The AT&T New GenerAsian campaign is encouraging Asian American Millennials to share their unique stories, while tearing down age-old stereotypes. As part of the campaign, we turned to our own family of employees for their unique stories.
By Jason Chan
Jason Chan spends most of his days rubbing shoulders with Asian community leadership. It’s safe to say that he is in charge of spreading good will for AT&T and ensuring that our external relationships are solid. He is director of external affairs with a special emphasis on bridge building in the Asian segment. We talked to him about what it means to be Asian American and his views on success.
What does being an Asian American mean to you?
Being “Asian” and being “American” are equally important words when I describe the pride I feel for my upbringing. I was born in Manila and have fond memories of my childhood there, but I am so proud to have become an American at age 9 when I immigrated to California. My pride in being Asian American inspires me to give back to my community.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
I am energetic, determined and tactical.
What does success look like to you?
To me, success is a journey more than it is a destination. The most important thing about success is enjoying what I do and being motivated to go the extra mile, not for money, but to stay accountable to my own goals and expectations.
If you could give your younger self some professional advice, what would it be?
I wish someone had told me that there is no task too small to take pride in, and no goal too large to work toward.
Jason Chan, Director, External Affairs at AT&T