A Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Hollywood producer with deep roots in China, Yang is a member of the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy, as well as an Officer Chairing its Membership Committee. She was recently appointed as a Presidential Fellow at Loyola Marymount, teaching in the School of Film and Television.
Yang has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world. She came to prominence through her collaboration with Steven Spielberg on EMPIRE OF THE SUN (Warner Bros). That was followed by a long partnership with multiple Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone—where she served as Executive Producer on the iconic THE JOY LUCK CLUB (Disney), and as a Producer on the Golden Globe-winning THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (Columbia Pictures). Her most recent credit is as an Executive Producer on the Oscar-nominated animated feature, OVER THE MOON, released by Netflix based on her original story.
Among her many other credits are: the Sundance award-winning DARK MATTER with Meryl Streep; THE WEIGHT OF WATER (Lionsgate) directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow with Academy award winner Sean Penn; Fox’s HIGH CRIMES with Morgan Freeman; a Chinese adaptation of the acclaimed Disney franchise HIGH SCHOOL MUSICLA; cult favorites ZERO EFFECT, by Jake Kasdan, and SHANGHAI CALLING with China Film Group.
Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter.
Yang began her career by running the first distribution company to market Chinese films into North America. She also brokered the reintroduction of American cinema to the Chinese marketplace on behalf of several studios after a decades-long hiatus.
Committed to fostering global understanding, Yang has been a long-standing member of the Committee of 100, an organization of the most prominent Chinese-Americans; an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California where she also chairs its highly regarded US-Asia Entertainment Summit; and co-founder of Gold House, the non-profit collective of influential Asian cultural leaders.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Yang holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Columbia University: M.B.A., Business Administration 1984
Brown University: B.A., International Relations 1978
Areas of Expertise (6)
Film and Television Producing
Film and Television Development
Business of Entertainment
Asian-Americans in Entertainment
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Golden Globe Award; Emmy Award (professional)
Golden Globe for Best Television Motion Picture—Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1996) Emmy for Outstanding Made For Television Movie—Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)
- Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
- Gold House
- Asia Society
- Committee of 100
- Mandarin Chinese