A Taste of Ginger 2021

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first virtual A Taste of Ginger event on Sunday, May 16. Together, we raised more than $215,000 for Joslin’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI). The funds raised at this annual event are critical in helping the AADI to achieve their 2021 goals and allows them to continue to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for Asian Americans living with diabetes.

A special thanks to our sponsors, donors, restaurant partners who helped make this event successful.

If you would like to make a gift to A Taste of Ginger and the AADI, click here.

Event Information

Co-Chairs: Huiming Guo and Shunee Yee

Culinary Chair: Bik Fung-Ng


  • Herb Capron
  • Nick Chau
  • Wesley Chen
  • Scott Chin
  • Brigid Delaney
  • Sera Evcimen
  • Om P. Ganda, MD
  • Qian Ge
  • Henry He, MD, PhD
  • Anthony Ho
  • Runhua Hou, MD
  • Diana E. King
  • George L. King, MD
  • Richard D. Lee
  • Mila Levinson
  • Nandan Padukone, PhD
  • Audrey H. Paek
  • Miin Irene Roh, MD
  • Shelby Stubbs 
  • Tiffany Su
  • Jennifer K. Sun, MD, MPH
  • Yu Wang
  • Leverett L. Wing
  • Connie S. Wong
  • Peng Yi, PhD






  • Anonymous 
  • Carol S. Chin
  • Scott Chin
  • Selina J. Chow
  • Fan Family Foundation

About the AADI

In response to the rising rates of diabetes in the Asian American population and the lack of culturally relevant research, clinical care, and education, Joslin Research Director George L. King, MD, and supporters of Joslin Diabetes Center established the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) in 2000.

Goals of the AADI

  • Study diabetes in the Asian American population and disseminate Joslin’s research findings to healthcare providers and Asian American communities
  • Provide diabetes education through innovative and culturally appropriate materials and outreach programs
  • Design and implement clinical treatment programs for Asian Americans
  • Collaborate with local, national and international organizations to raise diabetes awareness
  • Incorporate diverse community voices to promote health equity

Over the past 16 years, A Taste of Ginger has not only served as a major diabetes education event, but also as a critical fundraiser for the AADI. Since 2005, the Ginger event has raised over 2.4 million dollars driving accomplishments such as:

  • Successfully advocated for the Federal CDC to include Asian Americans (AAs) in their national study and the results led the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Medical Association to change their screening guidelines for diabetes for AAs
  • Led, and continue to lead, the national Screen at 23 effort with the National Diabetes Coalition and the ADA on the increased risks of diabetes among AAs which has been adopted by 6 different states including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Established the Asian Social Club series—seasonal workshops for Asian Clinic patients and their caregivers—to provide practical knowledge and tips to better manage their diabetes
  • Developed culturally appropriate educational materials and clinical approaches to treat diabetes in the Asian Clinic including webinars on the management of COVID-19 for AAs with diabetes

Your generous support for A Taste of Ginger will help us achieve the following goals for the year 2021:

  • Empower Asian American communities to better manage or prevent type 2 diabetes by distributing our new bilingual booklet developed to support at-risk communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Work with women with or who have had gestational diabetes to prevent developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetime as well as helping their children start off with healthy eating habits and exercises
  • Develop clinical approaches in the Asian Clinic that can delay the progression or even reverse type 2 diabetes in AAs