Awkwafina accepts the Arts & Entertainment Pioneer Honor (photo courtesy Jon Endow)
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Thank you to everyone who came out to IDENTITY LA:  A Night Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Women

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Gold Sponsor:

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On Saturday, May 11th, Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation honored triple threat actress, comedian and rapper Awkwafina, social entrepreneur and activist Nadya Okamoto and non-profit Center for the Pacific Asian Family for their outstanding contributions to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.  During the May 11th celebration at the Ford Theatres in Los Angeles, the City of LA presented these trailblazing AANHPI women with special plaques of distinction. The free and open-to-the-public event celebrated the city’s diverse AANHPI community specifically influential AANHPI women during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

To honor the forward movement of AANHPI women, the event was hosted by YouTube influencer and actress Michelle Khare and inspirational speaker Christine Chen.  Grammy nominated dance artist TOKiMONSTA, who is of Korean descent,  headlined the night of not-to-be-missed performances while reuniting with her long-time collaborator, Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna.  There were also performances by Chinese-American singer-songwriter MILCK, Japanese-American, trilingual R&B pop-star Sophia Black featuring special guest Super Duper Kyle and Katherine Ho performing her cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” from the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

This year also marks the launch of Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation’s first annual Musical Arts Scholarship Fund. The award will be presented to AANHPI college students pursuing a degree in the Musical Arts. The foundation will provide financial assistance along with mentorship and music industry connections to influential artists and executives. Students can apply before the August 2, 2019 deadline. More information and application details here:


Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation is proud to partner with the City of Los Angeles – one of the most diverse cities in the world and home to millions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) – for a special concert event night IDENTITY LA: A Night Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Women. The free open-to-the-public event celebrates the city’s diverse AANHPI community and culture specifically influential women during Asian American Pacific American Heritage Month

Headlining performances include Grammy nominated artist TOKiMONSTA, and support from soulful songstress MILCK, R&B pop-star Sophia Black with a full-line up of internationally renowned artists to be announced. The May 11th celebration at the Ford Theatres in Los Angeles will also include a vast array of art exhibits, as well as special honorees of trailblazing women within the community.

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Artwork courtesy of Brian Yoon

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