Exhibition Time: July 8 – August 8, 2022
Q&A Event Time: July 30, 2022
Location: Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
Co-organized by the Greater Los Angeles Photographic Society and the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Development Center, supported by the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by East West Bank, Through the Lens: An Asian Americans in 2021 photojournalists Q&A session was held at Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library on July 30, 2022. Four participating photographers, more than 50 elected officials, Asian community representatives, community leaders, and media members from the Greater Los Angeles area attended the event. Congresswoman Judy Chu, California State Assemblymember Mike Fong, and former California State Assemblymember Mike Eng participated in the event and delivered speeches.
Through the Lens: An Asian American Experience in 2021 exhibition put its second stop in the city of Monterey Park. The first exhibition was held at the Arcadia Public Library, which was well received and highly recognized by the community. The Q&A session was held during the month-long exhibition as a special event. Rep. Judy Chu, a longtime supporter of anti-Asian discrimination advocacy and the legislative process, made a special appearance to speak about stopping AAPI hate. She mentioned the tragic March 2021 Atlanta Spa shootings and said that the AAPI community had endured many difficulties and challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. Facing uprising hate crimes, said Rep. Chu, the AAPI community needs to come together and work tirelessly to stop hate and crime.
At the Q&A session, President of PPAGLA Arturo Quezada, well-known Associated Press photojournalists Damian Dovarganes and Richard Vogel, senior photographer Brian Feinzimer, and famous Chinese photojournalist He Yanguang communicated with audiences on site. Photojournalists expressed that they would continue to pay attention to and support the anti-Asian discrimination movement and use their cameras to record the voices and actions of the community.
After this exhibition in Monterey Park, Organizers will move all the photos to the Cerritos Library for a 10-day public display in August.