The new AAPI power group has come forward to support their peers and engage in philanthropy
After an unintended hiatus due to the pandemic, there was no way to contain the explosion of API talent returning to the stage at this year’s unforgettable gala held at the Beverly Hilton.
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Society 1 at the Unforgettable Gala (Photo: Business Wire)
The red carpet was filled with celebrities, entrepreneurs, musicians and adoring fans. Perhaps the most notable attendees were attendees on behalf of Society 1 – an exclusive Los Angeles club that seems to be everywhere these days. Donning a custom House of Skye ensemble with glittering Santoni loafers, beloved Netflix star Kane Lim empire bling, said, “I feel like this is an event that gives me a pulse on my peers. Character Media recognizes the incredible contribution of API thought leaders and innovators, and [us] Asians are there for that!
The Unforgettable Gala is the largest show of its kind in the United States, rewarding achievement within the API demographic. The 19and Gala provoked powerful feelings and took stock of a year with its ups and downs. Simu Liu, star of Shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings, exclaimed he was “shamelessly Asian,” a sermon that resonated with everyone in attendance. Sandra Oh, John Cho and others were also honored.
A USC study recently found that Asians and Pacific Islanders make up less than 6% of speaking roles in Hollywood movies despite recent increases in IPA visibility in film, TV and movies. arts. Company 1 aims to change that from within. “By bringing together resources from different disciplines, we quickly discover how Following the ownership we have over our own destiny because we can all contribute something,” said Takashi Cheng, co-founder of Society 1.
Company 1 has hosted star-studded tables with the likes of model and actor Kevin Kreider, first lady Heart Evangelista, powerhouse attorney Jack Liang, chef Ronnie Woo, and popular influencer Jason Chen, to name a few. name a few. The group delivered a cohesive giving message in the form of an animated video that only added to the appeal of the Club.
In a creative departure from a mystery giveaway in the “loot bags” handed out to guests at the end of the evening, Society 1 brought things into focus by asking attendees to name an API cause worthy of an in-kind donation. of the Society 1 Foundation. “It’s not about putting our money where our mouth is; it’s an opportunity for our community to learn more about the many API causes that exist,” Takashi added. “Our peers regularly ask us: ‘How can we help?’ Let’s educate ourselves so we can give others direction on how they can join our movement.
Society 1’s support of the unforgettable gala is a taste of what’s to come. The Club is working closely with Character Media on future events focused on community building and more hands-on philanthropy. “As a loud and proud platform in our API family for 30 years, Character Media welcomes the collaboration with Society 1 – they are the yin of our yang. We share similar leadership and goals for our communities,” said James Ryu.
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 enhance the presence, influence and participation of Asian Americans in society’s most elite circles.
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.
Follow Society 1 on Instagram at @officialsocietyone.