This black-tie event awards and celebrates Asian Pacific American celebrities, influencers and leaders who have contributed to entertainment, business and technology, sports and public service. More than 650 APA professionals and high-profile names gathered inside the Beverly Hilton last year for an Unforgettable night to recognize the successes of the past year.
Honorees of the night included Leonardo Nam (Actor of the Year), Maggie Q (Actress of the Year), Ted Chung (Entertainment Mogul), Dr. Mike Hong (Philanthropy), Chloe Kim (Athlete of the Year), Justin Chon (Vanguard), Ross Butler (Male Breakout), Awkwafina (Female Breakout) and Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park (BMW’s Ultimate Drive).
"Despite circumstances, where you come from or what your parents think about the art that lives in you, find it, explore it. It doesn’t matter what anyone knows about your worth, it matters what you think about your worth."
- Maggie Q
“We’re told there’s room for only one Asian role, or one open ethnicity, one token voice on the board, on the team, or behind the camera. This event proves that theory wrong because all of you here have been pioneers in your work space. I’m only here because you all refused to accept it, to accept these limitations.”