Bio

Simon Tam is an award-winning musician, author, entrepreneur, and social justice activist.

Simon has been a performer, presenter, and keynote at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, and over 1,200 other events across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has set a world record by appearing on the TEDx stage 10 times.

He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock and anti-racism band. His approach to activism through the arts has been highlighted in over 2,000 media features across 85 countries, including BBC World News, NPR, TIME Magazine, and Rolling Stone. His work has involved collaborations with President Barack Obama, George Takei, and Jeremy Lin through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to fight bullying.

Simon has been fighting a landmark case against the United States Trademark Office, which recently helped expand constitutional rights for marginalized communities. The case is now pending before the Supreme Court.

He designed one of the first college-accredited social media programs in the United States. Bloomberg Businessweek called him a “Social Media Rockstar.” Forbes says his resume is a “paragon of completeness.”

Recently, he recognized as a Freedom Fighter by the Roosevelt Rough Writers, named Citizen of the Year from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Portland Lodge, Portland Rising Star from the Light a Fire Awards, received a Distinguished Alum Award from Marylhurst University, and has earned 34 awards for his marketing campaigns work.

He is the Marketing Director for Oregon Environmental Council; on the board of directors for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Know Your City, Color of NOW, and the Cultural Resource Centers Advisory Council for Portland State University.

You can find Simon’s appearances, writing, and current projects at http://www.simontam.org

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