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The 2011 NetKAL Gala, held at the California Science Center, brought together 500 extraordinary leaders for a night of celebrations and networking. To include a quote from this USC article : David Eun, a NetKAL advisor and former president of AOL Media and Studios, recognized Asian-American pioneers in entertainment and media, many of whom were in attendance at the Gala, as a tribute to the progress they have made in the industry. “There’s a perception out there that Asian Americans and Korean Americans are invisible in the entertainment and media world,” Eun said. “In recent years, however, we have seen increasing numbers of Asian-American decision makers in entertainment and media business and on the screen. Even more exciting is that this seems to be happening at a faster rate, especially with the advent of new technology platforms.” Featured Chefs David Cho and Joanne Purnell of Good Gracious! treated guests with a taste of Korean cuisine through their fusion dishes and performers Kim Tae Woo, G.NA and David Choi showcased their music for the enjoyment of the audience as well. The Gala truly set the momentum for Saturday’s NetKAL Summit. NetKAL Fellows and Advisors did a wonderful job facilitating the various discussions throughout the day. Highlights from the Summit include: a keynote address with special video sneak preview by Miky Lee (Vice Chair, CJ Entertainment), a heated panel debate on diversity between Ken Mok and Warrington Hudlin, and keynote remarks from Byung-Kook Kim, President of the Korea Foundation. The Summit concluded with a Networking Dinner in Koreatown and an informal Sunday Gathering (led by NetKAL Advisor Tim Haahs). Details of the program can be found at www.netkalsummit.org .