PRESS RELEASE: Portraits of Asian Pacific American Female Activists Unveiled at City Hall

Los Angeles -- With one of the largest Asian Pacific American populations in the world, the City of Los Angeles kicked off the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) with an interactive gallery of Asian Pacific American female activists and advocates today on the bridge connecting Los Angeles City Hall and City Hall East. The portraits and stories accompany quotes on community and social change from all 15 members of the Los Angeles City Council, as well as Mayor Eric Garcetti. The gallery was sponsored by Councilmember David Ryu and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 7, 2018

 

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Portraits of Asian Pacific American Female Activists Unveiled at City Hall

Los Angeles -- With one of the largest Asian Pacific American populations in the world, the City of Los Angeles kicked off the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) with an interactive gallery of Asian Pacific American female activists and advocates today on the bridge connecting Los Angeles City Hall and City Hall East. The portraits and stories accompany quotes on community and social change from all 15 members of the Los Angeles City Council, as well as Mayor Eric Garcetti. The gallery was sponsored by Councilmember David Ryu and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

“We are unveiling 14 portraits of powerful and inspiring woman from across the API community,” Councilmember Ryu said. “As someone who was raised by two strong Asian-American women - my mother and grandmother - I could not be prouder of this project and what it means for Asian-Americans, women, and activists everywhere.”

The gallery includes 14 larger-than-life portraits of Asian-American women and their stories, under the interactive social media tag, #TogetherWeSpeak. LGBTQ activist Mia Yamamoto and LAPD supervisor pilot Janet Kim are some of the individuals featured. The display also includes the history of Asian Pacific Americans in Southern California, quotes on making a difference from City Councilmembers and the Mayor, and a wall asking elected officials, community leaders and passersby - “What is a change you’d like to see in your community?” The gallery will be on display for all employees and visitors to City Hall through the month of May.

"DCA is proud to support this year's 2018 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration,” said Danielle Brazell, General Manager for the Department of Cultural Affairs. “We are pleased the work of APA female artists, advocates, and activists will be featured on DCA's Bridge Gallery at City Hall. We all succeed when girls and women succeed. Female empowerment leads to enhanced creativity, economic growth, and social transformation."

It’s fitting that this gallery will be on a bridge to our City government,” Councilmember Ryu said. “It is a connection between activism and social change, the grassroots and our democracy. This is about more than Asian Pacific American activism, it speaks to every community that has stood up and fought for their place in our City’s history, and how together, we have built this diverse and inclusive capital. I am thrilled to have my colleagues on City Council and the Mayor be a part of it.”

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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.


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