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KTLA Marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

asian-heritageMay 1 marks the first day of Asian Pacific American heritage month.

All month long, KTLA is celebrating the cultures, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by high-lighting our very own L.A. Dreamers.

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Meet the chef often called the king of the culinary world as we celebrate Asian American Heritage month.
He is a trail blazer and a true L.A. dreamer in the culinary world.
He is Nobu Matsuhisa… a celebrity chef who owns restaurants around the world.


Tritiya Toyota Offers Inspiration for Journalists

Our celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month continues with a look at trailblazing journalist Tritia Toyota.

The UCLA alum, who is now a professor at the university, is also the founder of the Asian American Journalists Association.


Local Group Far East Movement Tops the Charts

They’re four local friends turned hitmakers. Jessica Holmes takes us inside the recording studio with Far East Movement, as we celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Links: | Upcoming Macy’s Appearance | International Secret Agents



Kal Penn Takes on Hollywood, Washington

We’re marking Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with tributes to L.A. dreamers who are making a difference. Gayle Anderson takes a look at the diverse work of actor Kal Penn.


LAPD Cmdr. Blake Chow Making History

Our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month continues with an LAPD officer who’s making history.

In the business of brides, she’s considered one of the very best… but the fashion empire of Los Angeles’ Monique Lhullier doesn’t stop at “I do.”

With celebrity clientele like Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Hilary Swank – Hollywood’s elite and cravers of couture can’t get enough of the Philippine born  gown guru.

Its more than just “action” with director Ang Lee the 59-year-old ‘dreamer’ is the first person of Asian descent to win an Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA. The world renowned movie maker was born in Taiwan into a family that emphasized education but Lee fell in love with filmmaking.

In the world of law, Judge Jacqueline Ngyuen is a triple threat.

But before there was order in her court, as part of a family of Vietnamese refugees in 1975, a 10-year-old Jacqueline temporarily lived in a tent city in Camp Pendleton before settling into La Crescenta.

KTLA’s Eric Spillman has more on her inspiring career.

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal is one of America’s pioneering researchers of aids.

This dreamer and virologist-who received her Ph.D from UCLA is one of the co-discoverers of HIV.