The V3con Awards
The three “V” awards given at V3con reflect the strengths that are required to help Asian American Pacific Islanders become accepted and acknowledged as a significant force in media. These recipients have contributed their talents to help all of us raise our profile in the mainstream.
This year’s award recipients are:
Vision Award: Jeff Yang
(presented by Keith Chow, comic book artist and co-editor, “Secret Identities”)
This award is given for a career spent covering and promoting Asian America. Jeff Yang has been doing that since before the digital age when he helped found aMagazine, and continuing through a series of books chronicling Asian American pop culture and “Tao Jones,” an influential online column published in the Wall Street Journal. The second volume of Yang’s graphic novel compilation, “Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology” will be published this fall.
Visibility Awards: Lisa Ling and David Choi
(Lisa Ling presented by Gordon Tokumatsu, reporter, NBC4 Los Angeles; David Choi presented by Phil Yu, blogger, Angry Asian Man)
The Visibility Award honorees are media personalities and artists, who are helping Asian Americans become accepted as part of the mainstream pop culture, not exotic outsiders. Lisa Ling is one of highest-profile Asian American journalists, having been a co-host of “The View,” host of “National Geographic Explorer” and special correspondent for CNN and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Ling’s documentary series, “Our America with Lisa Ling” premiered on OWN: Oprah Winfrey in February 2011. David Choi epitomizes the striking success of Asian American performers forging independent career paths using non-traditional channels such as YouTube. He has over 1 million subscribers and over 100 million video views that reflect his popularity.
Voice Award: Jocelyn “Joz” Wang
(presented by Tamlyn Tomita, actress)
The Voice Award is given to a recipient who leads by example to give voice to Asian Americans, and helps others find their voice. Joz Wang has been a pioneering blogger both within the blogger community and through her own blog, busy social media identity and her leadership role in 8Asians, one of the most influential Asian American blogs and a must-read for the entire community.
Opening Night performers
We’re thrilled to have three very talented Asian American performers showcasing their talent at V3con’s Opening Awards Reception:
Jane Lui is a classically trained singer-songwriter who’s establishing a reputation as one of the premier talents in the Asian American musical community, worthy of breaking into the mainstream.
Andrew Figueroa Chiang is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who performs in the area both solo and with his band, the Blazing Rays of the Sun.
Ipo Pharr (E-PO FAR) is a young singer-songwriter born and raised in Hawai’i, who has recently released an EP and is performing both solo and with a band at area venues as well as festivals such as Bonnaroo.
Our hosts, the Pacific Asia Museum
Since 1971, Pacific Asia Museum has advanced intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. In today’s increasingly global world, intercultural understanding is ever more necessary and Pacific Asia Museum plays an important role in bringing together people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in the 21st century.