Walking the New York City runways to being a selected journalist as an eye-witness to a death row execution to interviewing Oprah Winfrey to sitting in a make-up chair next to Leonard Nimoy to emceeing events with General Colin Powell, one would be hard pressed to find someone with the diversity and scope of interests as Cynthia Gouw.
Born near Berkeley, California to Chinese parents, Cynthia embraces the values of creating understanding within the global community as she seeks compelling stories around the world and has worked toward ensuring that Chinese people are allowed to maintain their culture; including supporting bi-lingual education and preserving the Chinese language. For the past 15 years, she’s emceed more than 100 functions for Chinese organizations all over the US. Recently, she was honored to emcee the national conventions of the two of the largest and most prestigious Chinese American groups: The Committee of 100 National Convention held in New York City and the three times for the Organization of Chinese Americans, for National Conventions held in Washington, D.C, San Francisco and Philadelphia. She also emceed the Eisenhower Fellows inauguration of General Colin Powell as the new chairman in Philadelphia.
Cynthia is a nationally recognized broadcast journalist, lawyer, movie actress and top model.
As a TV journalist, Cynthia won three Emmy Awards for her reporting from the US, Asia and Latin America with eye-witness coverage of teen gangs; the affects of globalization and relations between Asia and America; and coverage of the illegal immigration debate while following undocumented immigrants as they crossed the US-Mexico border. Cynthia has interviewed everyone from Oprah Winfrey to death-row inmates as a selected witness to the execution at San Quentin's infamous prison. As a street reporter, she covered crime in Oakland and Richmond, CA, listed as two of the most dangerous cities in America. For more than a decade, Cynthia appeared in living rooms around the country as a News Anchor and/or Reporter for the ABC and CBS affiliates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and Sacramento. She also served as a fill-in host on KABC-TV's Channel 7 (ABC) Los Angeles’ newsmagazine show "Eye on L.A." and was a Host on E! Entertainment Television in Los Angeles. In each city, Cynthia received top honors by Chinese groups for her contributions to their communities.
Cynthia reported for the national PRI news radio show “Pacific Time”, produced out of San Francisco’s KQED-FM. The show explores the connections between the US and East Asia. It also helped Americans understand more about Chinese and other Asian cultures. The National Asian American Journalist Association awarded her the “National Award” for her reporting there. The Public Radio News Directors also awarded "Pacific Time" with the "Best Large Market Public Affairs Program" for a show which spotlighted Cynthia’s reporting which focused on how the Asian community in Los Angeles has since fared on the 10-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots which were sparked by the acquittal of 4 white police officers after beating a black motorist. In the city-wide riots that ensued, Asian communities were heavily targeted and their stores looted and burned.
In 2004, she moved to Philadelphia to be with her new husband. There, she hosted and produced the TV show “Asian Outlook”, a half-hour talk show focused on the culture, language and customs of the East Asia for WYBE Public Television. The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters recognized her show as the “Best TV Talk Show Series in the State”. Cynthia and her husband split their time between homes in Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Cynthia received her B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from UCLA and her J.D. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Law. She was inspired, in real life, by her late uncle, Santa Monica's Superior Court Judge Harry Mock, one of the first Chinese judges in the region. She was on staff of the Federal Communications Law Journal and the Pacific Basin Law Review and participated in the Moot Court Honors Program. During law school, she developed her famous roundhouse kick to the school's aging vending machines guaranteeing a constant supply of sugary treats.
After law school, Hollywood's top entertainment law firms came knocking, but Cynthia decided try her own hand in show business as the alleged "talent". Earlier, she won the title of Miss Chinatown USA 1984 after a win as Miss Los Angeles Chinatown in 1983. She made the rounds on the talk show circuit and appeared on the Johnny Carson show. Later, she won the “$100-Thousand Dollar Spokesmodel Grand Champion” for the popular syndicated show talent show “Star Search", the first Asian American to do so, besting thousands of other potential contestants. She co-starred in several popular television shows like "Matlock" and "China Beach". Her co-starring role as “Caithlin Dar” in the movie “Star Trek Five: The Final Frontier” gained her Trekkie fans worldwide. And yes, she attended several Star Trek conventions, and actually enjoyed the experience.
Flash forward 20 light years ahead from her Star Trek days to the present. In 2004, "More" magazine named Cynthia as one of the top fashion and beauty Spokesmodels for women over-40. Cynthia is shocked and delighted that her modeling career is up and running again at the now tender age of 45. She is represented by Wilhelmina Models, New York and in Philadelphia,The Reinhard Agency She is happy to report that (finally!) there is an increasing focus by marketing campaigns on the dynamic women over-40 market.
"FABULOUS AND FORTY" BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE COMMENTATOR AND SPOKESMODEL:
Cynthia graced several covers of "More" Magazine, "San Francisco" magazine and "Delaware Signature" magazine. In Philadelphia, you can see her occasional reports on NBC 10! Morning Show as the "Fabulous and Forty" Beauty and Lifestyle Commentator. Click Here for Video She hosted the MORE Magazine Marathon in New York's Central Park. She's currently featured in national skin care ads for Vaseline Intensive Care Renewal Age Redefining Lotion and Pearle Vision. Other recent clients are Ritz Carlton Hotels, Vanguard and Tiffany's. In May 2007, Cynthia helped inaugurate "Project Runway" winner Chloe Dao's new clothing line. Meanwhile, designer Carmen Marc Valvo featured Cynthia front-row at his collections.
Cynthia is honored to have been asked to emcee more than 100 events for the Chinese and Asian American community.Here are a recent and future list to name a few.
--National Conference for the "Committe of 100" Gala, April 2009, Washington, DC, celebrating the 30th anniversary of relations with China. Honorees are Dr Henry Kissinger, Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski and Mrs Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo.
--National Convention of the Organization of Chinese Americans: 3 different Gala Dinners: San Francisco, August 2009, Washington, DC, August 2008, Philadelphia 2007
---The Committee of 100, Gala Dinner with playwright David Henry Hwang, featuring actress Lucy Liu, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO John Mack, Philanthropist Walter Wang, Gotham Hall, New York City, May 2007
----Eisenhower Fellowships Latin American Leaders Women's Conference, Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, Nov 2008
--Chinese Historical Society of America, Gala Dinner, Four Season's Hotel, San Francisco, Sept 2008
--The Eisenhower Fellowships (EF), Gala Dinner welcoming new Chairman of EF General Colin Powell, November 2007
--Annual Gala for the Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco, CA, September 2008
--Seattle Chinatown Annual Fundraiser, April 2009
---Organization of Chinese Americans Greater Philadelphia Chapter 2007 Anti-Hate Crimes Prevention Conference, Oct. 2007 ---The National Asian American Bar Association, National Convention, Philadelphia, November 2006
--Moderator for Organization for Chinese Americans "Media Watch Dog: Lessons Learned from the Field: Empowering Asians against Hate, Philadelphia/August 2006
--Mistress of Ceremonies for On Lok Senior Health Services Annual Dinner San Francisco/June 2006.
--Mistress of Ceremonies for the Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, a China/America venture capital and investment organization in California's Silicon Valley/September 2006.
Other honors include being named a "Broadcast Pioneer" and featured in a permanent exhibit at the Chinese Historical Society of America; also featured in a 2007 exhibit on the history of Miss Chinatown USA; "Member of the Year" by the Chinese American Council; and "Honoree of the Year" by the Chinese Bar Association. She also sat on the Advisory Board of Stanford University's "Grade the News”, a media and ethics watchdog group and was a Board Member for the YMCA’s “Youth and Government” program, a model legislature program for high school students.