2016 Asians in America Awards Dinner



Asians in America Awards Dinner

Celebrating Asian Achievements & US-China-India Cooperation


With Asia playing an increasingly central role in global affairs, Asians in America, who bridge the cultures of the East and West, have an opportunity as never before to encourage cooperation and understanding between the United States and Asia. In launching this Awards Dinner, USCET is reaching beyond the usual bilateral narrative to promote the importance of Asia; celebrate Asian and Asian achievements in American society and international affairs; and highlight the US-China-India trilateral relationship - key to building a better and more stable global future.


At this inaugural Awards Dinner, USCET is proud to honor two outstanding Asian Americans who personify the best in Asian leadership and achievement. Dr. James S.C. Chao, philanthropist and shipping magnate; and Mr. Madhavan "MR" Rangaswami, software executive, philanthropist and community builder. 

Philanthropist and shipping magnate who founded the internationally respected Foremost Group in 1964, Dr. Chao is a global force in shipping and finance, setting worldwide industry standards in professionalism, reliability, ethics, and environmentalism. Early in his career, he became one of the youngest sea captains at age 29. He also scored number one and broke all previous records in the National Master Mariner Examination in China. In 2004, Dr. Chao was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at the United Nations. Dr. Chao and his late wife, Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, have been generous benefactors to many causes. He is the recipient of innumerable awards in recognition for his outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions to society. 

Madhavan Rangaswami, known fondly in Silicon Valley as "MR," is a software executive, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, corporate eco-strategy expert, and community builder. He has made Forbes' "Midas 100 List" twice as one of the most influential investors in technology. MR co-founded Sand Hill Group, one of the earliest "angel" investment firms, in 1997, and has nurtured promising software companies for the last two decades. In 2007 MR founded the Corporate Eco Forum, an invitation-only membership organization for Global 500 companies to promote the implementation of sustainability practices as a fundamental feature of a company's business strategy. A native of Madras, India, MR founded Indiaspora, a non-profit organization, in 2012 in his determination to give back to India and America. 

Dinner Co-Chairs

The Dinner would not be possible without the support of our Dinner Co-Chairs: the Honorable Elaine Chao, the 24th Secretary of Labor (2001-2009), and Frank Islam, entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic leaer. The late Honorable Sandy Berger, former National Security Advisor to Bill Clinton, was part of the team and will be represented by a family member at the Dinner. 

About the Evening

The Awards Dinner will take place on March 17, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, with a reception beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and remarks by Honorees and a Conversation with Ambassadors: Growing Cooperation between US-China-India, featuring distinguished diplomats. We are inviting US Ambassadors from the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, as well as sitting Asian American ambassadors to help promote understanding and cooperation among nations in Asia and to raise awareness of Asian American and Asian contributions to a better world. The event will conclude by 9:30 pm. 


For more information and to find out how you can support the Asians in America Awards Dinner, please contact awardsdinner@uscet.org or call (202) 223-6070.

You may also make a contribution to the Awards Dinner through our website here!


We look forward to seeing you there!