Annual Historymakers Awards Gala


Historymakers Awards Gala

The Chinese American Museum’s Annual Historymakers Awards Gala represents the vision of pioneers, dedication of volunteers, and continuous community collaboration over the years since its inception in 1997. Prominently recognized as one of the premiere Chinese American events in Southern California, the Gala honors the achievements of extraordinary individuals within the fields of art, literature, journalism, medicine, film, science, community, business, government, law and athletics, who have made significant impact or lasting contributions towards the advancement of the Chinese American community and beyond. In addition, the Gala also serves as the major annual fundraiser for CAM, helping to raise critical funds to cover operational and program costs.


Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


View images from the event at on flickr

Past Honorees

Here’s a link of our past honorees



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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

4:30 p.m. Press and President’s Reception
5:00 p.m. Registration Starts
5:00 p.m. Silent Auction – Closes at 8:15 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Program and Dining

18th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


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Ming Hsieh
Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Visionary Award
Ming Hsieh is at the forefront of engineering medicine for cancer research and biometric identification.  He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of 3M Cogent Inc., and has served as the Chairman and CEO of Fulgent Therapeutics Inc., a cancer drug research and development company.  Raised in Shenyang, northern China, he is listed by Forbes magazine as one of America’s 200 richest men.
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David Fon Lee
Dr. Dan S. Louie, Jr., Lifetime Achievement Award
A native Angeleno, David Lee has dedicated much of his life to promoting economic and cultural ties between China and the United States. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Lee came home to help manage the family business, General Lee’s Man Jen Low.  The restaurant became an L.A. landmark.  Among his many accomplishments, he co-founded the National Association of Chinese Americans and played a key role in creating the Sister City affiliation between Los Angeles and Guangzhou.
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Kenneth Chin-Ming Lo
International Corporate Award
Kenneth Lo has been a leader in the banking and finance industry for over 40 years. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Industrial Bank of Taiwan and Chairman of EverTrust Bank (USA).  Lo is also active in public service and holds key positions in the Chinese National Association of Industry and 
Commerce, ROC Bankers Association, Asia Executive Board of the Sloan School of Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Palace Museum Advisory Committee, and Taipei Fine Arts Museum Advisory Committee
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Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
Corporate Leadership Award
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary.  Rose Hills was among the first to offer its services to the Asian American communities, taking special care to respect individual cultural and religious customs.  Today, Rose Hills is North America’s largest memorial park, encompassing 1,400 acres with two full-service mortuaries and five planning centers throughout Southern California. 
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Board of Directors, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
Humanitarian Award
Established in 1870, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) is the largest charitable organization in Hong Kong with over 190 community service centers covering elderly services, youth and family services, rehabilitation services and traditional services. Beginning in the late 1800s, Tung Wah served as the middle stop to transmit letters and money from the United States back to villages in the Guangdong areas. TWGHs helped new immigrants by assisting with the transport of the bodies and bones of loved ones who died in America so that time-honored cultural traditions could be observed.  
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Dr. James Bok Wong and Betty KC Yeow
Community Leadership Award
Dr. James Bok Wong and Betty KCYeow have devoted their lives to the betterment of their community, including the establishment of a scholarship program through the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Foundation. Dr. Wong is a past president of CACA Los Angeles Lodge, and Ms. Yeow serves on the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council as a representative of the CACA Foundaton.  During World War II, Dr. Wong served with the famed Flying Tigers.  He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois and went on to become the chief economist and director of international technologies for Dart Industries.


Honorary Dinner Chair
Kin Hui
Chairman & CEO
Singpoli Group

Dinner Chairs

Al Soo Hoo & Dore Wong


For sponsorship and/or volunteer opportunities, please review the following forms:

For questions or to RSVP, please email us at




1. Become a Major Sponsor

You can support us by becoming a major sponsor for the dinner at $5,000 (Bronze Level) or above for a table of 10. Major sponsors at the Bronze Level and above are also recognized in our Bamboo Donor Wall at CAM. For more information on sponsorship, contact (213) 485-8453 or email

2. Sponsor the President’s Reception

The prestigious President’s Reception preceding the dinner features special presentations and photo opportunities with the honorees, major donors and elected officials. You can make this reception a huge success by contributing at the $25,000 level (Gold Patron) or above.

3. Become a Table Sponsor

By sponsoring table(s) at the banquet, you will ensure the continued success of the Museum while enjoying an elegant evening of dinner, entertainment and celebration with many other fellow Museum patrons! Please consider table sponsorship(s) at the $3,000 level or above.

4. Purchase a Dinner Seat

We look forward to seeing you at our banquet as we recognize the significant achievements of our distinguished honorees. Purchase a dinner seat at $300 and join us for an evening of fine dining and celebration!

5. Purchase an Advertisement Page

Turn your support into a take-home keepsake by purchasing an advertisement page in our commemorative program book. Send a personalized, congratulatory message to the honorees, promote your business and/or product, or use the space to brand your creativity! Act fast so you can reserve the highly-coveted front and back covers!

6. Join the 888 CAM Circle

As the number suggests, the 888 CAM Circle will include no more than 888 members who will each donate a minimum of $888 in support of the Museum’s expansion project. Your membership to the 888 CAM Circle will aid in CAM’s growth while securing your legacy with this important cultural institution.

7. Donate Silent Auction Items

A donation from your company, store, and/or restaurant to the event’s Silent Auction will help support CAM while serving as a great advertisement for your business! Personal donations are also welcomed and sincerely appreciated.

8. Volunteer at the Banquet

Your time and assistance is valuable to the success of the Banquet. Become a volunteer and get a behind-the-scenes experience of our annual dinner! Volunteer opportunities vary from pre-event preparations, event-day assistance and post-event wrap up. Sign up today by contacting (213) 485-8863 or

9. Involve a friend

Are your friends and/or family members familiar with the Chinese American Museum? Support CAM by introducing them to the Museum and getting them involved with this year’s Historymakers Banquet at any level or combination of levels provided on this list.

10. Donate at any level

We would love to see you at our Banquet, but if you are unable to attend the dinner, please consider supporting the event through a donation at any level. Your generous contributions and support in the Museum project allows us to continue achieving our mission and serving the community.