25th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala (2021)

The Chinese American Museum proudly announces our 25th Annual Historymakers Awards Gala on Thursday, December 16, 2021. The gala’s theme, Collective Resilience: Rising in Unity highlights our honorees’ achievements in amplifying the voices of the Asian American communities through representation and advocacy in media and civic engagement.

This virtual event is free to join. To register, please visit: https://camla.org/historymakers2021





Artists At Play
Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Visionary Award

AAP is a Los Angeles based theater-producing collective dedicated to programming that explores the Asian American experience. Since 2011, they have produced theatre that demonstrates the humanity and complexity of many diverse communities. They seek to champion and uplift Asian American artists who give voice to our past, present, and future while continuing to add new Asian American and Pacific Islander narratives to the canon of American theatre. As theatremakers, art is AAP’s tool for activism and pathway to justice.



Esther Louie Henry
Excellence in Leadership and Philanthropy Award

With a background in education, Esther has had a life and career dedicated to community service and fostering the development of students and cultural organizations alike through involvement with the L.A. Unified School district, Chinatown Service Center, Chinese American Citizen Alliance, and Los Angeles International Lions Club. Esther, along with her husband Dan Louie Jr., were founding patrons of the Friends of the Chinese American Museum, working alongside other founders to turn the vision of the Chinese American Museum into a reality with its opening in 2003. Join us in recognizing Esther’s legacy of leadership and philanthropy.


James Hong
Dr. Dan S. Louie Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

James Hong has appeared in more than 600 different television shows and motion pictures in a career that spans seven decades and is unmatched in the entertainment industry. Most recently, he was named to receive a star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, one of less than 20 Asian American performers ever to receive the honor. Today, he is one of America’s most recognizable actors. Join us in recognizing and celebrating his continued legacy of furthering Asian American stories in media.


The Honorable Michael Woo
Civic Leadership Award

Michael Woo began his political career as a California State Senator staff member, and was eventually elected to the Los Angeles City Council, becoming the first Asian American, the first urban planner, and the youngest person on the Council. While in office, he spearheaded the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan and was the first city official to demand a change in leadership in the LAPD in the aftermath of the 1992 LA Riots. He has since made impacts in academia, community organizations, and City of LA development.



Gigi Yam
International Impact Award

Immigrating to the United States from Hong Kong at the age of 14, Gigi Yam has been a fixture in radio and TV media ever since 2007. She has worked with AM1430 radio station, TVB, Sky Link TV, and serves as a partner for the PR/marketing company Image Media Guru. Beyond her work in media, Gigi is deeply involved in volunteer and philanthropic efforts in the Chinese community and has used her platform to be an outspoken advocate in the fight against anti-Asian hate at rallies and public events.



Eugene Moy
President’s Award

Eugene’s passion for public history and historic preservation led him to become active in the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Friends of the Chinese American Museum, and other organizations. He retired after over 35 years in planning and economic development for Los Angeles County. Moy is a native of Chinatown and a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.

Honorary Dinner Co-Chairs

Bing Liu
Tina He

Event Co-Chairs

Jim Jang
Lai Y. Lillian Lee Jang


Platinum Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Dr. Carl and Linda Moy Foundation Cultural Foundations of Zhengdai He U.S.A.
Robert & Esther Louie Henry Jim & Lily Jang
Lai Y. Lillian Lee Jang Larry Jung
Susanna & Evans Lam
Ed Lew Supervisor Hilda Solis
The Honorable Michael Woo & Laurie Dowling Winston & Joanne Young
Bing Liu

Silver Sponsors

May Jang Jenny Lin
June Y. Mei
Eugene Moy & Susan Sing Albert Young & Yvonne Yiu
Al & Bibiana Y. Soo-Hoo    Doré Hall Wong 

Table Sponsors

The Honorable Mike Eng Peter Ng
John & Sarah Kobara Family Foundation Annie Chin Siu, D.D.S. Exact Tax, Inc. 

Friendship Sponsors

Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles

Dorothy Hall Tamashiro
Paul & Christina Chang Dr. Cheryl Ney
Lisa Lau Steph Lo
Dr. Tony Q. & Carolyn Hong Chan Gigi Yam    
Dorothy Hall Tamashiro Jeffrey Louie