14th US – Asia Entertainment Game Changer Awards

In a splendid celebration of cultural exchange and mutual appreciation, 14th US – Asia Entertainment Game Changer Awards Ceremony and Gala recently unfolded at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. This prestigious event, hosted by the Asia Society, stands as a testament to the enduring impact of individuals and groups in forging stronger ties between Asia and the rest of the world. This year’s ceremony not only marked a significant milestone but also spotlighted the remarkable contributions of a diverse group of honorees across entertainment, arts, and business.

Honoring Visionaries and Innovators

The 2024 Asia Game Changer Awards recognized an illustrious lineup of honorees, each having made significant strides in their respective fields while contributing to the global dialogue between Asia and the world. Among the celebrated were:

  • Anderson .Paak, the 8x Grammy-Award-winning recording artist, recognized for his exceptional musical talent and his role in bridging diverse cultures through music.
  • Lee Sung Jin, creator of Beef.
  • Rina Sawayama, the 2x Brit Award-nominated musician and co-star of John Wick: Chapter 4, honored for her contributions to music and film, exemplifying the cross-cultural appeal of Asian artists in the global entertainment landscape.
  • The cast and crew of Warrior, including Shannon Lee, celebrated for their work in the television series that pays homage to the martial arts legacy and the vision of Bruce Lee, promoting Asian representation in Hollywood.
  • Kenji Yamada and Takashi Yamakazi, the dynamic duo behind Godzilla Minus One, recognized for their innovative storytelling and filmmaking, captivating audiences worldwide with their reimagination of a cinematic icon.

AWE Champions: Leading the Charge in Entertainment

The ceremony also spotlighted the AWE Champions, a select group of individuals making significant contributions to the representation and success of Asians and Asian Americans in the entertainment industry:

  • Michelle Sugihara, Executive Director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), for her leadership in advocating for Asian American representation in film and television.
  • Gita Rebbapragada, COO of Crunchyroll, for her role in bringing Asian animation to a global audience, thereby fostering a greater appreciation for the art form.
  • Maya Rogers, CEO of Tetris, for her innovative leadership in the gaming industry and her efforts in making the iconic game a bridge between cultures.


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About Asia Society

Founded in 1956, the Asia Society is the premier educational organization dedicated to promoting understanding, generating ideas, and fostering collaborations across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy. With a network of offices worldwide, it serves as a platform for addressing contemporary challenges and crafting a shared future, emphasizing the importance of Asia in a global context.

A Decade of Impact

Through their dedication, creativity, and leadership, these game changers continue to inspire and make a profound impact on the global stage, embodying the spirit of mutual understanding and partnership that the Asia Society champions.

As we look forward to the next decade, the Asia Game Changer Awards remain a beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding us of the power of cultural exchange and the endless possibilities that arise when we come together to celebrate our shared humanity.

David Christopher Lee


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