Los Angeles, California
May 21, 2016
APAHM (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month) free benefit concert was held at Los Angeles City Hall, co-chaired by David Ryu (Council Member, District 4) and Joel Jacinto (commissioner, Board of Public Works). I barely heard about the event through social media a day or two before, but the fact that the concert was free and Jhené Aiko, Awkwafina, Dumbfoundead and other artists were performing, I wasn't trying to miss out. I planned on just going to the event as part of the audience but I got really lucky and was able to get my first press pass as Rezident Alien. I was pretty hype about that. The Los Angeles City Hall was a beautiful backdrop to the concert as well as the inside where the pre event was taking place. It started to make sense why it was also the same location where Prince filmed his music video "Diamonds and Pearls". Lots of beautiful space, details and interesting cultural pieces to look at.
Jenny Yang, honored as the 2016 White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling, writer and comedian, was the host for the APAHM event. My favorite moment was when she was talking about all the food trucks that were at the event and mid hosting started talking about how much she was craving boba. She said "Speaking of boba, can someone pleaaaase get me one?" since she wouldn't be able to get one while she was hosting. Then went on to introduce the next performer.
When the artists was done performing their set, Jenny came back out with a big smile and a boba in her hand. She made sure to tell everyone that someone had been nice enough to go buy her a boba and she was even more hyped up after that. Thought it was pretty nice for someone to go get her a drink, but using her hosting platform to order a boba and actually getting it like a Postmates on demand, was hilarious.