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CAPE Caps And Celebrates Its 25th Year Of
Success Advocating & Nurturing The Role of
Asian American/Pacific Islanders & Their Integration
Into The Entertainment Business In Hollywood
 

Michelle Sugihara,CAPE's Executive Director & Adele Yoshioka,Co-chair CAPE
 
The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), the advocate for Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the entertainment industry, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The event took place late October and was attended by entertainment executives as well as many stars of film, television, digital and music including Anna Akana, Tia Carrere, D-trix, James Hong, Kelly Hu, Randall Park, Freddie Wong, Constance Wu, Steven Yuen among others.

Michelle K. Sugihara, Executive Director of CAPE, said: "For a quarter of a century, CAPE has promoted and nurtured Asian American and Pacific Islanders who are among the most creative and influential change-makers in Hollywood. In a time when diversity and inclusion are finally more than buzz words, and as the entertainment industry scrambles for more inclusive leaders and stories, CAPE looks forward to cultivating the rich talent pool within our community and to becoming an effective resource of AAPI talent for the industry."

Behind every organization are the troopers, the solid foot soldiers without whom organizations would falter. One such fixture at CAPE is Adele Yoshioka, who has served as co-chair and has been a board member for the 25 years of CAPE's existence! From gala planning to fundraising, Adele's passion, commitment, and dedication to CAPE's mission of championing AAPI diversity remain unparalleled.

"CAPE has been an important part of my life for 25 years, and there are so many people to thank, like [CAPE Board Member Emeritus] Jusak Yang Bernhard who have given their heart, time, and expertise to help us along the way to success," Ms. Yoshioka reflects. "It's been worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears Wenda, Fritz, and I have devoted into making CAPE one of the most relevant AAPI non-profits championing and advancing diversity in entertainment and media."

Adele's first career in the entertainment field was as a successful dancer/actress/model in many films, TV and stage shows. A few of the directors and choreographers she has worked with are Bob Fosse, John Huston, Norman Jewison, and Gene Kelly. As an actress, her most memorable role was as Clint Eastwood's girlfriend in Magnum Force. Her second and current career is in international film distribution, specializing in contract and sales administration. She has been an executive at Image Organization, Behavior Worldwide, CineTel Films, and is now with Nu Image/Millennium Films where she is the Vice President of International Distribution.

CAPE's 25th Anniversary Gala was held at the recently-restored film palace, The Belasco Theater, in downtown Los Angeles. The evening featured exciting presentations exploring the past, present and future of CAPE and AAPIs in entertainment, including remarks by Twitch.tv's co-founder Justin Kan and COO Kevin Lin. Additionally, David Kwong, magician, mentalist, and Hollywood consultant for Now You See Me and Blindspot performed a short act. The after-party featured dance music spun by some of the top DJs in Los Angeles.

The up-and-coming and established in entertainment enjoyed the festivities
at The Belasco Theater with delicious sampling from Kikka Sushi.

 

 

About CAPE
Founded in 1991 by entertainment executives Wenda Fong, Fritz Friedman and Chris Lee, CAPE champions diversity by educating, connecting and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.

As one of the first diversity-focused groups in Hollywood, CAPE is proud to be the longest-running, largest and most influential meeting place for AAPIs in the entertainment industry. Today, CAPE's Board of directors is comprised of many active and successful film, television, and digital professionals with an Advisory Council comprised of acclaimed, award-winning artists such as Ang Lee, John Woo, Dean Devlin, David Henry Hwang, Richard Sakai, Lou Diamond Phillips and BD Wong.

CAPE has increased its outreach and influence to millions of people, and has fostered and advanced many entertainment careers. Programs like CAPE's #IAM Campaign (www.youtube.com/CAPE), New Writers Fellowship (https://capeusa.org/programs/new-writers-fellowship/), educational programs, lectures, industry screenings and social events have created an extraordinary network for AAPIs in the industry. CAPE is committed to giving voice and a forum to emerging and established writers, producers, directors, agents, executives and other talent, and has helped to improve the landscape, relevance and empowerment of AAPIs in the entertainment industry.


 
 

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