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Asian Hall of Fame Announces 2024 Inductees

Asian Hall of Fame unveils 2024 inductees, celebrating excellence across diverse fields. Connie Chung, Leena Nair, and indigenous leaders among honorees.

The Asian Hall of Fame has once again celebrated excellence and diversity with the announcement of its 2024 inductees. Held across multiple cities, this year’s ceremonies promise to memorialize 23 remarkable individuals whose contributions span various fields.

In a historic move, New York City will host the prestigious Centennial Medal for Lifetime Achievement, honoring the incomparable Connie Chung from the Class of 2016. Chung’s groundbreaking career has left an indelible mark on journalism, making her a deserving recipient of this esteemed accolade.

The roster of inductees reflects the global reach and diversity of Asian excellence. Among them are luminaries such as Leena Nair, the CEO of Chanel Global, based in Paris, and Kwek Leng Beng, Chairman of the Hong Leong Group in Singapore. The inclusion of Corporate Inductee Millennium & Copthorne underscores the organization’s commitment to honoring excellence in various sectors.

From technology to arts and entertainment, this year’s inductees represent a spectrum of achievements. The posthumous induction of Seiji Ozawa, the revered conductor, and Anna May Wong, the cinema icon, pays homage to their enduring legacies. Additionally, the recognition of film trailblazer William Saito further enriches the Hall of Fame’s roster.

In a move towards inclusivity, the Asian Hall of Fame expands its scope to include Indigenous and Native American representation. This year, the Tlingit Indian Tribe and the Kiowa Indian Tribe are honored through the induction of novelist N. Scott Momaday, underscoring the organization’s commitment to recognizing excellence across diverse cultural backgrounds.

The Asian Hall of Fame also recognizes the contributions of goodwill ambassadors who use their platforms for positive change. Individuals such as Jin Ye (Miss Universe China), John Paris (Earth, Wind & Fire), and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam) exemplify the spirit of philanthropy and advocacy.

The upcoming Seattle Emerald Gala and the 20th Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles promise to be poignant celebrations of achievement and diversity. These events, slated for September 27 and October 19 respectively, will be broadcast live, allowing audiences worldwide to join in honoring these remarkable individuals.

Class of 2024

Anne Akiko Meyers, Concert Violinist
Bing Xie, Philanthropist
Crystal Kung Minkoff, Co-Founder, Real Coco
Eva Chow, Cultural Icon
Jane Fujishige Yada, Hiroshi Fujishige, Masao Fujishige, Philanthropists
Joe Wong, Comedian
Julia S. Gouw, Philanthropist
Ke Huy Quan, Cinema Trailblazer
Kwek Leng Beng, Chairman, Hong Leong Group
Larry Li, Founder and Managing Partner, Amino Capital
Leena Nair, Global CEO, Chanel
Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani, Olympians
Millennium & Copthorne, Corporate Inductee
Raj & Marta Bhathal, Philanthropists
Richard Lui, Kristen Lui, Media Trailblazers

Pacific Northwest Inductees

Aisha Ibrahim, Celebrity Chef
Bruce Harrell, Mayor of Seattle
Daniel Nguyen and Katherine Lam, Civic Leaders
David Wasielewski, Din Tai Fung Managing Partner
Jacqueline Yang, Seattle SuperHawks Team Owner
Jonathan Sposato, Media Trailblazer
Preston Singletary, Tlingit Glass Artist

In Memoriam Inductees

Anna May Wong (1905-1961)
N. Scott Momaday (1934-2024)
Seiji Ozawa (1935-2024)
William Saito (1936-2012)

Goodwill Ambassadors

John Paris (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Jin Ye (Miss Universe China)
Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam)

National Merit Awards

Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Asian Innovation Prize
Brandon Tsay, Asian Advocacy Prize
Lydia Lee, Asian Women In the Arts Prize

Centennial Medal for Lifetime Achievement

Connie Chung, Class of 2016

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