Morning Brief: #StopAsianHate, Chinatown firecracker and golf at Dodger Stadium

gHello the It’s January 25.

It’s rare to hear an artist – or anyone, for that matter – say that they would like their work to be rendered useless. Corn Jonathan Chang, whose portraits of Asian people victimized by hate crimes have gone viralsaid it was the only conceivable end to his #StopAsianHate project.

“I don’t care who does it,” Chang said, focusing on the victims rather than the perpetrators. “I just want it to stop.”

The portrayals of Chang, which fall between cartoon and reality, began after the death of 84-year-old Vichar Ratanapakdee, who was violently pushed to the ground in San Francisco last year. When Chang expressed his grief and outrage, a friend suggested he turn it into something productive.

“We all have some sort of responsibility to use our skills to implement positive social change, document things, or raise awareness,” he told my colleague Josie Huang.

Chang’s art was recently featured on billboards in New York’s Times Square, and he used his footage to raise money for Xiao Zhen Xie, the 75-year-old Chinese woman who fought back against her attacker on Market Street in San Francisco last March.

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He said it’s not always easy to be honest, but he thinks it’s the only way things will change.

“As Asian Americans, we don’t like having the whole myth of the model minority,” Chang said. “But by not talking about it, you really fall into that.”

Keep reading to learn more about what’s going on in LA, and stay safe there.

What else you need to know today

  • The Los Angeles Firecracker 5K/10K Run in Chinatown will be a virtual DIY affair this year due to pandemic concerns.
  • State Senator Richard Pan will introduce legislation to add the coronavirus vaccine to the list of vaccines students must take to attend public or private schools.
  • A $13.5 million gift to UCLA will enable the university to build a new institute dedicated to tackling global food challenges.

Before You Go… This Week’s Away Pick: Play Golf at Dodger Stadium

A general view during player introductions prior to Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on October 9, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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This is a Father’s Day card brought to life: hitting golf balls from the lobby level of Dodger Stadium to the field. There will also be food, drink and music, and tee times are available in hourly increments. The bays accommodate six people at a time.

Or, you could: Watch a virtual retrospective of Nanfu Wang. Hear from Spirit Award-nominated filmmakers in a Film Independent conversation series. Eat through the LBC for Long Beach Black Restaurant Week. And more.

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