Uniqlo’s Tadashi Yanai, the Aga Khan, Dev Patel and More Honored by Asia Society

Far from being the omnipresent catch phrase, “game changers,” as seen and celebrated by The Asia Society, magnified forces in fashion, film, music and activism.
The work of the Aga Khan, Afghanistan rapper and activist Sonita Alizadeh, “The Eagle Huntress” Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Uniqlo founder and Fast Retailing chairman, president and chief executive officer Tadashi Yanai and others was honored by more than 1,000 supporters at Cipriani Downtown Wednesday night. Reading from a speech he’d written on the plane on his smartphone, another Game Changer winner, the actor Dev Patel, said, “Today I felt like I really wanted to represent not just Indian men or British Asian actors but I hope to represent people of all colors, creeds and classes, not just the arts but in any occupation that feels difficult to get a foothold in.”
The gala was intertwined with musical performances, including one from Wu Tong, a member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The cellist was saluted for “using his gifts, musical and otherwise, to build bridges between countries and cultures,” which is in line with Asia Society’s 60-year-plus legacy. Alizadeh rapped softly to relay her thanks, noting that 15 million girls are forced to marry each year.
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