As a film producer, Yang has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world, as well as discovering unique, often unheard voices and stories, and bringing them into the mainstream. In the international arena, she has been a pioneer in introducing Asian culture to the West, and representing American cinema to China.
Janet Yang did her undergraduate work at Brown University in Chinese studies. She received an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a member of the Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese-Americans, an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California, and an advisory board member of CAPE, the Coalition of Asian-Pacific Americans in Entertainment. She has taught producing at the Sundance Institute and the Independent Feature Project. She is very involved with a number of arts organizations, and political and community activities, and continues to be a go-between with cultural creators on both sides of the hemisphere.
Her best known works include The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flint, High Crimes, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, Empire of the Sun, Dark Matter and High School Musical: China.
During her visit to Brown, the Year of China sponsored several public events:
Double Feature Janet Yang Screening:
Disney's High School Musical: China
Public Lecture: Films and Sino-America Cultural Exchange
Co-sponsored by the Pembroke Center
From Brown to Hollywood, A Career Conversation
Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
Co-sponsored by CareerLAB and the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center