Asia Society to Honor Business Leaders Stephen Riady, Weijian Shan, and the Japanese Olympic Movement among others at 2020 Annual Gala
Los Angeles, CA, February 21, 2020– Asia Society Southern California will honor extraordinary leaders in business, sports, the arts and philanthropy at the 2020 Annual Gala Dinner on Sunday, May 3, at the Skirball Cultural Center.
The Annual Gala Dinner is the premier Asia-related event of its kind in Southern California and is attended by leading figures from the fields of business, arts and culture, philanthropy, and sports from across the region, the U.S. and Asia. Asia Society is excited to announce its first group of confirmed honorees with additional honorees to be announced.
Asia Society will be honoring Dr. Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman of OUE and a trustee of Asia Society, for his invaluable contributions to the field of public service and for being an “International Business Visionary.” In addition to his roles at OUE, Dr. Riady serves as Commissioner of PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk and Chairman and Executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Lippo Limited, Lippo China Resources Limited and Hongkong Chinese Limited. In 2010, Dr. Riady also established the Stephen Riady Group of Foundations in order to create opportunities for aspiring youths.
In his capacity as Asia Society Trustee, Dr. Riady generously facilitated the recent opening of the Southern California Center’s new office in the iconic downtown Los Angeles OUE U.S.-Bank Tower.
Asia Society will also be honoring the life-story of financier Weijian Shan, Chairman and CEO of PAG – a Hong Kong based private equity firm that invests throughout Asia. Dr. Shan’s triumphant spirit carried him from the remote Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution to becoming one of the first students from the People's Republic of China to earn a doctoral degree in the United States. In addition to providing prolific commentaries in outlets such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, Dr. Shan is also the celebrated author of Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will also be honored as a “Japanese Olympic Movement and Bridge-Building Visionary”. The spirit of the Olympic Games, and in particular Tokyo’s theme of “Unity in Diversity,” dovetails with Asia Society’s mission to create cultural ties between Asia and the United States. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will spotlight this important message, and the future Los Angeles 2028 Olympics will further serve to deepen the connectivity between Japan and Southern California.
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The Gala will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center on Sunday, May 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PDT.
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About Asia Society Southern California
Asia Society Southern California is the Los Angeles branch of the leading nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and forging understanding among the people of Asia and the United States. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is based in New York and has centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, DC, and Zurich.