October 30, 2022
By Taylor Yukiko Sato and Suzanne Joe Kai
The 2022 U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit was a historic event that brought leaders from Hollywood and the Asian entertainment industry to Los Angeles.
Janet Yang, Chair of U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit, was honored with the 2022 Career Achievement Award.
Janet made history as the first Asian American, and fourth woman to become the President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Actress and emcee of the evening’s gala, Kara Wang said “I am particularly honored to be here as we honor Janet with the Career Achievement Award."
"We call her the Asian godmother of the industry because she has had a hand in so many of our careers. And I am just very very happy that I get to be here with this moment as we shower her with love… She has done so much for us.”
CEO and Co-Founder of Gold House and AU Holdings, Bing Chen led a Fireside Chat with Janet Yang as she reflected on her career.
This was the 13th U.S.-Asia Entertainent Summit with panels spotlighting top talent in the Asian and Asian American entertainment industry.
How Asia Markets Have Changed and What It means for Hollywood panel moderated by Patrick Frater, Asia Editor, Variety
Asian Women Empowered: Wavemakers in Animation panel moderated by Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation, Paramount Animation
Fireside Chat with Bowen Yang
Evolution of Entertainment panel moderated by Heidi Chung, Media Analyst, Correspondent, Variety Intelligence Platform
Spotlight on Showrunners panel moderated by Piya Sinha-Roy, Writer, Journalist
Asian Women Empowered Panel: The Power of Women Funding Women moderated by Janet Yang AWE Chair and Katie Soo AWE Co-Chair. Presented by Asian Women Leadership in Philanthropy Fund (AWLPF) at Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF).
The Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge Panel moderated by Michelle Sugihara Executive Director of Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) honoring Inaugural Award Grantees:
Entertainment Game Changer Awards were presented at the evening's Gala to:
Singer, songwriter Paravi sang during the gala dinner. Asia Society Southern California Chair, Katie Soo, gave closing remarks at the U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit for this historic year in Asian and Asian American representation.