The coveted distinction was awarded during the 46e Annual IMPACT Awards at CBS Studio Center
STUDIO CITY, Calif., October 11, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A large crowd filled the same production sets that once housed casts of Seinfeld and That 70s show to celebrate their AAPI contemporaries at the Asian Business Association Gala. The theme of the evening was “the real old Hollywood” and several stars were present for the festivities.
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Society 1’s Yasmine Tanres shone green as she hosted the official red carpet as guests arrived. empire bling Kane Lim went head to toe to show his support for Takashi alongside teammate Kelly Mi Li. Kane said, “Takashi is a true visionary. He invests in people and projects that seek to uplift the Asian community and tonight he’s being spotlighted for that. I’m honored to be here.” The guests were also in the company of The big court actor Byron Mann, co-star of the next film The modeler.
Each year, the ABA recognizes business leaders in the Los Angeles community by showcasing the achievements of successful entrepreneurs and companies who have helped achieve the goals and mission of the ABA. The evening kicked off with Los Angeles-based acapella sensation The Filharmonic as guests admired the auction. In true gala style, guests were served a three-course meal at other performances throughout the night. Influencer and musical talent Jason Chen paid tribute to Takashi Cheng by singing a cover of “Leave the Door Open” by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, followed by a beautiful ensemble from Jules Aurora, who sang his latest single, “Anything For You”.
Before Takashi took the stage, his followers shared a short video highlighting his humble beginnings and his youthful perseverance, which propelled him to success from an early age. Takashi noted during his acceptance speech, “Before social media, this was a place where I could come and be inspired by other Asian Americans.” Takashi’s journey has been filled with ups and downs, but he recognizes the ABA as a sanctuary where young professionals can come for mentorship and job opportunities. Takashi highlighted much of his success with his wife and young children. He added, “My wife keeps me positive. Besides giving me my beautiful kids, she reminds me of what’s important in life.” As a sign of continued support for the creators of AAPI, Takashi announced that Company 1 would pledge $100 million to develop new films, programs, resources, and infrastructure for the next generation of ABA leaders. He concluded by expressing that he felt he had “come full circle”, going from a spectator in the crowd to receiving praise from esteemed members of his community.
“Takashi has been a tireless supporter of the Asian Business Association. It’s a night to celebrate, but despite this, Takashi has once again used his platform to demonstrate to the world that a significant investment in the creative community AAPI is needed to share perspective and a range of content where underrepresented people can be better understood. Committing to strengthening this will carry on its legacy for generations to come. We are privileged to call it the one of our own,” said ABA Co-Chair Queena Wei.
Takashi was honored alongside Wahoo’s Fish Taco co-founder Ed Lee, MintNFT’s Teddy Zee and Vaughn Williams III, program manager for SoCal Gas’ supplier diversity programs.
About Company 1
Society 1 is a privately funded membership club founded by highly valued members of the Asian American community in Southern California.
Membership in Society 1 provides access to exclusive events and experiences, designed to strengthen the presence, influence and participation of Asian Americans in the most elite circles of society. Society 1 advocates for a sustained commitment to justice and ensuring people from historically marginalized communities have a voice and a platform. Changemakers helps brand partners implement inclusive decision-making practices and promote diversity in the workplace.
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About the Asian Business Association
The Asian Business Association (ABA) is a nonprofit organization that has been proactively helping Asian American small businesses access economic opportunity and advancement since 1976. The ABA represents the views of Asian American business owners at the local, state and federal levels. government officials to promote and improve the business climate. The ABA has 1,200 members and encompasses many types of businesses – retailers, lawyers, property developers, accountants, marketing agencies, information technology companies, manufacturers, distributors, import/export companies and many other industries. Through their combined efforts and numerous impactful events, the ABA helps create business opportunities by connecting their members not only with each other, but also with companies and public agencies such as NBC Universal, T-Mobile, The Walt Disney Company, US Bank, American Honda Motor Co., and many more.
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