CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) held its 20th anniversary gala on Nov. 12 at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
The evening was a celebration of CAPE’s achievements over the last two decades as well as Hollywood’s groundbreaking talents of today. The black-tie affair was filled with red-carpet celebrities, networking, silent auction items, a dinner catered by the An family of Crustacean, and performances by The LXD and YTF.
The following awards were presented for promoting positive portrayals of Asian Pacific Americans and more APA representation in front of and behind the camera:
• Actress Maggie Q, star of the action-thriller TV series “Nikita,” received the New Horizons Award, presented by actor Justin Long (“Going the Distance,” “He’s Just Not That Into You”).
• Jusak Yang Bernhard, producer of the film “Hundred Percent” and an actor whose credits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI,” received the Outstanding Service Award, presented by CAPE Co-chair Adele Yoshioka and actress Tamlyn Tomita (“Law & Order: Los Angeles”).
• Leo Chu and Eric S. Garcia, producers of Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas,” received the Visionary Award, presented by “Star Trek” actor George Takei, who plays Hologramps on “Supah Ninjas,” and actress Kelly Hu (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Army Wives”), who had a recurring role in the first season of “Hawaii Five-0.”
• The producers and cast of “Hawaii Five-0” received the Outstanding Drama Award, presented by CBS President Nina Tassler. Accepting on behalf of the show were producers Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci and cast member Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho.
• Ryan Higa, creator of the popular YouTube channel Nigahiga, received the Trailblazer Award, presented by YouTube’s Bing Chen. Higa is known for such videos as “How to Be Ninja” and “How to Be Gangster,” and starred with Sean Fujiyoshi in the film “Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure.”
For more information on CAPE, which also presents the New Writers Awards, visit www.capeusa.org.