Earlier this month, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal presented their 12th annual awards gala, Unforgettable. Historically, this event recognized the success of the Korean American community, but in honor of Audrey Magazine’s 10th anniversary, Unforgettable expanded to celebrate the achievements of the entire Pan-Asian community.
Aside from a lavishing dinner and show-stopping performances, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal honored three individuals with achievement awards: producer of The Joy Luck Club and Shanghai Calling Janet Yang, YouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.
Janet Yang was presented with the very first Audrey Woman of Influence Award to acknowledge her inspiring efforts as a woman in the Asian American community.
Janet Yang is a prominent Hollywood producer with deep roots in China. Her award-winning film and TV credits include The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Dark Matter and Indictment: The McMartin Trial. Most recently, Yang produced the international film, Shanghai Calling, a romantic comedy shot entirely on location in Shanghai and played to great acclaim. Yang began her career bringing Chinese cinema into North America, and then representing the Hollywood studios to broker the first sale of American cinema into China. This in turn led to joining Steven Spielberg on the historic production of Empire of the Sun. Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Committee of 100. Yang holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
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