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TV personality Billy Dec joined Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month event

​We learned about the celebrity’s career, were encouraged, and discovered how to support the AAPI community.

Maybe you’ve seen Billy Dec on NBC’s TODAY Show, featured on the TV shows, “Criminal Minds” and “Empire,” hosting the PBS documentary “Food Roots,” tuned in to his podcast, “The Meal of Your Life” or eaten at his restaurant, Sunda New Asian, in Chicago or Nashville. As a two-time Emmy Award Winner, Dec is a Filipino American entrepreneur, actor, TV personality, and attorney. 

Dec is also an advocate for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he’s part of The White House AAPI Bullying Prevention Task Force.

As a philanthropist, (When does Billy Dec sleep?) he supports One Step Camp, a children’s oncology camp through Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., Make-A-Wish, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and has participated in ACS’ very own Taste of Hope fundraiser in Chicago. Dec was raised by his grandmother, his Lola, and supports ACS in her memory.

On Thursday, May 18, celebrity Billy Dec, in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, shares with ACS team members and volunteers his experiences and insights on the importance of increased representation for AAPI communities in film, television, and other media. He also emphasized the role of food in celebrating and preserving AAPI heritage and culture. Additionally, as a successful entrepreneur, he discussed his own journey and provided advice on how to advance your career and as one who supports various nonprofits and social initiatives, Dec inspired attendees by encouraging them to get involved in activities that uplift others.  

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