Emcee: Kara Wang - Actress
Kara Wang is thrilled to be invited to be your MC for the 21st AAPA Annual Gala. An LA native, Kara is a bilingual and bicultural actress who has returned back to Los Angeles after 5 years of working in Asia. During that time, she acted in over 20 Chinese film and television productions, including Caught in the Web by the renowned Chinese director Chen Kaige.
In 2015, Kara relocated back to Los Angeles. She can currently be seen recurring on Freeform's Good Trouble and Amazon's Goliath. She will next be seen on the big screen in the highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick (2021) and as the lead in the independent feature The Calm Beyond.
Kara is thrilled to be included in the AAPA family and is looking forward to joining the conversation of highlighting and elevating Asian American professionals.
Keynote Speaker: Krista Marie Yu, Actress
Krista Marie Yu was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Krista came back to California to be near her family and pursue her acting career in Los Angeles. She is best known for playing Ken Jeong’s daughter on Dr. Ken and Tim Allen’s live-in exchange student on Last Man Standing. Krista is a proud ambassador for Lupus LA and Saving Our Daughters Cinderellas Program. She actively supports childhood illness awareness and opportunities for all children. She is passionate about diverse representation and looks up to her extraordinary mentors who have paved the way.
Keynote Speaker: Suzy Nakamura, Actress
Chicago native Suzy Nakamura began her career in the touring company of The Second City and then opened The Second City Detroit.
Suzy has over 100 television and film credits, including Dr. Ken with Ken Jeong. She’s had recurring roles on The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, Black-ish, Bob’s Burgers, The Goldbergs, Tacoma FD, and Dead to Me. Currently, she can be seen playing Iris on HBO’S Avenue 5.
Her film credits include Hollywood hits, but she is most proud of smaller independents like Afternoon Delight, Strawberry Fields, Treasure Island, and Timecode.