In May we will be celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month.
I was spurred into action this time last year after a racial interaction with a neighbor Maryam Zar a journalist and potential political candidate) who was preparing to run for State Assembly.
In short, Maryam Zar asked me if I knew how to speak English because I didn’t respond after Maryam was screaming at the top of her lungs at me over a petty parking situation in the Pacific Palisades. You can read more about this in the article here.
While unfortunate, I was so glad it happened to me. . . rather than to someone who was on the brink of a mental health breakdown or someone who would have taken that anger and redirected it to their young kids.
I have at the very least, a small, yet significant entrepreneur platform and connections to the Mayor’s Office to do something.
I will be at City Hall next May 3rd as we commemorate AAPI Los Angeles Day. I’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with the Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Councilmember John Lee and Capri Maddox Executive Director of the Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department (LA Civil Rights) (coincidentally: Maryam Zar’s former boss) as we bring a focus to the AAPI community and a call for understanding and unity.
When you have the ability to do something in and for your community, I encourage you to take the first step.
Find your voice.
Don’t suffer in silence.
Move the gap towards greater understanding, which will, in turn, lead to unity and healing.
Because guess what?
We ALL deserve to live and flourish in America.
And don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.
Today, April 29th marks the 30th-Anniversary of the 1992 LA Uprising or SAIGU.
Korean Americans mark significant events by the date. Just, as we remember 9/11, SAIGU directly translates to 4.29 the start date of the civil unrest.
Listen in as I interviewed Hyepin Im of FACE (Faith and Community Empowerment) LA, Reverend Dr Mark E. Whitlock, Jr. and activist Najee Ali to discuss race relations and the 30th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots.