The first Asian American ever elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board was Viet Thanh Nguyen. His achievement was groundbreaking — the first Asian American voting member on the final panel that chooses Pulitzer Prize winners. But he remains alone. Nguyen’s election came only in 2020, more than a century after the Pulitzer Prizes were first awarded, honoring the best in journalism, literature and the arts. Nearly two years later, Nguyen remains the only Asian American in that room.
The lack of Asian language services offered in the American healthcare system has forced younger family members to shoulder the burden of navigating an often labyrinthine system.