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  • Sat Dec 10, 2016
    5:30PM - 10:30PM

  • The Beverly Hilton International Ballroom
    9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

  • Black Tie

5:30 PM

Red Carpet &

Cocktail Reception

7:00 PM

Dinner

8:30 PM

Awards &

Performances

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George Takei

George Takei

Icon Award

Those who say there are no second acts in American life don’t know George Takei. For the young boy who spent his childhood in an American concentration camp for persons of Japanese ancestry, life has offered not just a second act, but a third, fourth and fifth — with many, one hopes, still to come. His unique journey through pop culture and politics has made him not just a witness, but a prime mover during some of the most critical moments in our history.


Takei’s acting career has spanned nearly six decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. Among current projects, Takei is set to play the role of Reciter in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures directed by John Doyle and opening at the off-Broadway Classic Stage Company in April 2017. He’s an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the Broadway musical Allegiance, and subject of To Be Takei, a documentary on his life and career.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Director of the Year Award

Jennifer Yuh Nelson recently directed DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3. Nelson made her feature film directorial debut with Kung Fu Panda 2, which earned more than $665 million at the worldwide box office. Nelson has lent her talents to a variety of DreamWorks Animation’s motion pictures including: 2008’s Kung Fu Panda (as head of story), 2005’s Madagascar (as story artist), 2003’s Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (as head of story) and 2002’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (also as story artist).

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Nelson worked at HBO Animation, developing various projects and short series. She has worn many hats, serving as director, story artist and character designer for HBO’s animated series Spawn, which won an Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program. Her career in animation has spanned several countries, including Korea and Japan, where she oversaw animation for HBO. Nelson attended California State University, Long Beach, where she received a BFA in illustration. She has also published several independent comic books.

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong

Actor of the Year Award

Actor, producer and writer Ken Jeong, known for his scene-stealing abilities, has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. Jeong began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows including The Office, Entourage, and MADtv. It wasn’t until he caught Judd Apatow’s eye, who cast him as “Dr. Kuni” in Knocked Up, that Jeong solidified himself as a feature film actor. In May of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian-mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy The Hangover franchise, also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, which earned him 3 Teen Choice Nominations and an MTV Movie Award.


In television, Jeong can be seen starring on ABC’s Dr. Ken, which he also created, writes and is an Executive Producer. He also was a series regular on the critically acclaimed NBC show Community from 2009-2015. The cast won a TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble in 2012. Jeong spends a lot of his off time volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer, which is a cause very dear to his heart. Jeong currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki

Music Vanguard Award

STEVE AOKI is a Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line Dim Mak. Since launching in 1996, Dim Mak has broken bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons, and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases and now has nearly 500 releases to date. As a solo artist, AOKI has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. AOKI's second artist album NEON FUTURE I, was released September 30, 2014 via Dim Mak/Ultra Music and features his Gold certified single "Delirious (Boneless)" with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink, "Born To Get Wild" featuring will.i.am and "Rage The Night Away" featuring Waka Flocka Flame. The second part of his Neon Future album, NEON FUTURE II, was released on May 12, 2015 and features collaborations with Linkin Park, Matthew Koma, Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo and NERVO, plus a very special appearance by creative genius J.J. Abrams who voices the outro to close the album.  

AOKI's other current tracks include "How Else" featuring Rich The Kid and iLoveMakonnen, "Back 2 U" with Boehm featuring WALK THE MOON--which is smashing on the streaming front with over a million Spotify plays per week since its release in May and has been added to many Top 40 radio stations including Y100 in Miami-plus "Can't Go Home" with Felix Jaehn featuring Adam Lambert.   Steve Aoki is also the featured subject of the Netflix Originals documentary I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, out now.

