Steve Chen, who co-founded YouTube in 2005, is being honored by the Northern California Asia Society in San Francisco May 5 at the Four Seasons. According to Asianweek, Chen is “credited with developing the company’s massive data centers and helping build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination and one of the most popular Web sites on the Internet today.”

Another local Asian-American entrepreneur being honored by the Northern California Asia Society is Dr. Naren Gupta, co-founder and managing director of Nexus Venture Capital and SF Hep B Free. Nexus Venture Capital “invests in innovative companies to serve both the Indian and the global markets,” according to the Asia Society.

SF Hep Free, the Asia Society notes, “has put San Francisco at the forefront of the nation in fighting chronic hepatitis B, a disease that disproportionately affects Asian Pacific Islanders.”

The annual dinner is ASNC’s most prestigious event and largest fundraiser of the year, notes Asian Week, and is attended by more than 350 distinguished guests including leaders in business, academia, the diplomatic corps, and media. Featured speakers of past annual dinners have included Madeleine Albright, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Nobel Laureate and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

Mayor Ed Lee has been invited as keynote speaker to this year’s dinner.

Sponsorships begin at $5,000. Individual tickets are available for $275. 

Andrew Lam is author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres."