Asia Society Southern California Gala 2024: A Celebration of Visionaries and Cultural Synergy

On May 19th, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles was abuzz with the Asia Society Southern California’s 2024 Annual Gala. Coinciding with Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the gala honored outstanding individuals in various fields who have significantly contributed to promoting and connecting the rich cultural heritage of Asia with the global community.

Eileen Gu – Photo Credit: Stewart Cook | Le Studio Photography

Honorees of the Evening

The gala celebrated visionaries across multiple disciplines:

  • Ray Chen: Recognized as the Music Visionary for his contributions to the world of classical music.
  • Adrian Cheng: Honored as the Art Visionary for his initiatives in integrating art with new business models.

Special Tributes and Performances

The evening also included heartfelt tributes to sports icons who bridge cultures through their achievements:

  • Eileen Gu: The Olympic freestyle skier was recognized for her inspiring achievements.
  • Gene Sykes: Chair of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, noted for his leadership. The gala also highlighted the “Year of Japan” with a tribute to the Los Angeles Dodgers, underscoring the long-standing relationship between the team and Japan. Dave Roberts, the team’s manager, represented the Dodgers fresh off a win against the Cincinnati Reds, delivering an engaging speech about the cultural exchange fostered through sports.
Dave Roberts

Artistic Showcases

Adding a touch of glamour and artistic flair to the evening, actor and singer Malea Emma performed, captivating the audience with her talent. The event also marked the introduction of Dr. Kyung-wha Kang, the newly appointed President and CEO of Asia Society, who addressed the guests, highlighting the ongoing mission and impact of the society.

Bridging Cultures and Fostering Dialogue

Since its establishment in 1985, Asia Society Southern California has been pivotal in promoting knowledge, enhancing dialogue, and facilitating cultural exchanges that transcend regional boundaries. Through innovative programs and events, it continues to play a crucial role in bridging the gap between the peoples of the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region.

The gala not only celebrated the remarkable achievements of individuals but also underscored the importance of cultural synergy in today’s globalized world. Asia Society Southern California remains dedicated to its mission of fostering a shared future through cultural understanding and cooperation.

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