2022 U.S.- Asia Entertainment Summit Honorees
We are excited to announce that the 13th Annual U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Skirball Cultural Center. This prestigious event is chaired by Janet Yang, whom we congratulate on her historic election for the role of President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
We continue to enhance our signature program, the most prestigious gathering of dealmakers, thought leaders and content creators in American and Asian entertainment. Founded in 2010, the Summit created a forum for Hollywood and Chinese filmmakers to discuss collaboration. Now in its 13th year, we are expanding the focus to encompass trends and forces transforming entertainment – across all of Asia and beyond film to digital content, music and gaming. The change reflects the evolution of digital technologies and the growing impact of content from Korea, India and Japan, among others, throughout Asia and in the United States. In addition, this year we continue to spotlight the global Asia Society’s highest honor 'Entertainment Game Changers' at the Summit.
President, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
An Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning Hollywood producer, Yang is President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the first Asian American and fourth woman to hold the position.
Yang has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world. She came to prominence through her collaboration with Steven Spielberg on Empire of the Sun (Warner Bros). That was followed by a long partnership with multiple Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone—where she served as Executive Producer on the iconic The Joy Luck Club (Disney), and as a Producer on the Golden Globe-winning The People vs. Larry Flynt (Columbia Pictures).
Her most recent credit is as an Executive Producer on the Oscar-nominated animated feature, Over the Moon. Based on her original story, the film was directed by legendary animator Glen Keane and released on Netflix in 2020.
Among her many other credits are: the Sundance award-winning Dark Matter with Meryl Streep; The Weight of Water (Lionsgate) directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow with Academy award winner Sean Penn; Fox’s High Crimes with Morgan Freeman; a Chinese adaptation of the acclaimed Disney franchise High School Musical; cult favorites Zero Effect, by Jake Kasdan, and Shanghai Calling with China Film Group.
Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter.
Yang began her career by running the first distribution company to market Chinese films into North America. She also brokered the reintroduction of American cinema to the Chinese marketplace on behalf of several studios after a decades-long hiatus.
Committed to fostering global understanding, Yang is a co-founder of Gold House, the non-profit collective of influential Asian cultural leaders; a long-standing member of the Committee of 100, an organization of the most prominent Chinese-Americans; and an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California where she also chairs its highly regarded US-Asia Entertainment Summit.
Yang has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Variety, South China Morning Post, Harper’s Bazaar, as well as on numerous television and radio shows across the US and Asia such as NPR, CCTV and Beijing TV. She is frequently asked to consult on projects and sought after for public speaking engagements.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Yang holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She was also recently appointed as a Presidential Fellow at Loyola Marymount University.
88rising is a record label, management and marketing company who supports and promotes Asian and Asian American creatives and communities since its founding in 2015. The label is behind some recent hits including Joji’s Glimpse of Us.
Inaugurated in 2018, 88rising hosts Head in the Clouds music festival, held in Los Angeles and will be expanding to Jakarta and Manila this December.
In May 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 88rising’s hours-long livestream festival Asia Rising Forever, drew an estimated eight million viewers across social media platforms.
88rising collaborated with director Destin Daniel Cretton on the hit Marvel movie, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings on its groundbreaking soundtrack featuring a roster of 88rising artists.
In April this year, the label-conceptualized set “Head in the Clouds Forever” took stage at Coachella featuring artists that include “K-Pop Queens” 2NE1, Indonesian rapper Rich Brian, Chinese super star Jackson Wang, and J-Pop legend Hikaru Utada and “proved to be Weekend One’s biggest surprise hit.” (Billboard.com)
88rising has grown since its founding as a music collective, and designs curated lifestyle products surrounding the label’s artists. They are also working on television and film projects.
