Asia Society to Mark 10th Anniversary of its Asia Game Changer Awards with All-Star Gala
NEW YORK; September 12, 2023 — The Asia Society will honor a selection of path-breaking individuals who have profoundly strengthened the bonds between Asia and the world at this year’s Asia All-Star Game Changers Awards, the 10th edition of its annual Asia Game Changer Awards. The awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held on October 26 at Cipriani in New York.
The Asia Game Changer awards are bestowed annually to individuals, organizations, and movements that have inspired, enlightened, and shown true leadership in areas that reflect Asia Society’s core pillars of policy and business, arts and culture, and education.
This year’s honorees are:
- Shabana Basij-Rasikh; Founder, School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) – For her unswerving dedication to educating the world's most vulnerable children.
- Yao Chen; award-winning actress, philanthropist and filmmaker – For using her enormous talent and platform to draw attention to refugee issues.
- Yayoi Kusama; avant-garde artist and novelist – For her wild imagination that has spun worlds inspiring to so many.
- Josie Natori; CEO and Founder, The Natori Company – For her leadership and bold vision that built a global brand bridging East and West.
- The Philadelphia Orchestra – On the 50th Anniversary of their game-changing trip to China.
- Dr. Stephen Riady; Executive Chairman and Group CEO, OUE – For his commitment to youth education and empowerment.
- Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki; philanthropists – For their unflagging support for the promotion of Asian culture.
The Asia Game Changer Awards are designed to fill a glaring gap: a lack of recognition of individuals and institutions that have the greatest impact across Asia and the Asian diaspora. The awards celebrate the strength of Asia and Asians across the world and from all walks of life who have created transformational change and empowered new and innovative solutions to global and local challenges.
About Asia Society
Asia Society navigates shared futures for Asia and the world across policy, arts and culture, education, sustainability, business, and technology. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, the Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with major centers and public buildings in New York, Hong Kong, and Houston, and additional locations in Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich. Find out more at AsiaSociety.org and @AsiaSociety.