A recent gala honored the top 100 Asian and Pacific Islanders who have had a positive influence on culture in the past year. Gold House hosted the event in collaboration with Meta, formerly known as Facebook.
The guest list included more than 500 Asian and Pacific Islander celebrities and cultural leaders as well as business executives. The evening’s theme was “The New Gold Age” and celebrated the defiance and brilliance Asians and Pacific Islanders have shown in the face of racism and violence in their communities.
Gold House Fights for Change
Gold House fights for the rights of Asian and Pacific Islanders in their local communities. The organization works for socioeconomic equity for all Asians and Pacific Islanders. The organization recently held an A100 List honoring the 100 Asians and Pacific Islanders who have made an impact on culture in the past year.
The Event Wrapped Up Asian American Heritage Month
The gala was the perfect way to wrap up Asian American Heritage Month, meant to recognize Asians and Pacific Islanders who live in the United States. May was chosen as the month to celebrate this because the first immigrants came from Japan to the United States on May 7, 1843. Also, the transcontinental railroad was finished by more than 20,000 Asian immigrants on May 10, 1869.
Asian Celebrities Shone at the Event
Michelle Yeoh attended the event along with Mindy Kaling. Kaling, whose parents are from India, wore a Dolce & Gabbana gown to a 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. It had a stunning yellow skirt and a crystal bustier.
At the Gold House Gala, Kaling accepted the A100 Legend award for her lifetime dedication to embodying Asian Pacific characters. Michelle Yeoh was also awarded at the event, receiving the SeeHer award for her work defying gender stereotypes. The gala also recognized several others for their powerful impact on the industries they represent, including:
Businesswoman Payal Kadakia
Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim
Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding
Canadian actor Simu Liu
Lawyer and politician Michelle Wu
Future Plans Were Also Shared
During the event, Gold House also shared its upcoming plans to further the interests of Asians and Pacific Islanders including a unity march in Washington and a resource hub for authentic portrayals of Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Gold House along with SeeHer also announced their plans to create a guide to promote the accurate portrayal of Asian and Pacific Islander girls and women both in entertainment and advertising. Gold House also plans on investing in Asian and Pacific Islander ventures along with funding culinary enterprises and companies run by women.
Dolce & Gabbana Celebrates Asian Heritage
Dolce & Gabbana recently released the Jujutsu Kaisen collection as a celebration of Asian heritage. The collection mixes D&G creativity with anime and Japanese pop culture to create T-shirts and sweatshirts along with nylon jackets bearing 3D prints.
Asians and Pacific Islanders have come a long way in fighting racism and stereotypes. Companies including Dolce & Gabbana applaud their efforts and encourage Asian culture and artwork.