Brian Tee

Brian Tee

BMW's Ultimate Drive Award

Brian Tee can currently be seen as a series regular on NBC’s new hit show “Chicago Med”, as the chief resident “Dr. Ethan Choi.” Tee can also be seen in the highly anticipated Paramount Pictures’ and Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows,” as the iconic super villain “Shredder." As a leading man Tee is no stranger to tentpole movies; with Tee’s memorable starring performance as the lead villain “DK, the Drift King,” in Universal Pictures' blockbuster franchise “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” Last summer Tee, played “Hamada,” in Universal Pictures’ and Amblin Entertainment’s, record breaking movie, “Jurassic World,” after coming off his lead role in FOX's 2013, Summer Blockbuster “The Wolverine,” starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold.


An international Actor, Tee is a multi talent in both genres, as he starred in the Korean American romantic comedy feature “Wedding Palace,” which hit selected theaters worldwide. He also broke through internationally in the highly anticipated Korean movie “No Tears for the Dead.” Tee plays the lead antagonist opposite, Jang, Dong-Gun and Kim, Min-Hee directed by the acclaimed Lee, Jeong-Beom (“The Man from Nowhere.”)


A Los Angeles native and mixture of multiple Asian descents, Tee is proficient in both Japanese and Korean, and holds a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts - Acting from the University of California, Berkeley.

Wong Fu Productions

Wong Fu Productions

Digital Influencer Award

Philip Wang, Wesley Chan, and Ted Fu founded Wong Fu Productions, a digital production company, in 2003 before YouTube was even invented. Since then they've amassed over 2.5 million subscribers around the world with over 400 million views of their dramatic short films and comedy sketches. Their creative work has been recognized for its striking quality and emotional depth as well as its authentic representation of Asian Americans, earning honors and praise from organizations like CNN, NPR, and even the White House. As pioneers and leaders in the ever-growing space, Wong Fu Productions continues to expand on and off their channel, most recently with their film "Everything Before Us" being released on Netflix and with the release their original series "Single by 30" on YouTube's premium service, YouTube Red.

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Randall Park

Randall Park

Park stars in the hit ABC comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat” as Louis Huang, the patriarch of a Taiwanese family adjusting to a new life in Orlando after moving from Washington D.C. in the 1990s. His work in the series earned him a 2016 Critics Choice nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. The show is currently airing its third season. Park will next be seen in Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s Office Christmas Party alongside Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, and Kate McKinnon. Paramount is set to release the film December 9th, 2016. He also wrapped production on Amy Schumer’s untitled film, which is due out in 2017. Park’s previous film credits include The Interview, in which he starred as “Kim Jong-un” alongside Seth Rogen and James Franco; the box-office hit Neighbors, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron; Sex Tape, opposite Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel; The Meddler; They Came Together; The Five-Year Engagement; and Larry Crowne. Park’s other TV credits include Veep; The Office; New Girl; Curb Your Enthusiasm; House; The Mindy Project; Cold Case; CSI; Reno 911!; Wild N Out; and The Sarah Silverman Program.



Park won a ‘Best Actor Award’ at the 2010 NBC’s Short Cuts Film Festival for the short Blueberry, which he also wrote. He is also the recipient of the 2011 CAPE ‘New Writers Award’ for an original pilot he wrote entitled Erasists. Park is a constant presence on the web and is a frequent contributor to the monthly web series showcase and competition Channel 101, where he is the proud recipient of numerous “Channies". His work can be found on www.randallparkplace.com.

Krista Marie Yu

Krista Marie Yu

Krista Marie Yu stars in ABC’s fall drama “Dr. Ken”, playing Ken Jeong's (Dr. Ken) daughter ‘Molly’. Krista was born in Berkeley, California where she spent most of her childhood singing, dancing, and figure skating. After playing Claire in “The Nutcracker on Ice,” Krista immediately fell in love with performing.



Prior to “Dr. Ken,” Krista had recurring roles on Nickelodeon’s comedy series “The Thundermans,” as well as ABC’s “Cougar Town,” plus she gave some great performances on “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “The Middle,” Amazon’s “Hand of God,” ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” and “Parenthood.” On the big screen, Krista can be seen in the comedy “Love the Coopers,” starring Alan Arkin and Ed Helms, and the horror thriller “6 Miranda Drive” starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell. Credits for theater productions include Sandy in “Grease”; Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”; Alice in “Alice”; and Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan.” She also joined “Showbiz,” a children’s song and dance troupe.

