Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to blogger, activist, writer, social critic, and producer Phil Yu.
Born in Philadelphia in 1978, after Yu’s parents immigrated from Korea. Mr. Yu’s would soon relocate to California. He grew up in the Bay Area in the shadow of Silicon Vally. Phil Yu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University and earned an M.A. in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Yu worked at the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco, California, and he also worked as a content producer for Yahoo! Movies. He serves as a board member for the Los Angeles-based Visual Communications, the annual producers of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He is also an Executive Producer of the action/comedy web series Awesome Asian Bad Guys.
He is the winner of the 2016 Voice Award from the V3 Digital Media Conferences, presented by The AAJA. The 2012 Salute to Champions Award from the Japanese American Citizens League. The 2011 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in New Media from the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. The 2011 Public Image Award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the 2011 Excellence in Media Award from OCA-Greater Los Angeles.
Here is Phil Yu in his own words about creating a voice for those individuals who are usually overlooked:
It’s a delicate balance because I can’t devote my every waking hour to the blog. But I realized after grad school that running this blog and maintaining this voice is my calling. It’s my passion. It’s funny. In real life, I’m the last guy in the room to raise my hand. But technology has allowed people like me to have a voice. And if what I’m doing has helped create the confidence and sense of connection that’s allowed this next generation to be more comfortable in their own skin, if it’s just made that little bit of a difference, well, then, it’s all worth it.
Today we honor Phil Yu has our Evolved Man of the Week.