Watch JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS’ Award Video: Inspiration Award 2013

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 YangYouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Jose Antonio Vargas was presented with the Inspiration Award for his inspiring efforts to advance the Asian American community.

About Jose:
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. Additionally, he is a notable advocate for the DREAM Act, an American legislative proposal which seeks to uplift the immigrant community.

In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine internationally with fellow undocumented Americans as part of a follow-up cover story. Since then, he has testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, and written and directedDocumented, a documentary film on his undocumented experience. It world premiered in June 2013 as the centerpiece of the AFIDOCS film festival in Washington, D.C.

WATCH HIS AWARD VIDEO BELOW:

Watch DAVID CHOI’s Award Video: Arts & Entertainment Award 2013

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 YangYouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

David Choi was presented with the Arts & Entertainment Award for his success in the arts & entertainment industry and for paving the way for future Asian Americans to thrive.

About David:
David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer. On YouTube, he has close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views. David has toured all over the world performing his original songs and covers in front of thousands of people. He wrote and self produced all three of his albums including “Forever and Ever” which debuted at #97 on the iTunes top album charts.  His songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV, A&E, E!, Travel Channel, Style, PBS, Food Network, Disney, retail stores all over the USA, as well as in national commercials overseas and he has worked with brands such as Kellogg’s, Starburst, American Cancer Society, GE, YesStyle, Blue Microphones, Google, Toyota, Samsung, Hyundai and JC Penney.

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Watch JANET YANG’s Award Video: Audrey Woman of Influence Award 2013

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 YangYouTube 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.

About Janet:
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 FlyntDark 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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MUST SEE: Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 2013 Promo Video

As 2013 inches closer to its end, we can’t help but think of the incredible year that Audrey Magazine has had.

We’ve featured gorgeous and talented women on the cover of our magazine such as Maggie Q, Elodie Yung, Rinko Kikichi, Kristin Kreuk and Priyanka Chopra.

This year has brought us some of our best cover girls yet, but thats not all.  2013 also held our 10th Year Anniversary Issue. This year, we’ve begun some columns we’re rather fond of such as Audrey’s Women of Influence and Haikus with Hotties. And of course, let’s not forget that 2013 is the year we launched our revamped Audrey Magazine website.

2013 has been good to us and what better way to end than by taking part in the esteemed awards gala, Unforgettable. Though traditionally presented solely by KoreAm Journal, this year, Audrey Magazine co-presented the Unforgettable festivities and even presented Janet Yang with the first ever Audrey Woman of Influence Award. 

Check out Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 2013 Promo Video below (watch it in HD!) and thank you all for a lovely year.

 

Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal present our 2013 promo video for our annual awards gala, UNFORGETTABLE. 

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Featuring our charity partner Good Neighbors (http://www.goodneighbors.org/)
Presented by Royal Salute (http://www.royalsalute.com/)

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Unforgettable 2013: A Good Time Was Had By All [PHOTOS]

Story by James S. Kim. Photos by Steven Lam & White Rose Production.

A cool night at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles didn’t put a damper on this year’s annual “Unforgettable” awards gala. This year, for the first time in the event’s 12-year history, KoreAm Journal partnered with sister magazine Audrey to recognize three individuals in the Asian American community in honor of Audrey Magazine’s 10th anniversary as a publication.

Guests and celebrities lined an equally cool blue carpet, then warmed themselves with somewhat responsible helpings of Scotch whiskey provided by the presenting sponsor, Royal Salute.

Television journalist Lisa Ling returned to Unforgettable, this time as the mistress of ceremonies, to emcee the awards ceremony. Clara C and Walter Hong presented the first award to singer/songwriter David Choi in the Arts & Entertainment category. As a pioneering Asian American musician in the evolving YouTube and social media world, Choi dedicated the award to everyone in the room, thanking those who supported him in his endeavors.

Actress Tamlyn Tomita and actor Tim Jo presented the second award for the Audrey Woman of Influence, which went to film producer Janet Yang, whose numerous credits include The Joy Luck Club, Shanghai Calling and the Chinese version of Disney’s High School Musical. Yang has worked for years to bridge the gap between the Hollywood and Chinese film industries, and she said for the first time in history, Asian Americans have so many opportunities to present their own culture and stories from their own point of view.

Dante Basco and Lindsay Price presented Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas the Inspiration Award for his work as an activist for undocumented immigrants, including himself. While Vargas was grateful for the honor, he said the award was “premature,” as there was much more work to be done regarding immigration reform in the United States. He pleaded with the predominantly Asian American audience to be aware of a very prevalent issue.

