“Parasite’s sweep at the Academy Awards and historic win of Best Picture is a culture-shifting moment. This historic win tells every young person who doesn’t see themself reflected in media, leadership or on award stages that they too can reach for the highest heights - and that their stories matter. As a Korean immigrant who grew up never seeing people like me in films - let alone Best Picture films - this is a night I will never forget. Parasite will forever be the film that broke the Best Picture barrier - not just for Korean cinema, but for all foreign-language films.”
- Councilmember David Ryu, the first Korean-American elected to the Los Angeles City Council and first Asian-American to serve on the Los Angeles City Council Leadership.
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.