Founder and CEO, 88rising
Sean Miyashiro is the founder and CEO of internationally-renowned music and media company 88rising, whose mission is to amplify Asian and Asian-American talent and youth culture across the globe. He's been profiled by the New Yorker, the New York Times, NPR, Billboard, Business Insider, and many more. Since founding 88rising in 2015, Miyashiro has transformed the music world, redefining what a record label can be. In addition to their work cultivating a diverse roster of Asian talent, 88rising has a hand in a myriad of internationally successful endeavors - thanks to Miyashiro's boundless vision and ambition.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as DANIELS, are a directing/writing duo who have been working together in music videos, television, and film for over a decade, most recently with the breakout success of their film Everything Everywhere All at Once. They managed to get a Grammy nomination for their raunchy viral hit music video for "Turn Down for What," and later won the Sundance Film Festival "Best Directing" Award for their film, Swiss Army Man, starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe as a sentient, lovable, farting corpse. one Daniel is a Chinese-American father born in Pennsylvania and raised in Massachusetts. The other is a bald, white, dog dad from Alabama. But to be honest, Daniel does most of the work.
Jonathan Wang is the long-time producer and collaborator with the directing-duo Daniels. Beginning in music video production, Wang produced several award-winning music videos, including projects for Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. Wang then pivoted to feature films in 2015 with Daniel's Swiss Army Man, which premiered at Sundance 2016 where it won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. Wang has since produced five other films with A24, including Everything Everywhere All At Once.
"Ms. Marvel," launching on Disney+, is a new series that introduces Kamala Khan—a 16-year-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. A great student, an avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, she has a special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel. But Kamala struggles to fit in at home and at school—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life is easier with super powers, right? Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel; the cast also includes Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer and Nimra Bucha. Episodes are directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Comedian, Writer, Actress
Named “One to Watch” by People Magazine, “11 Asian American Comics Who Need to Be on Your Radar” by Entertainment Weekly and highlighted as an entertainer who represents the vast spectrum of storytelling across the industry on the 2022 Power of Pride list from Variety, comedian, actress, writer, and prodigious talent Sherry Cola has emerged as a rising star in the entertainment industry. From starring in scripted dramas to showcasing her creative expertise in blockbuster comedies, and performing hilarious original stand-upsets on stage, Cola has proven she can do it all. Cola currently stars on Freeform’s critically acclaimed, hit drama series “Good Trouble.”
Cola regularly produces new material as a stand-up comedian, recently opening for Arsenio Hall and Ronny Chieng. She performs regularly at Laugh Factory, The Ice House, Hollywood Improv and The Comedy Store and recently filmed an episode of “Funny Dance Show” for E! (2020) alongside Jackie Tohn, Solomon Georgio and London Brown.
Cola is passionate about discussing the inequalities that exist within her Asian and LGBTQ communities. She also recently worked with the National Women’s Law Center (Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund) for AAPI Equal Pay Day, to discuss wage gaps and the recent Asian hate crimes in the U.S.
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Park Chan-wook is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. Park is best known for his films Joint Security Area, Thirst, The Handmaiden, Decision to Leave, and what has become as The Vengeance Trilogy, consisting of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance.
He is also known for his English-language works Stoker and The Little Drummer Girl, a television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré.
He films have gained notoriety for their cinematography and framing, dark humor and often brutal subject matters.
Comedian, Writer, Actor
Bowen Yang is a comedian, writer, and actor based in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently a multi Emmy-nominated cast member on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, where he wrote for one season before moving on-screen. He can also be seen recurring on Comedy Central’s AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS and in Paramount’s THE LOST CITY, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Bowen stars in the recently released Searchlight Pictures comedy FIRE ISLAND, and will star next in Universal Pictures’ BROS with Billy Eichner. This past year Bowen was featured in TIME 100.
Jimmy O. Yang
Actor, Comic, Writer, Producer
Jimmy O. Yang is an actor, stand-up comedian, writer and producer who is best known for his starring role as Josh Lin in Netflix's Love Hard, his portrayal of Jian Yang on HBO's Silicon Valley and his memorable turn as Bernard Tai in Crazy Rich Asians. He currently stars and writes on the Netflix series Space Force opposite Steve Carell and John Malkovich.
Yang's debut comedy special Good Deal is now streaming on Amazon Prime and has since become some of the most viewed standup comedy clips on social media. He is now touring the nation, gearing up for another special. Most recently, it was announced that Yang will be the lead in the upcoming Hulu series Interior Chinatown, based on the award-winning book of the same name, written by Charles Yu.