Hayao Miyazaki smiling in front of a white background.

The APIs of the 2024 ‘Time’ 100

Check out all the amazing actors, leaders, innovators, and all-around-badasses that made it onto this year's list

Hayao Miyazaki

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With Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPI) right around the corner in May, it seems we are starting off strong with noteworthy representation from the just released Time 100 list from Time magazine. Of the 100, there are over 20 API individuals across six different categories: Artists, Icons, Titans, Leaders, Innovators and Pioneers.

JoySauce is here with a quick roundup of those extraordinary individuals. If there are some API legends you aren’t seeing, who knows? They could be on Gold House’s annual A100, which will be unveiled soon in May. If we could throw some names out for deserved accolades, we’d love to see Netflix film chairman Dan Lin, singer Laufey, and maybe all the small AA+PI business owners impacted by Momofuku’s cease and desist.

But for now, here are the standouts from the Time 100 announcement: 


Dev Patel standing at red carpet for movie Monkey Man

Dev Patel
Actor and director of Monkey Man

Alia Bhatt
Hindi film actor with English-language film debut in Heart of Stone


Motaz Azaiza talking to camera in a white room with photos.

Motaz Azaiza
Palestinian photojournalist bravely covering the genocide in Gaza

Sakshi Malik
India’s only female wrestler with an Olympic medal, activist against the Wrestling Federation of India, which was accused of sexual harassment toward women athletes

Hayao Miyazaki
Illustrious Japanese animator and creator of Academy award-winning film The Boy and The Heron

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
Sri-Lankan LGBTQ activist


Chizuko Ueno speaking at the University of Chicago

Chizuko Ueno
Sociologist, called “Japan’s best known feminist”

Wang Chuanfu
CEO of Chinese conglomerate company BYD

Satya Nadella
CEO of Microsoft


William Lai in a suit, speaking in an interview.

William Lai
President-elect of Taiwan

Narges Mohammadi
Iranian human rights activist

Rena Lee
Singapore's Ambassador for Oceans and Law of the Sea Issues

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos
President of the Philippines

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani
Prime minister of Qatar

Ajay Banga
President of the World Bank

Li Qiang
Premier of the People's Republic of China

Jigar Shah
Director of the Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy


Jensen Huang in a black jacket sitting in a chair.

Jensen Huang
Co-founder and CEO of Nvidia

Akiko Iwasaki
Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University

Katsuhiko Hayashi
Developmental geneticist at Osaka University

Marina Tabassum
Bangladeshi architect, who has built packable homes for flood victims


Asma Khan in a kitchen, wearing colorful clothes.

Asma Khan
Cookbook author and British restaurateur, making London a more inclusive place

Priyamvada Natarajan

Theoretical astrophysicist at Yale University

Published on April 18, 2024

Words by Daniel Anderson

Daniel Anderson is a disabled Chinese American adoptee based in Seattle. His freelance writing specialties include K-pop, entertainment, and food. He believes that any restaurant can be a buffet, and the key to success is to take a nap each day. Follow his adventures on Instagram @danzstan.