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2016 gala blog

APEX to Honor David Ryu and 626 Night Market at the 23rd Annual Awards Gala

img October 21, 2016 img Categories: Events, Featured, News, Professional

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APEX is all set to celebrate our 23rd Annual Awards Gala. Themed "Moonlight Masquerade,” the Gala will be held on October 29, 2016 at the Japanese American National Museum located in Little Tokyo.

This year APEX will be honoring LA Councilmember David Ryu and 626 Night Market for their contributions to the API community.


David Ryu

Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th council district which include the neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and a portion of Koreatown.

Ryu studied economics at UCLA; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at USC’s School of Social Work.

As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public health, housing, children and family services, transportation and senior services. He helped oversee the County budget and worked for a time as a Special Investigator for the Auditor-Controller, rooting out waste and fraudulent expenditures.

Ryu returned to the non-profit world and served as Director of Development and Public Affairs at one of Los Angeles’s largest non-profit health care providers: Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center.

On July 1st, 2015 Ryu became the first Korean American to serve on the LA City Council and only the second Asian American.


626 Night Market

Established in 2012, 626 Night Market is the original and largest Asian-themed night market in the U.S. Inspired by the popular night markets in Asia, the founders aspired to bring the night market experience to the U.S.: a place where people of all ages could gather, socialize, and explore different local foods. In April 2012, the 626 Night Market opened its first event of pure foodie heaven in Pasadena. Today, 626 Night Market has expanded to include OC Night Market in Costa Mesa with a growing number and diversity in vendors and entertainment.

626 Night Market aims to unite and empower the community by serving as a platform for showcasing local entrepreneurs, artists, and community groups. Each 626 Night Market event features over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions that appeal to all ages, making the event a unique hub for the community.

What is APEX?

The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan community based organization with multifaceted goals and purposes that are charitable, cultural and educational in nature. Established in 1993, APEX currently boasts an e-community membership of 10,000 members. Contact us