Asian Communities of Los Angeles: Working Together, Standing Strong

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Little Tokyo Community Council held a special event on May 31 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) featuring a panel discussion exploring Asian community dialogue and engagement moderated by President & CEO of the JACCC Patricia Wyatt. 
In addition to welcoming remarks from Managing Director of the Little Tokyo Community Council Kristin Fukushima and Consul General Akira Muto, special guest remarks were provided by the Honorable Mark Takano, Member of the U.S. House Representatives, Director-General Louis Huang of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nithya Raman.  Councilwoman Raman presented special certificates to the panelists from the City of Los Angeles on behalf of herself and Councilman John Lee, co-chairs of the City of Los Angeles Asian American Pacific Islander Month celebrations.
Patricia Wyatt moderated the panel discussion with Rachelle Arizmendi (Board President, AAPI Equity Alliance), Stephen Cheung (President, World Trade Center Los Angeles), Snehal Desai (Producing Artistic Director, East West Players), Leslie Ito (Executive Director, Armory Center for the Arts), and Alexander Kim (Founder & Principal, Three Kings Public Affairs).  They discussed inter-community collaborations, their personal experiences in the Asian diaspora and relations with their Asian home countries, and the future outlook for expanding collaborations. 
The toast to start the reception was given by Mayor Fred Jung of the City of Fullerton. The reception following the program featured a special performance by DJ Ken Harada of Japanese City Pop and Japanese food and beverage featuring a street food and festival theme including onigiri (rice ball made of Koshihikari rice) by Zensho, takoyaki by Tanota restaurant, karaage (fried chicken) by TORISHO, kakigori (shaved ice) by Kuramoto Ice, Shizuoka Crown Melon (elegant and prestigious melon), Echigo Weizen and Kyoto Lucky Cat White Ale (craft beers), Yabai (highball made with craft shochu), Mio (sparkling sake), and KIMINO drinks (soft drinks made from seasonal fruits).