Chinese American museum honors history makers
Cast members from the ABC comedy “Fresh off the Boat” joined Dr. Gang Ding, a trio of community activists, a labor organizer and a marketing guru as honorees Thursday at the Chinese American Museum’s 20th annual Historymakers Awards Gala.
The six-hour event, which welcomed 1,000 attendees at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, featured speeches from Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, award-winning author Lisa See, and Jim Jang, president of the Chinese American Museum. See served as honorary dinner chair and was joined by Paula Madison, author and former NBC exec. Madison served as the event chair.
Actor Hudson Yang, who plays the role of Eddie Huang on “Fresh off the Boat”, said he enjoyed the event and saw the evening as an important opportunity for Asian Americans.
“I feel like the Asian community should start to band together more often,” Yang said. “Beacuse what I’ve been kind of noticing is that like even though I’m asian [the Asian community] sticks together, but we don’t do as much as we should.” Yang said that the community deserves greater respect, and he believes that greater unity will bring that about.
Kin Hui, CEO of Singpoli Group and partner with Ding in BDK Capital, LLC., praised the museum and its choice of awardees. Hui was the Event Sponsor.
“This is an important organization for Chinese-Americans,” Hui, himself a past honoree, said. “It is a great honor to be recognized here and reflects on the entire community in a positive way.”
Founded in 1984, the Museum dedicates its time to preserving the history of Chinese-American contributions to American society. Past honorees have included international stars like Michelle Kwan and Jackie Chan, as well as Congresswoman Chu and federal Judge Ronald S.W. Lew.
Community members nominate potential honorees and a committee chooses anywhere between six to eight people to recognize each year. For 2016 honorees included Dr. Ding, UCLA Labor Center director Kent Wong, and marketing guru Bill Iwada. Also honored were community organizer Esther Woo Jan and Evans and Susanna Lam.
It was Yang and his co-stars Ian Chen and Forrest Wheeler who earned the loudest applause of the night. They accepted the award for Excellence in Entertainment. The young stars joked around while on-stage and at one point, called out Iwada for alleged centerpiece-snatching.
Complete List of Honorees:
Excellence in Entertainment Award
ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat”, produced by 20th Century Fox TV
International Corporate Award
Dr. Gang Ding
Dr. Dan S. Louie Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award
Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Visionary Award
Evans Y. Lam and Susanna Y. Lam
Excellence in Community Services Award
Esther Woo Jan
Excellence in Law and Justice Award
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