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John Cho to Receive Lexus Legacy Award at 19th Annual Unforgettable Gala Presented by Lexus

Also earning top honors is actor Simu Liu, star of  Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,  who will receive the Breakout in Film Award recognizing a rising talent who has impacted audiences around the world. Liu  who starred in the award winning Canadian series  Kim s Convenience  has been noted as the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Sang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be recognized with the Vanguard Award  celebrating a seminal work of film or TV that reshapes the entertainment landscape  while the 88rising collective and its founder Sean Miyashiro will be honored with the Change maker Award. Asian Americans have made tremendous strides in the arts entertainment and culturem with more representation than ever before  which the Unforgettable Awards is proud to celebrate  said James Ryu m publisher at Character Media and founder of the Unforgettable Gala. At the same time  given the increase in anti mAsian sentiment and violence during the past two years  we hope this night will remind us of our strength and pride  while also inspiring our community to continue to rise above.

The gala themed Rise  will be hosted by Good Trouble star and comedian Sherry Cola. Other confirmed award winners include Maitreya Ramakrishna Breakout in TV  Sandra Oh Actor in TV Justin Chon Actor in Film Destin Daniel Cretton Director Jason Y. Lee Digital Influence Jimmy O. Yang Comedy Adele Lim Writer Shohei Ohtani Perchance Athlete on Another Level and Andrew and Peggy Cherng of Panda Restaurant Group Community Impact. Led by selection committee chairperson Daniel Dae Kim, award winners were determined and voted on by leading experts who represent various fields and creative disciplines  including film  television, music, sports, digital content and philanthropy. Kim will be joined by Ashley Park as this years keynote speakers. Also presenting awards are Benedict Wong, Fala Chen Leonardo Nam  Elodie Yung  Kelly Mi Li  Bobby Hundred  Janet Yang, Alan Yang, Amanda Nguyen Bao Nguyen and Alex and Maia Shibutani. The 19th Annual Unforgettable Gala will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills Calif  on December 11  2021. This year performers include NIKI MC Jin Audrey Nuna  AJ Rafael and Korean Soul

This years event is made possible thanks to the generosity of Lexus the galas returning presenting sponsor.

Lexus is thrilled to support the Unforgettable Gala  said Vinay Shahani Lexus VP of Marketing. We are proud to join the API community in honoring the amazing individuals who are leading the way in API representation and visibility. Additional event sponsors include Jose on Empire Panda Restaurant Group J&K Gouw Foundation M&L Hong Foundation Pechanga Resort Casino  Le Mieux The Coca Cola Company and Remy Martin. Guests will enjoy curated Cognac cocktails courtesy of Remy Martin during the reception and after party and an exclusive tasting menu, curated by Panda Inn  at the after party.

About The Unforgettable Gala
The Unforgettable Gala was created by James Ry u founder and publisher of the award winning magazines Kore Am Journal, Audrey Magazine  and Kore Asian Media now a subsidiary of Imperial Family Companies  that highlight Asian American change makers who are making their mark. Founded in 2002 the black tie affair celebrates Asian Pacific Islander celebrities influences and leaders who have contributed to arts, entertainment and culture. For more information on the Unforgettable Gala and how to be a sponsor please visit Unforgettable Gala.com.

About Character Media
Character Media has been the premier source of news and events for the Asian American entertainment community for more than 30 years through its predecessors Kore Asian Media Kore Am Journal and Audrey Magazine. Character Media traces its roots back to 1990 when it was founded by Jung Sig Ry u and his son  current publisher James Ryu under the name Kore Am Journal.

About Lexus
Lexus passion for brave design, imaginative technology  and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then  Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States Lexus vehicles are sold through 243 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models one F SPORT Performance model and one F model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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