Korean American L.A.-based indie rock band Run River North kicked off the night’s entertainment with a powerful performance, followed by a YouTube dream team of Clara C, Joseph Vincent and Jason Chen. Filipino American R&B band Legaci made their Unforgettable debut with a medley of their songs, while dance crew Poreotics returned with another signature set of polished dance moves. Korean American hip-hop icons Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae wrapped up the evening with fellow artist, Bizzy, showing why they are considered royalty in the Korean hip-hop scene. Guests were able to take home a  copy of their latest album, The Cure.

The event would not have been possible without presenting sponsor Royal Salute, charity partner Good Neighbors, corporate sponsors K2 L.A., BBCN Bank, Asiana Airlines, Intertrend Communications, Beverly Dental Group, Ten Advertising, Vistamar School, Sans Souci, KDB Daewoo Securities, Park Plaza Hotel, IW Group, Inc., CBS, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, WaBa Grill, Garden Suite Hotel, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Warner Bros., community sponsors Seah Steel, Korean American Economic Development Center, Paramount, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Gary Kim, O11 Communications, NetKAL, Toyota, UC Berkeley Korean American Alumni Association, Shiseido, and Lawry’s Catering.

Audrey Magazine is an award-winning quarterly publication covering the Asian American experience, as seen from the perspective of Asian American women and is the sister magazine of KoreAm Journal. You can find more information at www.audreymagazine.com.

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Singer-songwriter and Dec 2013 KoreAm cover man David Choi.

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Producer Janet Yang on the blue carpet.

Yang accepts the Audrey Woman of Influence award.

Yang accepts the Audrey Woman of Influence award.

 

YouTube singers Jason Chen (L) and Joseph Vincent knit their brows on the blue carpet.

YouTube singers Jason Chen (L) and Joseph Vincent knit their brows on the blue carpet.

Filipino American singing group Legaci woos the crowd with their vocal stylings.

Filipino American singing group Legaci woos the crowd with their vocal stylings.

 

Run River North wows the crowd with their musical stylings.

Run River North wows the crowd with their musical stylings.

Poreotics whoas the crowd with their choreographed stylings.

Poreotics whoas the crowd with their choreographed stylings.

 

Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy on the blue carpet.

Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy on the blue carpet.

Tiger JK performs with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, a.k.a. MFBTY.

Tiger JK performs with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, a.k.a. MFBTY.

David Choi joins MFBTY on stage.

David Choi joins MFBTY on stage.

YouTube artists (from L to R) Jason Chen, Clara C and Joseph Vincent.

YouTube artists (from L to R) Jason Chen, Clara C and Joseph Vincent.

Actor Terrence Howard arrives with his wife, Mira Cristine Howard.

Actor Terrence Howard arrives with his wife, Mira Cristine Howard.

 

Cast members of Teen Wolf (from L to R) Tamlyn Tomita, Arden Cho and Tom T. Choi.

Cast members of Teen Wolf (from L to R) Tamlyn Tomita, Arden Cho and Tom T. Choi.

Arden Cho.

Arden Cho.

Singer Clara Chung.

Singer Clara Chung.

Singer Dia Frampton.

Singer Dia Frampton.

 

Rapper and KoreAm Nov 2013 cover man Dan Matthews.

Rapper and KoreAm Nov 2013 cover man Dan Matthews.

Activist Ju Hong and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Activist Ju Hong and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

 

Actor Leonardo Nam.

Actor Leonardo Nam.

Korean French actress Pom Klementieff.

Korean French actress Pom Klementieff.

 

The night’s host, Lisa Ling.

The night’s host, Lisa Ling.

Actress Lindsay Price with celebrity chef husband Curtis Stone.

Actress Lindsay Price with celebrity chef husband Curtis Stone.

Indie rock band Run River North.

Indie rock band Run River North.

 

Actor Tim Jo with girlfriend Hannah Jun.

Actor Tim Jo with girlfriend Hannah Jun.

Actress Vivian Bang.

Actress Vivian Bang.

 

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Actor and voice actor Dante Basco.

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com

 

Spotlight on Unforgettable’s Awardees | Jose Antonio Vargas, Inspiration Award

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for the likes of The New Yorker, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Rolling Stone to document stories of Americans around the country. Recently, he decided to tell his own story.

