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Gold House’s Inaugural Gold Gala honorees Ali Wong, Ke Huy Quan, Sandra Oh, Stephanie Hsu and more!

By The Big Magazine Staff


Gold House has unveiled this year’s A100, the API leadership coalition’s sixth annual list of the Asian Pacific leaders who have most significantly impacted American culture and society in the last year. The honorees will be featured at this year's Gold Gala, on Saturday, May 6, in Los Angeles.


Confirmed presenters include Daniel Dae Kim (Actor); the cast of Joy Ride, including actors Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, and Stephanie Hsu; Padma Lakshmi (Host, Author, Producer); Tan France (Fashion Expert and Host); Miky Lee (CJ Group); Jeannie Mai Jenkins (Host and Producer); Poorna Jagannathan (Actor); Garry Tan (Chief Executive Officer, Y-Combinator); Prabal Gurung (Designer); Eugene Lee Yang (Actor), and more.


The cast and creators of Everything Everywhere All At Once, 2023 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, will be honored with the Gold Icon Award, commemorating the film's transformative achievements for the Asian Pacific community. The award will be accepted by actors Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Harry Shum Jr., and producer Jonathan Wang.


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joy Luck Club, cast and creators, including Executive Producer Janet Yang (Producer and President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and actors Ming-Na Wen, Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita, Lisa Lu, and more, will reunite to receive the all-new Gold Generation Award, exemplifying the film's ongoing cultural impact felt across generations.


In recognition of their lifetime achievements, the Gold Legend Award will be presented to Andrew Cherng and Peggy Cherng (Co-founders and Co-CEOs, Panda Express), Dominic Ng (Chairman and CEO, East West Bank), and Lea Salonga (Tony Award winner, Disney Legend, and singing voice of Mulan).


Photo of Bing Chen and Michelle Yeoh via @bingchen Instagram

Over 700 multicultural luminaries and thought leaders will convene at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the 2023 A100, the definitive honor for the 100 Asian and Pacific Islanders who have most significantly impacted culture and society in the last year, as voted on by the top Asian Pacific nonprofit, business, and creative leaders.


“This is no longer about just having a seat at the table or belonging — the A100 and the powerful Gold Gala are about building new houses by breaking established ceilings for all communities,” said Bing Chen and Jeremy Tran, CEO and COO of Gold House in a Variety report. “By distilling and punctuating the Asian Pacific community’s essential impact on culture, we reimagine what’s possible for our community and redefine how we’re seen in society.”

Categories include— activism and journalism; business and technology; entertainment and media; lifestyle and fashion; and sports and gaming.


The full list of honorees is below.


Activism & Journalism

Alex Wagner (Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC) Amanda Nguyen (Founder, Rise) Amna Nawaz (Co-anchor, PBS NewsHour; Contributor, NBC News) Erika L. Moritsugu (Public Servant) Geena Rocero (Author, Producer, Director, Trans Rights Advocate) Jose Antonio Vargas (Writer, Producer, Director; Founder, Define American) Juju Chang (Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Co-anchor, ABC News’ Nightline) Mina Na-Rae Fedor (Founder and Executive Director, AAPI Youth Rising) Rob Bonta (California Attorney General) Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA (U.S. Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services)


Business & Technology

Anjula Acharia (Founder and CEO, A-Series Management and Investments) Ann Mukherjee (Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard North America) Anne Jakrajutatip (CEO, JKN Global Group Public Company Limited; Owner, Miss Universe Organization) David Lee & Kinjil Mathur (Chief Creative Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Squarespace) Emilie Choi (President and COO, Coinbase) Garry Tan (President and CEO, Y Combinator) Ida Liu (Global Head, Citi Private Bank) Jen Wong (COO, Reddit) Joseph Bae (Co-CEO, KKR) Laxman Narasimhan (CEO, Starbucks) Lisa Chang (Global Chief People Officer, The Coca-Cola Company) Lisa Su (CEO, Advanced Micro Devices) Mala Gaonkar (Founder, SurgoCap Partners) Melanie Perkins (C0-founder and CEO, Canva) Neal Mohan (CEO, YouTube) Neha Parikh (CEO, President, Board Director) Paul Kwan (Managing Director, General Catalyst) Peggy Fang Roe (EVP and Chief Customer Officer, Marriott International) Prakash Janakiraman (Co-founder Emeritus, Nextdoor) Selena Deckelmann (Chief Product and Technology Officer, Wikimedia Foundation) Susan Li (CFO, Meta) Tim Hwang (Chairman and CEO, FiscalNote) Craig Robinson (Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal).


