Kennesaw State professor among Georgia’s most influential Asian-Americans


May Gao


Georgia Asian Times has named May Gao, coordinator of Asian Studies and associate professor of communications, one of state’s 25 “Most Influential Asian-Americans.” 

The awards, which honor Asian-Americans who made an impact in arts, business, government, politics, social work, education, judiciary, and areas that influence every aspect of Georgian’s daily life, were presented at a ceremony in Norcross this month.

Gao was cited for her role as founder and chair of the Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO), the South’s largest Asia business conference. SAUPO brings together prominent business leaders, scholars, policy-makers, non-governmental decision makers and diplomats to exchange information and network. 

The honorees were picked by a selection committee whose members are active in the Asian-Pacific community and GAT editorial staff.

In addition, Gao has been recognized by the White House Initiative on Asian-American and Pacific Islanders and the Asian Heritage Foundation for her work in promoting Asian investment in the U.S. and enhancing education about Asia for students and the community.  At the 2013 SAUPO gathering, Gao presented her recently published research on Home Depot’s failed retail and marketing experience in China.