AceShowbiz -“Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu has been celebrated at his alma mater with a scholarship established in his name.
The filmmaker is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts’ Class of 2003, and has since gone on to achieve global success with projects like concert documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” and its 2013 follow-up, “Justin Bieber’s Believe“, “Now You See Me 2“, and the record-breaking summer smash, “Crazy Rich Asians”.
His achievements have inspired fellow USC alumnus Karen Wong and Scott Lee to launch the Jon M. Chu Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (APAA) Cinematic Arts Scholarship to benefit students with a focus on Asian Pacific culture in film, TV, and interactive media, reports Deadline.com.
“I could not be more honoured to have my name included in this beautiful scholarship,” Jon shares in a statement. “This has been an unbelievable year for me and our community, but Karen Wong and Scott Lee’s generous endowment might be the most important of them all because now that doors are a little more open we are gonna need more directors, writers, storytellers to fill the gap and tell our stories.”
Elizabeth Daley, the dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, adds: “We could not be more proud of Jon and are so happy for his recent success with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. We are also very grateful to Karen Wong and Scott Lee for the establishment of this new scholarship as it will support students who have meaningful and rich stories to tell about Asian cultures.”
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