New power group AAPI has stepped forward to support peers and engage in philanthropy
After an unintentional hiatus due to the pandemic, nothing was able to contain the explosion of API talent who returned to the scene at this year’s unforgettable gala at the Beverly Hilton.
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Company 1 at the Unforgettable Gala (Photo: Business Wire)
The red carpet was filled with celebrities, entrepreneurs, musicians and adoring fans. Perhaps most notable were the participants on behalf of Society 1 – an exclusive club in Los Angeles that seems to be everywhere these days. Don a personalized House of Skye set with glitter 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] the Asians are there for that!
The Unforgettable Gala is the largest show of its kind in the United States, recognizing achievements within the API demographics. The 19e Gala caused powerful feelings and recalled a year and its ups and downs. Simu Liu, star of SHang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Ringsexclaimed that he was “shameless 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 made up less than 6% of speaking roles in Hollywood films despite the recent increase in visibility of the API in film, television and the arts. Company 1 aims to change this from the inside out. “By bringing together resources from different disciplines, we quickly discover how Following the ownership we have over our own destiny because we can all bring something to the table, ”said Takashi Cheng, co-founder of Society 1.
Society 1 hosted star-studded tables with model and actor Kevin Kreider, First Lady Heart Evangelista, power lawyer Jack Liang, chef Ronnie Woo and popular influencer Jason Chen, to name a few. . The group delivered a cohesive message of generosity in the form of an animated video which only made the club more appealing.
In a creative departure from a mystery gift in the ‘loot bags’ given to guests at the end of the evening, Society 1 breathed new life into attendees by asking attendees to name an API cause worthy of a generous donation. of the Foundation Society 1. “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 that we can give others direction on how they can ally ourselves with our movement. ”
Society 1’s support for 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 for our API family over the past 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 the company 1
Society 1 is a privately funded membership club founded by highly regarded members of the Asian American community of 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 the most elite circles of society.
Society 1 advocates for a sustained commitment to justice and ensures that people from historically marginalized communities have a voice and a platform. Changemakers help brand partners implement inclusive decision-making practices and promote diversity in the workplace.
Follow Society 1 on Instagram at @officialsocietyone.