The Korean Youth and Community Center teamed with Amazon Studios and the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles to create three billboards in Los Angeles to raise awareness about the #StopAsianHate campaign.
The billboards went on display Wednesday — and will remain up through May 9 — at Venice Boulevard and Shelbourne Drive in Mid-City; on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, between Washington and Venice boulevards in Venice; and at Olympic and La Cienega boulevards in Carthay.
The billboards, which were provided by Amazon Studios, feature artwork designed by Asian American graphic artist Soyoung Heo. The collaborative hopes they convey a message of peace, solidarity and the need to stop acts of anti-Asian hate, harassment, violence and crime.
Hate crimes against Los Angeles’ Asian American Pacific Islander community increased by 114% in 2020, according to data from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Manjusha P. Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, which launched in March 2020, said that 360 hate incidents in Los Angeles have been reported to the nonprofit in the website’s first year, among 3,800 nationwide.
The increase of anti-Asian hate crimes follows the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in China. Former President Donald Trump labeled the virus the “Kung-flu” and the “Chinese Virus.”
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