Kollaboration to mark 20 years of promoting AAPI artists
INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau
November 25, 2020 at 11:17 am

LOS ANGELES –  Star-studded online shoutouts, guest appearances, and “incredible performances” will celebrate Kollaboration’s two decades of promoting Asian and Pacific Islander American talents in media and entertainment Dec. 12.

The show will feature special guest performances by rapper Ruby Ibarra, singer-songwriter Megan Lee, musician and YouTuber David Choi, singer-songwriter CLARA, co-founder of Kinjaz and former Jabbawockeez member Ben Chung, and renowned violinist Jason Yang.

Kollaboration has hosted over 170 live events spotlighting over 1,200 AAPI performers in its STAR Showcases and over 1,500 industry professionals and influencers through its annual EMPOWER conferences.

Some of the organization’s alumni, performers, and supporters include actor Randall Park, actor Steven Yeun, comedianAli Wong, actress and rapper Awkwafina, comedian Jo Koy, music band Run River North, hip hop group Far East Movement, K-Pop artist Eric Nam, and rapper Dumbfoundead.

“We are at a critical moment to advance equitable opportunities for AAPI artists and creatives in the entertainment industry,” says Roy Choi, Kollaboration’s board  chair. “With recent awareness and commitments to diversity, inclusion, and equity, Kollaboration is positioned to advance the talents and stories of AAPI artists and strengthen our collective voices to empower through entertainment.”

National entertainment companies HBO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Studios partner with Kollaboration as Legacy Sponsors to celebrate achievements in diversity over the years. In addition, Kwon Orthodontics of La Canada, California joins as a Celebration Sponsor to support Kollaboration’s 20th Anniversary event.

“At HBO, we are honored to be one of the industry players leading the conversation around diversity in the media,” said Jackie Gagne, SVP Multicultural Marketing at WarnerMedia. “As a Legacy sponsor, HBO has shared Kollaboration’s mission to elevate the work of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as introduce and connect talented newcomers to the industry. Now more than ever we want to continue elevating unique, bold and emerging talent.”

The virtual celebration will be free to attend on December 12, 2020 at 3 p.m PST using Facebook and YouTube Live. To RSVP for the event, visit https://www.kollaboration.org/  To find out information about Kollaboration, visit:https://www.kollaboration.org/

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