Board Members 2019-2020
AAJA-Asia board members are selected through a chapter-wide nomination and voting process. Board members serve a two-year term.
K. Oanh Ha, AAJA-Asia President
K. Oanh Ha oversees Asia coverage of consumer and healthcare news for Bloomberg. She joined the news organization in 2010 as Vietnam bureau chief. Before joining Bloomberg, she worked as a host and reporter for KQED Public Radio in San Francisco on its nationally-syndicated program, Pacific Time, examining the connections between Asia, the U.S. and Asian American issues. She’s also reported for the San Jose Mercury News, covering Asia Pacific affairs, technology and small businesses. She was born in Vietnam and grew up in California.
Zela Chin, Executive Vice-President
An award-winning journalist, Zela is the principal reporter for the weekly, prime-time documentary program Pearl Magazine on TVB, the largest broadcaster in Hong Kong. Prior to launching Pearl Magazine, she was a reporter with TVB’s business feature program, Money Magazine. TVB shows reach 2.3 million households in the city, and over 300 million households worldwide.
Zela started her career at CNN headquarters in the U.S. and later joined CNN in Hong Kong to produce Talk Asia. Highlights include interviews with Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, scientist Stephen Hawking and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.
Tom Benner, Vice-President, Singapore and Southeast Asia
Tom Benner is a Singapore-based journalist. He writes news stories for Al Jazeera English, columns for Mainichi Shimbun’s bilingual news magazine Mainichi Weekly, and works as a copy editor and fact-checker at Forbes Asia. He has served as editor of N3Magazine, the official publication of N3Conference. He became an elected board member of the Singapore Press Club in 2013 and joined the AAJA-Asia board in 2019. Before relocating to Singapore from Boston, Mass., in 2012, Tom worked in the US as a statehouse bureau chief, editorial writer, and editor of a street paper.
Kari Soo Lindberg, co Vice-President, Hong Kong
Kari Soo Lindberg is a former nutritionist turned journalist. She previously reported on indigenous textile rights in Guatemala and the American prison system as a freelance journalist. She now works at Bloomberg in Hong Kong. She plans to move to South American within the next decade to cover the Chinese investments in the region. She loves meeting new people and can be reached at @Karisoo1 on Twitter.
Rebecca Isjwara, co Vice-President, Hong Kong
Rebecca Isjwara is a reporter with Hong Kong-based trade publication Asian Private Banker, covering for all things tech — spanning from daily coverage responsibilities to chairing the annual technology awards. She currently serves as the co-vice president Hong Kong for the Asian American Journalists Association – Asia (AAJA-Asia), where she champions journalism through workshops, events, and annual conferences. She also volunteers as the marketing manager for TEDxWanChai and events coordinator for the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.
Rebecca graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a BBA in Global Business and Finance. In her free time, she loves to brew a good cup of coffee and delve into third culture literary works.
Carina Lee, co Vice-President, Seoul
Carina Lee is an assistant programmer at A+E Networks. She develops programming strategy in the Korea market for the History and Lifetime channels, both of which launched in 2017. Previously she was the affiliate sales coordinator at Discovery Networks as she distributed Discovery channels across TV platforms in Korea. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before her first career with Discovery, she has interned at CBS (WBZ-TV) and the Associated Press.
Jihye Lee, co Vice-President, Seoul
Shoko Oda, co Vice-President, Tokyo
Shoko Oda is an equities reporter for Bloomberg News in Tokyo. She covers the Japanese stock market and its inner workings. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a student at the University of Southern California, where she majored in International Relations and East Asian Area Studies. When she’s not reporting, she’s out running in the nooks and crannies of Tokyo.
