USC Pacific Asia Museum Honors Chinese Art Collectors Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, Fashion Designer Tadashi Shoji at Gala

Ellen Wong, Visionary Artist Award recipient Tadashi Shoji, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. Nikias, Legacy Award recipients Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, USC PAM Director Christina YuYu and Dominic NgVisionary Artist Award recipient Tadashi Shoji, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. Nikias, and USC PAM Director Christina YuYuUSC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. Nikias, Lagacy Award recipients Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Dr. Tei Fu Chen, and USC PAM Director Christina YuYuUSC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. Nikias, Visionary Artist Award recipient Tadashi Shoji, Legacy Artist Award recipients Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, and USC PAM Director Christina YuYuUSC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. NikiasUSC PAM Director Christina YuYu and Visionary Artist Award recipient Tadashi ShojiUSC President C. L. Max Nikias and Legacy Artist Award recipients Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Dr. Tei-Fu ChenUSC Celebrity Ambassadors from ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat Forrest Wheeler, Hudson Yang, and Ian Chen.Tadashi Shoji LoungeTadashi Shoji LoungeRun River NorthGayle and Ed RoskiEllen Wong and USC Trustee Dominic NgGuests viewing silent auctionGuests viewing silent auctionGuests viewing silent auctionTadashi Shoji gown for live auctionTadashi Shoji and Kristin HoppeGayle Roski, Christina YuYu, Niki C. NikiasCongresswoman Judy Chu and Christina YuYuGengee DJUSC Trustee Ed Roski and Niki C. NikiasMayor Terry Tornek and Maria Masconi, Steven McLeod and Kelly Sutherlin McLeodRun River North PerformingI-ping Hou, artist Marcos Lutyens, Robert and Judy AbelesChristina YuYu closing remarksUSC PAM Gala 2017

Story by USC PAM | Photography by VANESSA PREZIOSE

4:54 pm | June 15, 2017


On Saturday, June 10, 2017, art lovers, donors, and collectors from throughout Southern California gathered to support USC Pacific Asia Museum and the arts at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. The occasion honored Legacy Award recipients, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen of the Chen Art Gallery, and Visionary Artist Award recipient Tadashi Shoji, Creative Director of his eponymous fashion label.

The evening began with a reception and silent auction, and continued with dinner and program in the Huntington Ballroom. Opening remarks by USC PAM Director Christina YuYu included a video highlighting the exciting work being done during the museum’s year-long seismic renovation of its historic building. Auctioneer Mark Thomas and Celebrity Ambassador Hudson Yang from ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat led the Paddle Auction. USC President C. L. Max Nikias introduced the Legacy Award recognizing Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen’s support of the museum and contribution to Asian arts and culture throughout the region. Entertainment for the gala included a live DJ performance by Gingee and a four-song-set by indie music artists Run
River North.

Along with the gala sponsors, live and silent auctions of donated items – ranging from a custom beaded gown by Tadashi Shoji to a staycation at the The Langham Huntington Hotel – helped the museum raise nearly half a million dollars to support USC PAM operations and arts programming. This fundraising event is part of the historic Campaign for USC, a multi-year effort to secure private support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations that will touch and transform every aspect of the university.

The USC PAM Gala Committee members included Edward Cai, Margaret Leong Checca, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, East West Bank, Marcia Anne Good, Howard and Norma Lee, Stephen Lesser, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA and Steven B. McLeod, Mei-Lee Ney, Gayle and Ed Roski, Joan A. Payden, Dean Avishai Sadan and the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Mrs. Joan Travis and USC Office of the Provost.

About Dr. Tei-Fu Chen & Dr. Oi-Lin Chen

Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen are among the most highly respected private collectors of Chinese art and antiquities in the world. In 2000, the Chens channeled their lifelong passion for preserving Chinese art and antiquities into the Chen Art Gallery, which is one of the finest privately-owned collections of Chinese art. The gallery features more than 1,000 artifacts spanning 5,000 years of Chinese history. Visitors to the nonprofit museum in Torrance, Calif., will view a Qing dynasty imperial throne room, a Ming dynasty bedroom, jade carvings, ancient pottery, and imperial porcelains. The Chens hope the gallery will nurture a greater understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture, art, and history.

Drs. Chen are also devoted USC Pacific Asia Museum supporters. In addition to loaning rare objects for recent exhibitions, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen joined PAM’s Board of Councilors in 2016. Dr. Tei-Fu Chen is the Chairman and CEO of Sunrider International, a California-based global health & wellness company. Together with his wife, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, who is Sunrider International’s President, they have expanded the company’s operations to 42 countries.

About Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji is an acclaimed fashion designer whose amazing artistry is worn by women all over the world, from walking the red carpet to the halls of the White House. A native of Sendai, Japan, Mr. Shoji discovered fashion design when he moved to America in 1973 and began creating elaborate costumes for stars like Elton John and Stevie Wonder. In 1982, Mr. Shoji founded the Tadashi Shoji collection to design dresses for women who want to feel like superstars in their own lives.

Today, Tadashi Shoji’s clothing line is carried online and in more than 1,000 major department and specialty stores worldwide, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale’s. He also has boutiques in cities across the globe, including, Shanghai, Jakarta and Glendale, CA and is currently launching three more stores in the US in Pennsylvania and Texas. Tadashi Shoji’s fashion label is becoming a full lifestyle brand, adding handbags, lingerie, shape wear and children’s clothing to their already existing repertoire, and most recently launched its first fragrance, Eau de Rose. The Los Angeles-based designer’s celebrity clients include, Grammy-nominated singer Katy Perry, Chinese film superstar Fan Bingbing, and Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who wore a Tadashi Shoji gown when she accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2012.

About USC PAM

USC Pacific Asia Museum is Southern California’s only museum exclusively devoted to the arts of Asia and the Pacific, and the only U.S. university museum dedicated to the subject. Since 1971, the museum’s mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia
and the Pacific Islands. USC Pacific Asia Museum Board of Councilors are Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, Margaret Leong-Checca, Stephen O. Lesser, Sang Pil Nam Mendoza, Mei-Lee Ney, and Mi Sun “Sunny” Oh. http://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/