Entertainment & Media

Ali Wong, Steven Yeun, & Lee Sung Jin (Lead Cast & Creator, BEEF) Amber Midthunder (Actor) Asad Ayaz (Chief Brand Officer, The Walt Disney Company) Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu, Adele Lim, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, & Teresa Hsiao (Lead Cast & Creators of Joy Ride) Ben Wang, Jimmy Liu, Gene Luen Yang, Kelvin Yu, Destin Daniel Cretton, & Melvin Mar (Lead Cast & Creators of American Born Chinese) Deborah Chow (Director) Devika Bulchandani (Global CEO, Ogilvy) Diep Tran (Editor-in-Chief, Playbill) Hannah Yang (Chief Growth Officer, The New York Times) Hong Chau (Actor) Iman Vellani (Award-winning Actor, Ms. Marvel) Jackson Wang (Artist) Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, “Malia Arrayah” Nahinu, Trevor Salter, Benedict Wong, & Jessica Gao (Lead Cast & Creators, She Hulk: Attorney at Law) Jen Yamato (Film Reporter, Los Angeles Times) Jinny Howe & Brandon Riegg (VP and Head of Drama Series & VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series, Netflix) Joel Kim Booster (Comedian, Writer, Actor) Jonathan Wang & Daniel Kwan (Filmmakers, Everything Everywhere All at Once) Joseph Chang (EVP and Global Strategy Officer, Kakao Entertainment) Ke Huy Quan (Academy Award-Winning Actor) KJ Apa, Charles Melton (Cast, Riverdale) Michelle Tang (Chief Growth Officer, McCann) Mike Van (President, Billboard) Nancy Lee (Chief of Staff to CEO and EVP, International, Disney) NewJeans (K-Pop Girl Group) Randall Park (Actor, Comedian, Director, Writer) Rina Sawayama (Musical Artist) Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Domee Shi, & Julia Cho (Lead Cast & Creators of Turning Red) Sana Amanat (Producer) Saweetie (Musical Artist) Stephanie Hsu (Actor) Stephanie Wu (Editor-in-Chief, Eater) Steve W. Chung (Chief Global Officer, CJ ENM) Steve Lacy (Musical Artist) Sulinna Ong (Global Head of Editorial, Spotify) Tesa Aragones (President, AKQA North America) Tilane Jones (President, ARRAY)


Fashion & Lifestyle

Alfred Chang (CEO, Fear of God) Anna Sui (Fashion Designer) Bernard Kim (CEO, Match Group) David Tran (Founder, Huy Fong Foods) Debby Soo (CEO, OpenTable) Jeanne Yang (Producer, Manager, Stylist) Joanna Gaines (Interior Designer and Host) Ken Ohashi (CEO, Brooks Brothers) Margaret Zhang (Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China) Melissa King (Chef) Patrick Ta (Makeup Artist; Co-founder, Patrick Ta Beauty) R’Bonney Nola Gabriel (Miss Universe 2022 and Miss USA 2022) Shay Mitchell (Actor; Co-founder, BEIS) Tariq M. Shaukat & Anuradha B. Subramanian (President & CFO, Bumble, Inc.) Tracy Romulus (Chief Brand Officer, KKW Brands)


