The mission of the commission, which was created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, is to advance economic and cultural development in the state of Texas. The agency invests in cultural tourism, art education, and direct funding of nonprofit arts organizations, arts institutions and schools, local agencies, community groups and individual artists throughout the state.
Yu laid the groundwork to his commission appointment by serving on boards of directors of such nonprofit organizations as the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, where he served 10 years. He also served on the board of the Multi-Ethnic Education and Economic Development Center and Chamber Music International.
Yu is the founder and CEO of Coregami. The company specializes in what he calls “performal” wear — formal attire that keeps musicians comfortable during concert performances.