The Philippines-born Vargas was brought over to America as a young child and didn’t even know he didn’t have the right papers until he went to take his driver’s permit test as a teenager and was told his ID was fake. As a young adult, he became obsessed with proving himself as a true American, doing excellent work, paying his taxes, and eventually winning a Pulitzer — even if it meant keeping a very big secret. Eventually, he was tired of hiding and lying about his identity. He shook America with his 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay, in which Vargas came out as an undocumented immigrant.

Since then, Vargas continues to fight for the plight of undocumented immigrants, which many dismiss as “illegals.” He’s founded the organization Define American, which shares the many different stories much like his own. Earlier this year, he not only testified before the U.S. Senate on immigration reform but he also turned his personal story into a documentary film — fittingly called Documented — which premiered as the centerpiece for the AFIDOCS film festival in Washington D.C.

How did your documentary Documented come about?

Jose Antonio Vargas: Well, this was not the film I was originally going to make. Originally I was going to do a DREAM Act film. I was following five different people with different backgrounds, and I was going to do it Waiting for Superman style. Where you’re doing a vérité-style documentary, you just film, film, film, because you don’t know what you’re going to get.

And then halfway through the filming, one of my filmmaker friends asked me, “How could you do a film on immigration and not include your mom?” I barely talk to my mom [who he hasn't seen in over 20 years because she lives in the Philippines, and he cannot leave the US], let alone did I want to see her on film…. So in some ways the [autobiographical] film was not something I wanted to make, but it was a film that I needed to make.

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On the Define American page, the Documented logo is made up images of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Why did you want to link your story with images of social media?

Jose Antonio Vargas: It’s the idea that undocumented people are documenting their lives. For many people, social media is a narcissistic cesspool of vanity. [laughs] It’s just what I ate yesterday and where I’m going tonight. But for undocumented people that aren’t even recognized by the government, it’s our way to be recognized.

 

For more information on 2013’s Unforgettable annual gala, click here.

For free tickets to our Unforgettable after party, click here. Hope to see you there!

 

Spotlight on Unforgettable’s Awardees | David Choi, Arts & Entertainment Award

David Choi is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/music producer who first gained fame on YouTube for his original song “YouTube A Love Song” in 2006. Since then, he’s paved the way for independent artists who are building a fanbase and making a living themselves by mobilizing social media resources. Choi wrote and self-produced all three of his albums Only You, By My Side, and Forever and Ever, which debuted at #97 on the iTunes top album charts, his songs have used in both American and Korean television shows, and his YouTube channel boasts close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views.

You talk a lot about a moment in high school, where you went from hating practicing your musical instruments to being obsessed with composing music. What happened?

David Choi: Well, I didn’t know you could create music. Learning an instrument is not being creative. It’s just practicing someone else’s music. You can’t be creative when somebody is telling you exactly what to do.

Once I realized I could be creative with music, something just grabbed me and made me want to do this forever. It was weird. Maybe it was me wanting to succeed? I don’t even think it was that. I just really loved it. It’s like when you fall in love with somebody, and you want to spend time with them every single day. That’s how I felt about music.

Do you find that your good songs come to you very quickly, or do you have to work hard to rewrite, analyze the lyrics or the structure, and rewrite again?

David Choi: Now that I’ve been doing it for so long, it feels more innate. I will write a song, and what matters to me is not necessarily whether it sounds good, cool, or unique, but whether it’s honest. That’s the first part. Then the second part is sitting on it after I record it, and later listening back and being more judgmental. Here, I’m putting on my producer’s hat and looking at song structure etc.

There are definitely songs that I rewrite constantly but if I keep having to do that, often I’ll just let it go. I feel like it loses something after too much revision. But that’s just the art side of me talking, not the practical side. It’s about balancing the two.

 

Check out David Choi on the cover of KoreAm Journal’s December 2013 issue. Buy a copy to read the full cover story.

For more information on 2013’s Unforgettable annual gala, click here.

For free tickets to our Unforgettable after party, click here. Hope to see you there!

Spotlight on Unforgettable’s Awardees | Janet Yang, Audrey Woman of Influence Award

Janet Yang is a film producer and cultural ambassador who works to bridge the gap between the Hollywood and Chinese film industries. President of Janet Yang Productions and The Manifest Film Company, Yang’s numerous credits include The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Joy Luck Club, High Crimes, The Weight of Water, Disney’s High School Musical in China, and most recently, Shanghai Calling.

What quality do you think has helped you become successful over the years?

Janet Yang: I don’t get too stuck on things. I don’t think, “This is how it has to be.” And especially working in China, it’s a handicap if you come in thinking, “This is the only way.” Studios go in, saying “This is how it’s done,” and it comes across as arrogance because it’s not how they do it in China.