Marika Katanuma, co Vice-President, Tokyo
Marika is responsible for spearheading Bloomberg Japan’s digital growth, as the regions Digital News Editor. Her multifaceted role convenes optimization across all digital medium channels, editorial production and assisting newsroom with valuable insights. Prior to Bloomberg, Marika spent 3 years studying Mass Communications and Sociology in Virginia and Boston and subsequently began her career at Yahoo! JAPAN in 2016. Twitter:@MarikaKatanuma
Soo Min Oh, Treasurer
Soo Min Oh is a former US-based investigative journalist who has written and reported for Fortune magazine, Time Inc., NPR, The Village Voice, and has worked on longform reporting and book projects. Her political reporting was included in Wayne Barrett’s investigative biography (published by Crown Publishing Group) of Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York and now attorney to US President Donald Trump. She also was research/editorial assistant to biographer Eleanor Dwight on the authorized biography (published by HarperCollins) of Diana Vreeland, the legendary late editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and special consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Ms. Oh currently is a specialist for the Hyundai Group, where she works in global human resources development with the corporation’s key partners that include Fortune 500 companies. She is a lecturer at Yonsei University. A native of Philadelphia, Soo Min has lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles, where she worked in acquisitions and operations for private and nonprofit hospitals and health care companies in Southern California. She has a degree in Economics and Mathematics.
Mark Zastrow, Secretary
Mark Zastrow is a science writer based in Seoul. He’s written for Nature, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, NOVA Next, Retraction Watch, and other outlets. He co-edits Back of the Envelope, the science section of the literary magazine The Offing. He is also a board member of the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and co-vice president of its Seoul subchapter.
He received his bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from the University of Minnesota and masters degrees in astronomy and science journalism from Boston University. He is currently a full-time freelancer, photographer, licensed pilot, and devout Formula 1 fan.
Angie Lau, At-Large Board Member
Angie Lau is Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Founder of Forkast.News. She is an award-winning veteran journalist who interviews newsmakers, CEOs, and icons, including the exclusive with Li Ka-shing — his first television one-on-one in more than a decade. Angie is a respected thought leader in blockchain technology, having been featured in Vogue Hong Kong’s May, 2019 issue: “Power of Next” for her leadership in media covering blockchain for a global audience. Angie speaks at conferences around the world, including the Forbes Summit, Binance Blockchain Week, Paris Blockchain Week Summit, Asia Blockchain Summit, and many others.
Before founding Forkast in July 2018, Angie anchored Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show “First Up with Angie Lau” broadcast globally into 350 million homes, offices and trading floors. Angie’s TED Talk “I Am Not Supposed to Be Here” is now a TED Ed Lesson for its global audience of 6.7 million followers.
Angie is a director on the Executive Committee Canadian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, and is a former two-term President and now senior board member of Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter. She is a valued past Correspondent Board Governor at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong, and also serves on the advisory board for Journalism Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.
Grace Lee, At-Large Board Member
Grace is the Tokyo Correspondent for Feature Story News, an international broadcast news agency based in the United States. She provides coverage for TV and radio stations around the world. At the moment she’s in Hong Kong, covering the city’s months-long protests. Before joining FSN she was a reporter/producer for Reuters, where she told stories across Asia – with a focus on news out of North Korea. Prior to that, she was a local journalist at CTV News in Vancouver, Canada. You can follow her on Twitter at @graceleenews.
Yuri Nagano, National Board Representative
Yuri Nagano has been reporting from California and Tokyo for the last two decades. She has been a reporter, producer and editor in print and broadcast for news organizations including the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, International New York Times, a Financial Times-related publication, Bloomberg BNA, The Economist, public broadcaster KQED and Public Radio International. She started her career as a staff producer for Japan’s public broadcasting network NHK, where she won awards for her TV programs. She has served as a board member for AAJA-Asia since 2010. She enjoys hiking and practicing yoga in her free time. Follow her on Twitter @yurinagano
Sheryl Lee, Student Representative
Sheryl Lee is a senior at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has interned at Bloomberg in Hong Kong and the Straits Times in Singapore. Her term as student representative to the AAJA-Asia board runs to her graduation in May 2020.
AAJA-Asia would also like to express its heartfelt gratitude to all its former board members who greatly contributed to shape this Chapter into the unique organization it is today. Their names can be found here.