Sports & Gaming

Alex Chang (Chief Marketing Officer, San Francisco 49ers) Eileen Gu (Freestyle Skier; Olympic Gold Medalist) Hidetaka Miyazaki (Director, Elden Ring) Jason Robertson (Professional Hockey Player, Dallas Stars) Jessica Pegula (Professional Tennis Player) Jocelyn Alo (Professional Softball Player, Oklahoma City Spark) Kathryn Kai-Ling Frederick (Chief Marketing Officer, Los Angeles Rams) Laura Lee (Chief Content Officer, Twitch) Lester Chen & Andrew Chen (Partner & General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz) Li Li Leung (President & CEO, USA Gymnastics) Natalie Nakase (Assistant Coach, Las Vegas Aces) Pablo Sison Torre (Host, Writer, Commentator, ESPN, Meadowlark Media) Shohei Ohtani (Professional Baseball Player, Anaheim Angels) Tammy Henault (Chief Marketing Officer, NBA) Whalen Rozelle (COO, Esports, Riot Games) Yuta Watanabe (Professional Basketball Player, Brooklyn Nets)


A1s The A1 is given to the individual who is the most impactful in their industry and is selected from A100 Honorees and past and current Hall of Fame inductees.

A1 in Activism & Journalism: Geena Rocero (Author, Producer, Director, Trans Rights Advocate) A1 in Business & Technology: Neal Mohan (CEO, YouTube) A1 in Entertainment & Media: Bela Bajaria (Chief Content Officer, Netflix) A1 in Fashion & Lifestyle: Radhika Jones (Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair) A1 in Sports & Gaming: Shohei Ohtani (Professional Baseball Player, Anaheim Angels)


A100 2023 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Individuals who have been on prior A100 lists are selected for induction into the Hall of Fame as a tribute to their continued and consistent impact.

Bela Bajaria (Chief Content Officer, Netflix) Erik Spoelstra (Head Coach, Miami Heat) Fareed Zakaria (Journalist, Anchor, CNN) Helen Lin (Chief Digital Officer, Publicis Groupe) Jeremy Lin (Professional Basketball Player) Michelle Yeoh (Academy Award-winning Actor) Padma Lakshmi (Host, Chef, Author, Activist) Priscilla Chan (Co-founder and Co-CEO, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative) Ramsey Naito (President, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation) Shantanu Narayen (CEO, Adobe) Sun Choe (CPO, lululemon) Taika Waititi (Academy Award winner, Writer, Director, Actor, and Producer) Tammy Duckworth (United States Senator) Tony Xu (Co-founder and CEO, DoorDash)


2023 Special Honors

SeeHer Award: Sandra Oh (Actor, Producer)


In addition to award presentations, the evening will debut several major culture-changing initiatives that will define Gold House's next phase: Gold Bridge.


The evening will also feature a menu designed and creative directed by Humberto Leon, the co-founder of Opening Ceremony, and his team, including Chef John Liu, at award-winning restaurants CHIFA and Monarch. The Gold Gala is made possible through the support of Meta, Netflix, Spotify, and Genesis Motor America. A cocktail reception will be presented by Hennessy X.O.


Since its founding in 2018, Gold House has united the Asian Pacific community, reshaped narratives, and enhanced economic equity. The Gold Gala was established to honor the impact and achievements of this community in every corner of industry and culture.


Last year's inaugural Gold Gala, themed, "The New Gold Age," made a historic splash with a robust list of attendees and honorees, including Michelle Yeoh, Mindy Kaling, Daniel Dae Kim, Henry Golding, Andrew Yang, Ashley Park, Auli'i Cravalho, Bella Poarch, Chloe Kim, Harry Shum Jr., Jay Shetty, Jeannie Mai Jenkins, Jimmy O. Yang, Kelly Marie Tran, Lisa Ling, Michelle Phan, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Stephanie Hsu, Versha Sharma, the casts of Never Have I Ever and Pachinko, the CEOs and founders of Airtable, Ancestry, Brooks Brothers, ClassPass, DoorDash, Droga5, East West Bank, Forbes, Hulu, Match Group (Match/Tinder/Hinge), Paramount, Patreon, Procter & Gamble, Publicis Groupe, Twitch, and more.


For more information, visit goldgala.com


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