LA vs. Hate unveils anti-hate artwork by Asian-American artist
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, LA County Human Relations Commission, Asian Youth Center and other community organizations unveiled artwork public at three different locations in the San Gabriel Valley.
These plays, designed to build community and unite against hate, are part of LA vs. Hate, the LA County Anti-Hate Initiative.
An essential component of the LA vs Hate program is using art to build solidarity and healing in the face of discrimination. These three murals by local artist MariNaomi were installed in the San Gabriel Valley as part of an effort to raise awareness of the Asian American experience in Los Angeles.
These building-sized comics depict the history and many contributions of the AAPI community to LA County, the contemporary targeting of AAPI residents due to the COVID backlash, the shift from hate to healing and the need for advocacy to ensure solidarity and inclusion for all.
“Throughout the pandemic, members of the AAPI community have faced horrific acts of racism and violence that go against the very principles that make Los Angeles County a welcoming and diverse home for people. communities from all walks of life, ”explained Solis, supervisor of the 1st district. “These public art installations which have been beautifully designed by local artist MariNaomi assure AAPI residents everywhere that we are there for them and will continue to stand up for their safety and well-being through the allocation of resources. of the county to combat hateful acts and support services. for survivors through the LA Against Hate initiative.
“It’s an honor to unveil these important art installations in my district as part of the county’s commitment to the LA Against Hate initiative,” said Barger, 5th District Supervisor. “Art speaks to people in a way words cannot and I believe these murals will bring greater awareness and understanding to our efforts to rise up against hate.”
“These beautiful art installations underscore that LA County’s AAPI communities are not alone facing hate violence,” said Otto Solórzano, Acting Director of the Workforce Development, Aging and Services Department. Los Angeles County Communities, also known as WDACS. “LA vs. Hate offers free, culturally appropriate support services to survivors of hate. By creating community through art, LA vs Hate reminds all of us that hate has no place here in LA County.
“Even through the pain of the Asian and Pacific Islander residents of LA County, the MariNaomi mural allows us to glimpse a past of overcoming prejudice and discrimination, the current urgency to report hatred. and the promise of a better future for all of us, ”explained Robin Toma, deputy director of LA County WDACS and executive director of the LA County Human Relations Commission.
Life-size facilities, made possible by a generous donation from the LA Care Health Plan, can be seen at the following locations:
Garvey Park, 7954 Dorothy Street, Rosemead 91770
Asian Youth Center, 300 S. San Marino Ave., San Gabriel 91776
Iona Work, 1500 Alhambra Rd., Alhambra 91801
“After a woman who looked a lot like my obaachan [grandmother] experienced a hate crime in my hometown, I was at my breaking point, ”said MariNaomi. “I was starting to feel desperate, but this project came to me. It feels good to do something, to make the AAPI experience art and to promote a path to support, understanding and safety.
“Our hope is that this incredible art project creates more dialogue about alliance, solidarity and healing within the San Gabriel Valley,” said Michelle Freridge, Executive Director of the Asian Youth Center.
On August 13, Supervisor Janice Hahn and local leaders dedicated a building-sized mural in Knabe Regional Park, 19700 Bloomfield Ave. in Cerritos, the same location where an elderly Filipino American man was violently attacked on June 5.
MariNaomi’s semi-permanent mural, the result of a partnership between Hahn’s office and LA vs. Hate, will live at the current location for two years.
The dedication attendees included Hahn, MariNaomi, Toma, Cerritos Mayor Grace Hu, Cerritos City Council Member Frank Aurelio Yokoyama, Parks and Recreation Department Director Norma Garcia and hate crime victim Cesar Echano.
The mural commemorates incidents of anti-Asian hate, including the 1871 massacre of Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982.
It also highlights past and present community heroes such as the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Yuri Kochiyama (political activist), George Takei (actor and activist), Grace Lee Boggs (political activist), Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man blogger). ), Ocean Vuong (author), Larry Itliong (union leader), Chiune Sugihara (diplomat who saved Jews from the Holocaust), Margaret Cho (comic book and actor), Alexander Chee (author), Kartar Dhillon (political activist and writer) and the mother of MariNaomi.
He calls on those concerned about anti-Asian hatred to report, defend, protect and help.
LA vs. Hate is a nationally-recognized, community-driven, creative campaign to encourage and support all residents of LA County to unite against, report and resist hate. LA vs. Hate was created in September 2019 and expanded in March 2021 by a motion, drafted by Solis, to address the rise in acts of hatred against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. LA vs Hate enables county residents who have survived hate crimes and acts of hate to report hate to 211-LA, and connects those residents with a network of local and culturally relevant organizations that provide strategies to assistance and prevention.
For more information on LA vs. Hate, go to: https://www.lavshate.org/