LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — Asia Society, a New York – headquartered non-profit organization that focuses on educating the world about Asia, announced Friday it will host the 9th U.S.-China Entertainment Summit on Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.
A press release issued by the global organization said famous actress Michelle Yeoh, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, and Elizabeth Daley, Dean of the University of South California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) for twenty-five years, will be honorees in the summit.
Among the Summit’s featured speakers are The Meg Director Jon Turteltaub; Jiang Wei, CEO of Legendary East; and Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios.
Janet Yang, Chair of the meeting and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was quoted by the press release as saying that the event comes at a time of important milestones in U.S.-China entertainment collaboration.
“Michelle’s iconic status is well known, but she outdid herself with her Oscar-worthy performance in Crazy Rich Asians,” Yang said. “We will undoubtedly look back on 2018 as a game-changing year for Asians and Asian Americans because of Kevin Tsujihara and Warner Bros.”
He also praised Elizabeth Daley’s steady and brilliant job building a robust people-to-people relationship between China, saying it “transcends anything Washington can do.”
Michelle Yeoh is a world famous actress, producer and writer, who won hearts through memorable roles in films such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies, Memoirs of a Geisha and most recently, Crazy Rich Asians.
Crazy Rich Asians, released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States this August, is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian American cast in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.
This movie has grossed over 221 million U.S. dollars worldwide till this month, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade.