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Posted by LeJulie AKP STAFF Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Interviewing the fans and booth vendors at Identity LA 2018

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1. Philip Wang - Wong Fu Productions
Phil from Wong Fu Productions said that a big part of being Asian American is creating a space where he can "make Asian American communities proud of something." He said the most important part of Asian American representation is "the effects it has on the people that see it. The impact that it has on every kid and every generation that sees that it goes far beyond the individual's life." Phil was excited to see Jay Park, Mike Shinoda, and his friends the Kinjaz.
2. Crazy Rich Asians
This booth is created for the upcoming movie 'Crazy Rich Asians' for visitors to come and take pictures looking crazy rich. This movie is really important because there's so much talk about diversity and Asian representation and the timing of this movie is just right. The booth manager said that this movie means a lot for the community, representation in media is important especially in entertainment. The last big studio Asian cast movie was 'Joy Luck Club' from over 25 years ago.

Identity LA is a celebration, celebrating the Asian American identity in LA which shares a widely diverse multicultural community. It is only appropriate to have Identity LA in such an accessible place to share the Asian American culture with the community.

The booth manager gave a shoutout to Asian American viewers to "Keep getting your voices heard. We're told we're not vocal enough in what we want or what we believe in so there needs to be more of that. Share more of ourselves and our culture and take the chances."
3. Aj - AJ Touch Booth
AJ, a current student at CSU Long Beach, came to Identity LA as an exhibitor where he shared his creations with the community. When asked what he looked forward to he said: "I just love Jay Park." Identity La is his first concert where he had the opportunity to watch one of his favorite idols and also showcase his work.

For AJ, being Cambodian there's a lot of people in the younger generation that haven't discovered their place in society or haven't quite found their way. He felt it was within his ability to show them they can make something of themselves if they follow their passion and turn it into a career. Lastly, AJ said, "It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to start. You'll find your way after you get the ball running. You got to stand up before you start running."
4. Robert and Yuko
Robert and Yuko (the dog) came in with little expectations and were wildly impressed with the number of people (over 10,000) that came out to celebrate the Asian American identity. Since Identity LA was held in Downtown LA, it made it easy for Robert and Yuko to attend the event and be part of the community.
5. Tanya and Joie
Tanya (left) and Joie (right) attended Identity LA in 2017 and came back because they wanted to be part of the event that brings together different people from diverse backgrounds. Both were blown away by the Kinjaz and were glad they dropped by. Joie (right) identifies as Filipina and felt empowered being in the space where her identity was shared and appreciated. Tanya (left) does not identify as Asian American but appreciated the festival as a way to bring together communities to celebrate diversity and appreciate culture.
6. Priscilla and Angela
Priscilla (left) and Angela (right) attended Identity LA because they both were working the KoreUnlimited booth. They both were really happy to be there because they're both big fans of Wong Fu Productions.
7. Kary
As an Asian American Studies major from UCSB, Kary was excited to see a space for Asian Americans to recognize their multidimensional identities through diversity and celebration of the community. Kary came across Identity LA because she was working nearby in the Japanese National Museum in Little Tokyo and wanted to take part in the celebration and empowerment of the Asian American identity.

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