Albert Tsai

Albert Tsai

Albert Tsai was born and raised in San Jose, California. At age nine, this young actor has already received rave reviews and award recognition, earning a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards for his outstanding performance on ABC’s comedy series “Trophy Wife.” He was the youngest nominee in the award show’s history to date. Albert can currently be seen starring on the hit ABC comedy series “Dr. Ken.” Shortly after the series premiered, Albert was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 12 Best Child Actors of 2015.



Albert discovered his passion for acting at only seven years old, when he participated in a school play. In 2013 he made his television debut on CBS’ smash hit series “How I Met Your Mother.” A few months later at the age of nine, Albert landed his breakout role on ABC’s comedy series “Trophy Wife.” TV Guide raved, “Albert Tsai is single-handedly giving ‘sitcom kids’ a good name… it’s the pint sized 9-year-old’s natural charm and perfectly calibrated infectious energy that cracks us up and melts our hearts.”

Suzy Nakamura

Suzy Nakamura

Born and raised in Chicago, Suzy Nakamura began her career in the touring company of The Second City and later opened the first two shows at The Second City Detroit. After moving to Los Angeles, she began guest starring on television, eventually landing recurring roles on “The West Wing” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Nakamura has appeared in over 100 television episodes. She has been a series regular on shows such as “Go On,” opposite Matthew Perry, and “Help Me Help You” with Ted Danson, and recurred on numerous episodic series, including “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family,” and “Men of a Certain Age.” Suzy has guest starred on “Veep,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Bones,” among others. She currently stars opposite Ken Jeong in “Dr. Ken” on ABC.


She most recently appeared opposite Chris Pine in the feature film “Horrible Bosses 2” and will next be seen in Beth LaMure’s indie drama “Daisy Winters,” opposite Carrie Preston and Brooke Shields. In her spare time, Suzy volunteers with Food on Foot (http://www.foodonfoot.org), an organization dedicated to providing the homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and housing. She also makes regular appearances in various improvisational and sketch comedy shows around Los Angeles.

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard is an Academy Award-nominated actor who currently leads the FOX hit series “Empire” as the head of the Lyon family. In 2015, he won Best Actor at the BET Awards and the NAACP Awards for his work on the show, which remains one of TV’s highest-rated affairs.



Howard is also recognized for “Hustle & Flow,” for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nod, and for his film and television appearances in projects like “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Ray,” “Crash” and “Iron Man.”

Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis

In 2007, Kina wrote her song "Message From Your Heart," shot a video in her bedroom, and uploaded it to YouTube. A few months later, the song won her a major label recording contract and aired during the Super Bowl in front of its 97 million viewers. Kina soon forfeited the record deal, choosing instead to self-release her album and keep creative control. Her debut album - Stairwells - debuted on Billboard's Top 200 chart (and #2 on its new artist chart) due in large part to her devoted online following. To date, Kina has amassed nearly 180 million video views, accruing nearly 1.2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, thanks to unforgettable videos for her original music, including "Valentine" and "In Your Arms." The latter earned Kina visits to The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and was named one of the Top 10 videos of the year by Time Magazine. Kina has headlined tours around the world, selling out shows from New York to Los Angeles, London to Berlin and Sydney to Tokyo.



Kina's sophomore album - Elements (via Kina Grannis Records) - written entirely by Kina and produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung), marks an undeniable maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life, complete with an honesty and a vulnerability that she's excited to share with her fans. The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful.”

Anna Akana

Anna Akana

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Eric Nam

Eric Nam

Eric Nam is a Korean American singer-songwriter, entertainer and entrepreneur active in South Korea. Following a viral YouTube cover, Eric found himself in Korea on MBC’s Star Audition, a show similar to American Idol, and signed with entertainment powerhouse, C.J. E&M.


