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HARMONY & BLISS 2021 "WE我們: The Future"

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021

6:30 PM PST Virtual Gala

Chinese Culture Center (CCC) invites you to the Harmony & Bliss 2021 Virtual Gala, celebrating 56 years of community service.

The theme of this year’s gala is “WE我們: The Future.” In a time of unprecedented challenge, healing, and mobilization in the Asian American community, we believe that art and artists are integral to a just and equitable future. We invite you to join in honoring trailblazers who have made a significant impact through their commitment to community and paved a path for future generations.

Celebrate the community’s achievements in recovery and the art and creativity that inspires, uplifts, and brings hope during a crisis. We will have special guests, an online auction, and videos specially produced for the occasion.

​CCC, under the aegis of the Chinese Culture Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

For questions about the gala, sponsorship opportunities, or in-kind donations please contact Elka Lee-Shapiro at or call 415-986-1822, ext. 101.

CCC on Sky Link TV

Tune in to watch the 30 minute pre-gala program on Sky Link TV, featuring our honorees' stories: Saturday, May 15th at 6:00-6:30 PM

Sunday, May 16th at 10:00 - 10:30 AM

You can watch LIVE on the Sky Link website, KRON 4.2 or Comcast 193. For more information on how to tune in, please visit:

2021 Honorees

Janet Yang

Trailblazer Award

A Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Hollywood producer with deep roots in China, Janet Yang also sits on the Board of Governors for the Motion Picture Academy and is Chair of the Membership and Governance Committee. Yang’s extensive film and television credits include "The Joy Luck Club”, "The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “Shanghai Calling”, “High Crimes”, “Zero Effect”, and the recent animated feature “Over the Moon” for Netflix. Yang began her career bringing Chinese cinema into North America, and then representing the Hollywood studios to broker the first sale of American films into China. This in turn led to joining Steven Spielberg on the historic production of “Empire of the Sun”.

Committed to fostering global understanding, Yang has been a long-standing member of the Committee of 100, an organization of the most prominent Chinese-Americans; an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California where she also chairs its highly regarded U.S-Asia Entertainment Summit; and co-founder of Gold House, the non-profit collective of the most influential Asian cultural leaders. She was also recently appointed as a Presidential Fellow at Loyola Marymount University.

Gene Luen Yang

Lifetime Achievement in Community Building​ Award

Gene Luen Yang is one of the most talented Chinese American writers and artists today. His graphic novel American Born Chinese was nominated for a National Book Award and won the American Library Association’s Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. His graphic novel Boxers and Saints which tackled the difficult subject of the Boxer Rebellion and Christian missionaries in China won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Young Adults literature. In 2016 Gene was a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur genius grant. His books, focused on topics as wide-ranging as math, coding, basketball, and the Ku Klux Klan, are routinely assigned in middle and high school classes.

Madeleine Lim

Lifetime Achievement in Community Building​ Award

Madeleine Lim is the founding Executive Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP). As one of a small number of queer women of color filmmakers on the international film festival circuit in the late 90's, she saw that only queer women of color would tell their own authentic stories. Decades ahead of mainstream conversations about gender and racial equity in film, she founded QWOCMAP in 2000 with the belief that a community of filmmaker-activists could change the craft of filmmaking and the leadership of social justice movements. Under Madeleine’s leadership, QWOCMAP’s award-winning Filmmaker Training Program has nurtured the creation of over 450 films, the largest catalog of LBTQ+ BIPOC films in existence.

Madeleine is an award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of experience as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Amsterdam Amnesty International Film Festival. Her work has been featured at universities, museums, and broadcast to millions on PBS. Her film Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997) remains banned in Singapore.

Photo Credit: Leilani Nespiros

Brandon Jew

Lifetime Achievement in Bridge Building​ Award

Brandon Jew is the executive chef and owner of Mister Jiu’s, a contemporary Chinese American restaurant in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Mister Jiu’s combines the local, seasonal and organic bounty of the Bay Area with classic Chinese techniques and flavors. The restaurant celebrates its place in the historic neighborhood working to evolve and define Chinese American cuisine in the Bay Area. Brandon’s training spans from Bologna, Italy to Shanghai, China and many restaurants within the Bay Area. He considers Judy Rodgers (Zuni Café), Michael Tusk (Quince) and his grandma, Ying Ying, to be his most influential mentors. Brandon has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and on Mind of a Chef, Ugly Delicious, Taste the Nation and Vice Munchies. His honors at Mister Jiu’s include one Michelin star, Bon Appetit #3 on the 2017 Hot 10, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year and James Beard nominations for Best Chef West 2018 and 2020.

Photo Credit: Pete Lee

Judy Yung

In Memoriam

Judy Yung (1946-2020) was a pioneering scholar in Chinese American and women's history. Born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown, she worked as a public librarian and community journalist before joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz, where she taught courses in Asian American history, women's studies, oral history, and mixed race. Dedicated to reclaiming Chinese American and women's history, she has written numerous award-winning books and articles about Chinese immigration and Chinese American women, including the bestseller, Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco, published in 1995. Judy produced the first book and launched a complimentary photography exhibition at the Chinese Culture Center, titled “Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History,” in 1983.

The exhibition ran for four months and then traveled to community organizations and historical societies around the country. Additionally, she served as a historical consultant to the Chinese Historical Society of America, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and many other historical and film projects. Her many awards include being National Women’s History Month Honoree in 2015; the 2007 Annie Soo Spirit Award from Chinese Historical Society of America; and the Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Asian American Studies in 2006.

Event Sponsors


Wells Fargo

Dr. Richard and Tatwina Lee

MaxBenNate Ltd


Wai Ling and Steve Eng

Gin Ho/Chase Bank

Helen Y.H. Hui

Robert Joseph Louie Memorial Fund

Daniel Riley and Irene Yee Riley

Jessica Silverman and Sarah Thornton



Cole Hardware

Tom Do Hing Foundation

Larry and Jeanne Lowe

Wesley Tongson Charitable Trust

WuHoover & Co., LLP

Charles and Laurene Wu McClain



Dick and Gretchen Evans

Buck Gee and Mary Hackenbracht

Jonas Miller and Christina Hui

Minami Tamaki LLP

Mabel S. Teng and Lawrence Ngan

Jack and Susy Wadsworth

Pausang T Wong

Ryan Young

Zheng Chongbin


City National Bank

Joan Barisone

Betty Chang

Ryan and Terri Lee

Virstan Choy and Marina Lew

Stephen Gong

David H Hall

Candace Huey

Summer Lee

Yi Liang

Vinay Patel

Kary Schulman

Anna Vorster


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