Last week I was invited to the opening ceremony of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month at City Hall in Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a speech in front of the members of the Council. The Mayor acknowledged 3 individuals for 3 special awards. Spirit of Los Angeles went to Kyung Won Lee, Dreams of Los Angeles went to Jyoti Nanda and Hope of Los Angeles went to Michelle Kwan.
From left to right: shoulder of Jyoti Nanda, Michelle Kwan, Mayor Villaraigosa, and K.W. Lee. We then proceeded outside for lunch and entertainment.
The press frenzy as the award recipients were given their plaques.
My new friends Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Isabel Rojas Williams, Hanh Nguyen...
and the very lovely girls, Image Specialist, Enza Hibler and President, Evelyn Aleman from Media Image PR.
Tahitian dancers. No. I did not have a chance to make friends with them. You can't see it that well from my picture but once these girls hit the stage, all the men whipped out their cameras. Haha. Okay, I did too.
Well, you can see more photographs of this event at the Mural Conservancy Facebook page and learn about the events that are occurring during Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Who knew this lands on the month of May?