A regular in Korea’s music scene, Eric has promoted two mini albums and multiple singles in Korea and has charted at #1 on several occasions.. In June 2016, Eric released his first U.S. single, “Into You” in collaboration with electronic band, KOLAJ. “Into You” premiered worldwide on Beats 1 Radio and The Fader, which subsequently led to a #1 charting on Hype Machine. In addition to music, Eric is also active on television. For the last three years, Eric was the main host of Arirang TV’s most popular program, “After School Club,” broadcast in 190 countries gaining thousands of fans internationally. Today, Eric continues to make appearances on many of Korea’s top rated and popular TV and radio shows, including hosting “Saturday Night Live,” “Running Man,” “Hello Counselor,” “CultTwo Show,” and many more. He is currently a regular on MBC’s international hit, “We Got Married.”

Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis

In 2007, Kina wrote her song "Message From Your Heart," shot a video in her bedroom, and uploaded it to YouTube.  A few months later, the song won her a major label recording contract and aired during the Super Bowl in front of its 97 million viewers. Kina soon forfeited the record deal, choosing instead to self-release her album and keep creative control. Her debut album - Stairwells - debuted on Billboard's Top 200 chart (and #2 on its new artist chart) due in large part to her devoted online following.  To date, Kina has amassed nearly 180 million video views, accruing nearly 1.2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, thanks to unforgettable videos for her original music, including "Valentine" and "In Your Arms."  The latter earned Kina visits to The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and was named one of the Top 10 videos of the year by Time Magazine.  Kina has headlined tours around the world, selling out shows from New York to Los Angeles, London to Berlin and Sydney to Tokyo.


Kina's sophomore album - Elements (via Kina Grannis Records) - written entirely by Kina and produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung), marks an undeniable maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life, complete with an honesty and a vulnerability that she's excited to share with her fans. The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful.

B.I.G

B.I.G

B.I.G, which stands for Boys In Groove, is a K-pop boy band, comprising members Benji, Gun Min, Hee Do, J-Hoon and Gook Min Pyo, that debuted in 2014 under GH Entertainment. In 2015, the group officially debuted in Japan, where they reached No. 15 on the Oricon chart with the single "TAOLA." They released their latest album, "Aphrodite," in May.

East West Players

East West Players

As the longest-running theater of color in the country, East West Players produces artistic work and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific Islander (API) experiences. Over its remarkable 51 year history, EWP has produced over 225 plays and musicals. As an advocate for Asian American talent and stories, EWP has has been a home for world-renowned API artists, such as John Cho, Gedde Watanabe, James Hong, Tia Carrere, George Takei, Amy Hill, Constance Wu, Randall Park, Kal Penn, Emily Kuroda, Suzy Nakamura, Ali Wong, Deedee Magno Hall, Parvesh Cheena, and David Henry Hwang.


In July 2016, Snehal Desai became EWP’s fourth Artistic Director as the organization celebrates 51 years of being the oldest professional theater of color in the country that continues to support and showcase API artists, directors, and playwrights through award-winning productions, engaging Arts Education programs, and professional development trainings and resources that connect talent with industry opportunities.

STAHYL from the Original Jabbawockeez

STAHYL from the Original Jabbawockeez

Chris “Stahyl” Gatdula is a multifaceted artist, and an industry innovator. His talents and creative direction can be seen from television variety shows to the grand billboards lining the Las Vegas strip. You may not recognize him standing next to you, but once garbed in his white mask and gloves, you will know exactly who he is. Chris is one of the original members and co-owner of the iconic dance crew The Jabbawockeez. America’s Best Dance Crew Season 1 champions became the first dance crew to gain worldwide recognition in the entertainment industry. His association with Culture Shock San Diego, Full Force dance crew, and ABDC Season 2 champions Super Cr3w, has made his style a well-rounded culmination of breaking, freestyle, and hip hop. His experience in the entertainment industry has propelled him into the world of music production. "My Digital Kids" is a new sound geared towards the dance community, created by Stahyl and his business partner Klizo. Chris has had the opportunity to become a well-rounded industry professional with experience in stylistic movement, music production, video production, and streetwear design.


Stahyl, from the original America’s Best Dance Crew Season One Champions The Jabbawockeez, joined with Team FreeSTAHYL, will be guest performing this year at Unforgettable 2016.

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