LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Gay Yuen, President of the Friends of the Chinese American Museum to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission.
“A county as culturally diverse as Los Angeles deserves representation of individuals who understand the core issues impacting our communities today,” shared Chair Solis. “Dr. Gay Yuen’s appointment comes at a critical time for our AAPI communities as we work to dismantle racism and address rising anti-AAPI hate crimes. I am confident that Dr. Yuen, who is a widely respected leader, will push the envelope further and help us develop new methods to address these challenges.”
Dr. Yuen has participated in major educational curricular designs and revisions in the last 45 years, helping to establish California standards for the certification of bilingual teachers in all languages and also for establishing ESL standards for immigrant students in the public schools. Her contributions to California’s leadership in the education of immigrant and refugee children have also influenced those of other states in the US and internationally. Her work is internationally recognized as she received invitations by the governments of the People’s Republic of China, Korea, Republic of China (Taiwan), Singapore, and Saudi Arabia to assist in their minority education programs, policies, and practices. Her work with Beijing University, National Chinese Minority University, and Hong Kong University has led to significant educational reforms in several countries.
“I am honored to join the Human Relations Commission to engage in the important work of addressing racism and growing anti-AAPI hate within our communities,” shared Dr. Gay Yuen. “It is so important for us to bridge across groups to work together towards unity, peace and mutual respect. I am incredibly thankful to Chair Solis for nominating me to this role. I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to address the rise in anti-AAPI hate.”
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is dedicated to promoting positive race and human relations in an increasingly complex and multicultural county. The Commission works to develop programs that proactively address racism, homophobia, religious prejudice, linguistic bias, anti-immigrant sentiment, and other divisive attitudes that can lead to inter-cultural tension, hate crimes and related violence. Teaming with law enforcement, schools, cities, community-based organizations, youth academics, policy makers, businesses and other leaders, the Commission brings key players together to resolve immediate inter-cultural conflicts and to lay the groundwork for a long-term campaign to eradicate bias and prejudice.