V3con is days away and we’re kicking it off with the Opening Awards Reception at the Pacific Asia Museum, pictured above! Although we’ve revealed the three “V” award recipients here, we want to share a little more about the presenters themselves.
Keith Chow will present the Vision Award to Jeff Yang. Chow is a comic book artist and co-editor of “Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology” and its sequel “Shattered”, which is available in stores this fall. “Secret Identities” is the first graphic novel collection of original stories featuring superheroes from the perspective of Asian America. Chow is manages social media for the Secret Identities Universe, including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. You can find out more at secretidentities.org.
Gordon Tokumatsu will present the Visibility Award to Lisa Ling. Tokumatsu is an Emmy award-winning reporter for NBC4. He has covered many breaking stories throughout his career including one that sparked national interest about an LAPD officer who, instead of assisting an elderly woman across the street, gave her a ticket for moving too slowly in a crosswalk. Tokumatsu has also reported from the bridge of the NASA space shuttle and the cockpit of an F-16 fighter jet.
Phil Yu will also present the Visibility Award to David Choi. Yu is the founder and editor of popular Asian American news and culture blog, Angry Asian Man. He started the blog in 2001 and since built a steady readership. Yu currently serves on the board of Visual Communications and Projekt Newspeak. You can read his blog at www.angryasianman.com.
Finally, Tamlyn Tomita will present the Voice Award to Jocelyn “Joz” Wang. Tomita is an actress and appeared in numerous feature films, television and theatre projects. She made her onscreen debut as Kumiko in “The Karate Kid, Part II” and is also known for her role as Waverly in Wayne Wang’s “The Joy Luck Club”. She also played Kana, a Hawai’i plantation worker in Kayo Hatta’s “Picture Bride” and appeared in Alan Parker’s “Come See the Paradise”, opposite Dennis Quaid. Tomita has also held recurring roles on television shows including “Glee”, “Law and Order: Los Angeles”, “24″, “Stargate: Atlantis”, and “General Hospital”.
We hope to see everyone there on Friday night!