Working in Hollywood and the West, the individual is often glorified, and that sometimes leads to over-sized egos. If I had a huge ego, it’d be really hard, because you’d be constantly butting heads with everyone. Not that I’m a wallflower or doormat, but because I’m pretty agile and I’m willing to let people have their space, I can concentrate on doing whatever’s necessary. If I need to be the alpha dog, I’ll be the alpha dog, but I’m not too attached to playing a certain role, and I think that’s helpful in terms of getting along with people.

Looking back, what has it been like being one of the few Asian American female power players in Hollywood?

Janet Yang: That’s always been a tricky question, because in this lifetime, I’ve only been Asian and a woman, so I can’t absolutely say how it’d be different otherwise. But I sometimes feel like we don’t have a club. It’s harder to have an instant identification with this group or that, when you’re in between cultures. You don’t know which club you should belong to, and you don’t particularly want to belong any existing club, so we have to make up our own club.

In the early days, especially in Hollywood, I was often in institutions where I was the only woman, and I definitely felt somewhat conspicuous, but it never felt like it was a true handicap. It could have been an asset. These days, people tend to remember me, and I’m sure it’s because there aren’t that many Asian women. So, how can I complain? I was just doing my thing, and doors opened up.

Do you have any advice for anyone who looks up to you and your career path?

Janet Yang: I don’t know. [laughs] That’s the problem when people ask, “How did you plan your career?” I didn’t plan it. I had no idea what I was doing. I was really more driven by my passions, I had this thing I wanted to do, and I was following my nose. So don’t try to imitate what I did. You can’t chart it on a graph, because it doesn’t make any sense. It was less of a plan and more of an evolution.

Especially in this day and age, the opportunities are coming from God knows where. It’s a crazy environment, so I feel like one has to be really clear about who you are, and hopefully what you’re good at and what you love to do overlaps, and then focus on those things. There are so many choices nowadays.

 

For our full Janet Yang profile in this issue of Audrey Magazine, click here.

For more information on 2013’s Unforgettable annual gala, click here.

For free tickets to our Unforgettable after party, click here. Hope to see you there!

You’re Invited to The Unforgettable 2013 AFTER PARTY

The party of the year is here! You’re invited to the exclusive after party of Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s annual gala, UnforgettableWhat better way to end the year than by partying with some of the most admired Asian celebrities? Come celebrate with Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae, David Choi, Clara C., Jason Chen, Joseph Vincent, Wong Fu Productions, Meg & Dia, and many more. You won’t want to miss this!

What: 
Unforgettable 2013 After Party
Music, Dancing, and a Full (Cash) Bar

Where:
Bronze Room in Park Plaza Hotel
607 SOUTH PARK VIEW STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90057

When:
Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:00 pm – 1:30 am

Who: 
Guest List Only

How:
Admission is FREE to those on the guest list. SPACE IS LIMITED — RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/audrey-koreams-2013-unforgettable-after-party-tickets-9172436003

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Unforgettable Gala 2013

You’re invited to one of the premiere entertainment events of the year!

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine’s 12th annual gala, Unforgettable, will take place at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, December 7, 2013. This high profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year.

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal will honor three individuals with achievement awards: producer of The Joy Luck Club and Shanghai Calling, Janet YangYouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Featured performers include: Korean American Hip-Hop Artists Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, YouTube artists Clara C., Jason Chen and Joseph Vincent, indie band Run River North, winner of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Poreotics, and Filipino American R&B group LEGACI.

This event is hosted by journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Walter Hong. Expected guests include Tamlyn Tomita, Dante Basco, Sung Kang, Tim Kang, Justin Chon, Arden ChoMickey Rourke and Terrence Howard, and many more.

An after party will immediately follow the black-tie gala, providing another chance to celebrate the year with celebrities and VIP guests at the Park Plaza Hotel.

INFORMATION:
Saturday, December 7, 2013|
An Elegant Black Tie Affair

Park Plaza Hotel
607 South Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Valet Parking: $10.00
Hosted Bar

SCHEDULE:
5PM           Red Carpet & Cocktail reception
7PM           Awards presentation
8PM           Dinner, Featuring cuisine by Lawry’s
9PM           Performances
10PM         After-party

To find out more about this exciting event, please check out the Unforgettable 2013 website here:
http://www.iamkoream.com/unforgettable2013/

To attend the event, call James Ryu at 310-769-4913 ext. 223 or email james@iamkoream.com.