne Kwong – President, Pearl River Mart

Kruti Patel Goyal – Chief Product Officer, Etsy

Patrick Starr – Beauty Guru, YouTube Personality and ONE/SIZE Beauty Founder

Satish Mehta and Sumit Singh – CTO and CEO, Chewy

Shailesh G. Jejurikar – CEO, P&G Fabric and Home Care

Sonia Syngal – CEO, Gap Inc.

Vincent Kitirattragarn – Founder and CEO, Dang Foods

Media & Journalism

Benny Luo – Founder and CEO, NextShark

Carlo Katigbak – President and CEO, ABS-CBN Corp.

CeFaan Kim – Reporter, ABC7NY

Dion Lim – Anchor and Reporter, ABC7 KGO-TV

Helen Lin – Chief Digital Officer, Publicis Groupe

Kimmy Yam – Reporter, NBC Asian America

Michelle Ye Hee Lee – “Reporter, The Washington Post and president, Asian American Journalists Association”

Weijia Jiang – Senior White House Correspondent, CBS News

Sports and Health

Angela Hwang – Group President, Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group

Collin Morikawa – PGA Champion 2020

Dave Roberts – Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers

Erik Spoelstra – Head Coach, Miami Heat

Hisao Kushi and Yony Feng – Chief Legal Officer and CTO, Peloton

Kim Ng – General Manager, Miami Marlins

Shi Zhengli and Yong-Zhen Zhang – Chinese Virologists

Naomi Osaka – Tennis Champion

Weili Zhang – UFC Strawweight World Champion

Younghoe Koo – Kicker, Atlanta Falcons

Technology & Innovation

Allen Shim – Chief Financial Officer, Slack

Andy Fang, Stanley Tang and Tony Xu – Co-founders, Doordash

Anjali Sud – CEO, Vimeo

Deborah Liu – CEO, Ancestry

Eric S. Yuan – Founder and CEO, Zoom

Eric Wu – CEO & co-founder, Opendoor

Jen Wong – COO, Reddit

Marvin Chow – VP Global Marketing, Google

Melanie Perkins – CEO and co-founder, Canva

Miriam Warren and Vivek Patel – Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Product Officer, Yelp

Nick Tran – Head of Global Marketing, TikTok

Peter Tsai – Creator of N95 Mask