Korean American Pioneer Receives Posthumous Honor
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: January 25th, 2013
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The city of Los Angeles will rename the metro subway stop in the heart of Koreatown in honor of the late Korean American political pioneer Alfred Hoyun Song, officials announced on Thursday.

The metro stop at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue will honor California’s first Asian American Assemblyman later this year. City officials hope the renaming will help inspire Korean Americans.

“[Song] was a trailblazer in many ways,” said County Board of Supervisors chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, in a statement. “He made a mark and it is fitting that he be recognized in this way.”

Song was born in Hawaii in 1919 and moved to Los Angeles in 1940. He served in World War II as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and later became a lawyer. He was a state assemblyman for four years and later served three terms as a state senator and is known for authoring the bill that created the office of the state public defender. In addition, he was responsible for the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, which protects consumers from shoddy products known as “lemons.”

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