Asian American Stories: Changing the Narrative With Charles YuVIEW EVENT DETAILS
In collaboration with the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas (APIS) and Haynes and Boone, LLP
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Thursday, September 9, 2021
7 p.m. Moderated Discussion
7:45 p.m. Audience Q&A — Questions welcome via the video chat
Asia Society welcomes Charles Yu as he shares his experience of being Asian in America.
After 13 years in corporate law, Yu left his career to become a screenwriter and novelist, defying stereotypes and expectations. Learn what shaped Yu's personal journey, the challenges he overcame along the way, and his dreams for reframing the way Asian Americans are perceived and understood.
About the Speaker
Charles Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown (the winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction) and the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year). He received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications. Yu spent 13 years practicing corporate law at law firms including Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and in-house at tech companies before turning to writing full time, leaving his job as associate general counsel for Belkin International to write for the HBO show Westworld. Yu’s parents immigrated from Taiwan before he was born. Together with TaiwaneseAmerican.org, he established the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Writing Prizes, in honor of his parents.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia Law School.
About the Moderator
Albert Tan is a Partner and Co-Head of the Global Fund Financing Group with Haynes and Boone, LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, Albert serves as a member of the firm’s (i) 6-person Appointments Committee, which appoints and oversees the firm’s strategic leadership and management roles, (ii) Board of Directors, (iii) Partners Compensation Committee and (iv) Strategic Growth Committee.
During Albert’s career at the firm, he has represented investment and commercial banks, as agents and arrangers in more than $120 billion of capital commitment subscription-secured credit facilities to Asia, US, Europe, Latin America and global real estate, infrastructure, debt, buyout and energy private equity funds, including to some of the first real estate private equity funds in Japan, Greater China, Singapore and Korea. During the global financial crises, Albert was one of few fund finance attorneys who represented lenders in the successful enforcement of subscription financing defaults against PE funds and their investors.
From 1997 to 2000, while on a secondment from Haynes and Boone, Albert was based in Hong Kong and served as Chief Counsel of Greater China for Caltex Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ChevronTexaco, overseeing all legal affairs for Greater China.
The National Law Journal selected him to its inaugural 35-person list of Finance, Banking and Capital Markets Trailblazers in 2019, and Euromoney Expert Guides, and Euromoney Institutional Investor 2012, listed him as a “Leading Practitioner” in its Guide to Leading Practitioners: International Private Equity, United States.
In recognition of Albert’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in Texas, (i) the State Bar of Texas’s Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) in 2015 recognized Albert with its “Justice Wellington Chew Award,” for the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of a lawyer who has paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys and made substantial and lasting contributions to the APA legal profession, as well as the broader APA community, and (ii) the Dallas Asian American Bar Association in 2011 recognized Albert with its “Inspirational Leadership Award.”
Albert currently also serves as an Executive Council member of APIS and formerly served as an Advisory Board member of the Asia Society Texas Center. Albert received his BA from San Diego State University and his JD and LLM from Southern Methodist University and Georgetown University; and speaks Chinese (Mandarin). Albert emigrated from Taiwan with his family to the United States at 10 years of age in summer 1976.
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