This year MANAA honors Writer/Producer David E. Kelley for giving the Ling Woo (Lucy Liu) character humanity and making her a regular on "Ally McBeal," and "Nightline" for exploring the negative effect the DNC Fundraising and Chinese spy scandals were having on Chinese Americans and for discussing Asian American media stereotypes.
"We've had a busy year working with the NAACP media coalitions, addressing the lack of minorities on the new television shows introduced this past season," says Guy Aoki, President and Co-Founder of MANAA. "The campaign has resulted in unprecedented agreements from the networks to seek out minority talent to fill their creative and executive ranks at all levels. It's a great time to look back on the progress Asian Americans have made in the media and to thank those who've made a positive difference."
The gala event will be held at the Gourmet Carousel Restaurant, 911 N. Broadway, with VIP reception beginning at 5 pm, no-host cocktails at 6 pm, and dinner at 7 pm.
The evening's Silent Auction will feature two roundtrip, business class tickets from Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York to Hong Kong courtesy of Cathay Pacific Airways.
This year MANAA will also begin awarding two $1000 college scholarships to Asian/Pacific Islander American students seeking to promote better images of Asian Americans through their work in the media.
Founded in 1992, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) is the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring all facets of the media, advocating balanced, sensitive and positive coverage and portrayals of Asian Pacific Americans.
For further event information please call Guy Aoki at 213-486-4433 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The complete press release for this event is available here: http://janet.org/~manaa/dinner7.html .