On Saturday evening (May 18), the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center held its first annual event in Los Angeles to raise awareness about the many contributions of APAs, announce the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Keystone Initiative and raise funds for a permanent Asian Pacific American gallery at the Smithsonian.
One of the four honorees of the night was Jay Park, who was presented with the Game Changer award for his work as an artist, songwriter, choreographer and entrepreneur. “I’m going to continue to try to put on and continue to try to break barriers and push limits and remain humble and just be a good human being,” he said while accepting his award. He also treated the crowd to a five-song set, including tunes “Justin Bieber,” “All I Wanna Do,” “Mommae,” “K-TOWN” and “Yacht.”
Others honored at the event included Chef Helena An and the An Family, Grammy-nominated R&B jazz band Hiroshima and Vivek Ranadive, founder of TIBCO and Sacramento Kings owner. Crazy Rich Asians singer Katherine Ho and rock band Andy Suzuki & the Method also took the stage for performances.
Watch Park’s acceptance speech and performance above.