On Thursday, May 5th, Committee of 100 hosted a black-tie gala and special award ceremony centered around the theme of “Trailblazers: Past, Present, and Future.” We were honored to have Emmy Award-winning television journalist Miya Shay as our Master of Ceremonies.
Following opening remarks by the Committee of 100 President Zheng Yu Huang and Committee of 100 Chair Gary Locke, the Gala began with a special Committee of 100 Founders Tribute to the late I.M. Pei and Shirley Young. With a sense of urgency to build bridges between China and the U.S., I.M. Pei teamed with Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Tang, Oscar Tang, Shirley Young, and Chien-Shiung Wu to recruit distinguished Chinese Americans from across the arts, business, academia, public service, and the sciences to serve on the Committee of 100. At the Gala, Pei and Young were honored and remembered by Founders Henry Tang and Oscar Tang, as well as by Founder Yo-Yo Ma via a virtual musical performance.
In addition to the Founders Tribute, it was our honor to announce the inaugural I.M. Pei Award with Committee of 100 Member Chien Chung (Didi) Pei and the Pei family. The I.M. Pei Award honors Pei’s legacy, paying homage to the principles and values on which his work was anchored – the commitment to infuse his work with profound humanity, and always with respect and consideration for the people and history of the space in which he worked.
Conference and Gala Co-Chair Walter Wang presented the first I.M. Pei award to Dr. Henry Kissinger. The founding of Committee of 100 emerged over thirty years ago from a conversation between Pei and Kissinger, with the idea of organizing an influential group of Chinese Americans to address issues of international concern between the U.S. and China. As the first recipient of the I.M. Pei Award, Dr. Kissinger is an embodiment of Committee of 100’s missions to build international bridges of dialogue and understanding.
Eric S. Yuan, Founder and CEO of Zoom and Committee of 100 Member, was awarded the Committee of 100 Distinguished Service Award for Advancing Human Connectivity. As the world takes shape around this new Covid-era we are all living in, Zoom stood out as a model of productivity, creativity and ingenuity. Founder Eric S. Yuan helped unite the world in a time of crisis, helping to keep business moving, and bring families, friends and loved ones together. The award was presented by Conference and Gala Co-Chair Robert W. Gee, Founder Partner of AME Cloud Ventures, Co-Founder of Yahoo!, and Committee of 100 Member Jerry Yang.
Stop AAPI Hate was awarded the Committee of 100 Distinguished Service Award for Vigilance in Combating Hate Crimes & Violence. In a time of unprecedented hate and xenophobia directed towards individuals of Chinese and Asian descent, Stop AAPI Hate stood tall, pulling data and information to help drive action and end the violence. In that effort, Stop AAPI Hate became a beacon of hope and a model of leadership for not only the AAPI community but for other minority groups as well. Conference and Gala Co-Chair Maeley Tom presented the award to Vincent Pan, who accepted the award on behalf of Stop AAPI Hate.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was awarded the Committee of 100 Distinguished Service Award for Courage in Countering Racial Profiling. In a time of unprecedented hate and xenophobia directed towards individuals of Chinese and Asian descent, MIT stood tall, side-by-side with its academic leaders, who faced scrutiny and, in some cases, persecution for unjust and unproven reasons. MIT publicly supported and backed its leaders, treating them with dignity, honor, and compassion and became a beacon of hope for researchers and a model of leadership for academic institutions. Committee of 100 Member Tony Chan presented the award to the Associate Provost of International Activities at MIT Professor Richard Lester, who accepted the award on behalf of MIT. In addition to the award presentation, Dr. Gang Chen of MIT, who was falsely charged under the China Initiative, attended the Gala and was recognized by the audience.
Nathan Chen was honored with the Committee of 100 Trailblazer Award for Commitment to Excellence. An Olympic Gold Medalist, six-time U.S. Champion, and three-time World Champion, Nathan Chen embodies all that is great with the U.S. – opportunity, perseverance, and a commitment to achieving goals. Conference and Gala Co-Chair Shirley Wang presented the award to Alice Chen, the sister of Nathan Chen, who accepted the award on his behalf.
After the awards ceremony, attendees had the pleasure of watching an inspiring Fireside Chat with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, United States Senator for Illinois, and Conference and Gala Co-Chair Charlie Woo.
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