Panelist Profile

 

Simon Tam

“The Slants” , Bass player (US)

 

Simon Tam is an author, musician, and activist.

He has been a performer and presenter at TEDx, SXSW, The U.S. Department of Defense, and over 1,200 other events across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has set a world record by appearing on the TEDx stage 12 times.

He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His work in the arts has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across 200 countries and territories, including BBC, NPR, TIME Magazine, and Rolling Stone. He was called a champion of diverse issues by the White House and worked with President Barack Obama on a campaign to fight bullying. He recently helped expand freedom of speech through winning a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of the United States for a landmark case in constitutional and trademark law (Matal v. Tam).

Recently, he was 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 serves as board chair for the APANO United Communities Fund.

You can find Simon's appearances, writing, and current projects at www.simontam.org