Addressing Anti-Asian Sentiment Through Recognition: Celebrating Achievements and Combating Bias.
The Asian Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of Asians and Asian Americans, has announced its 30 nominees for the 2023 induction. The Celebrate Asia Festival, scheduled for May 13, 2023, at the Biltmore Los Angeles, will showcase the nominees while also supporting diversity and neurodivergent fellows. The event will feature a tribute concert for nominee Freddie Mercury, performed by California Music Hall of Fame inductee Queen Nation. The final 15 inductees will be celebrated at the 19th Induction Ceremony on October 21.
Maki Hsieh, President & CEO, notes that the organization’s mission has become increasingly urgent in light of growing anti-Asian rhetoric. By highlighting the achievements of Asian and Indigenous individuals, empowering women founders, and helping individuals overcome adversity, the Asian Hall of Fame aims to foster collaboration and combat bias.
Over 500 Asian, multiracial, and indigenous individuals were considered by an international nominating body. Notable nominees include novelist Amy Tan, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa T. Su, automotive leader Pin Ni, and music producer TOKiMONSTA. Several other nominees were put forth by previous inductees or organizations, such as California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Kim Tahyl (Soundgarden), Wella Company CEO Annie Young-Scrivner, and Doug Baldwin Jr, CEO of Ventrk. For the first time, a corporation – Nintendo – has been nominated.
Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) will be recognized as a Goodwill Ambassador, a title given to non-Asian artists who inspire new audiences. He joins previous ambassadors like Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) and Robby Krieger (The Doors).
The event will begin with red carpet arrivals at 4:00 p.m., followed by a dinner buffet at 5:30 p.m., and finally the nominee unveiling and concert at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail attire and a jacket are required, and valet parking is available for $25 with event validation.
Inductees and executives can be contacted for interviews, and media resources are available upon request.