Tokimonsta Headlining Identity LA's Free Event Honoring Asian American Pacific Islander Women

TOKiMONSTA
Austin Hargrave

TOKiMONSTA photographed on March 11, 2019 at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles.

Billboard cover star Tokimonsta continues to honor the forward-movement of women by putting her weight behind Identity LA, a free event in Los Angeles honoring women of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. 

The Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation, co-founded by Far East Movement's Prohgress and Kev Nish, partnered with the City of Los Angeles to hold this special event during May's Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Tokimonsta, who is of Korean descent, headlines the show alongside first-generation Chinese-American singer-songwriter Milck and Japanese-American, tri-lingual singer-songwriter Sophia Black. 

"Los Angeles is home to more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders than anywhere else in the nation," L.A. city councilmember David Ryu is quoted in a press release. "As the fastest growing subset of the American population, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will author the next great chapter in the American story. For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am honored to bring our many AAPI communities of Los Angeles together to celebrate where we've been, where we're going, and the leaders who are paving the way forward. I'm especially excited this year to shine a spotlight on AAPI women who are breaking barriers and leading the way for positive change, and highlight their inspiring stories."

Beyond the music, there will be art exhibits, guest honorees and even a debut presentation of the first-annual scholarship award, provided by the Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation's Musical Arts Scholarship Fund. The scholarship award will help a deserving AAPI college student pursue a degree in the Musical Arts, provide financial assistance for mentorship, and help connect the student to influential musical artists and executives.

“We wholeheartedly celebrate this community that we are so honored to be a part of,” Prohgress is quoted in a press release.

“We’re excited to launch the scholarship program this year to support the next generation of artists in the AAPI community. We hope for them to follow their passion and blaze a trail for themselves," Nish adds.

Identity LA comes to life Saturday, May 11, at the Ford Theater. Tickets are free with rsvp.

Check out the official event flyer below.

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