Wilshire·Western Metro Station

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“Alfred Hoyun Song” Metro Station

This Purple Line metro station on the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue was named in 2013 after Alfred Hoyun Song (송호윤), the first Asian-American politician to be elected as state senator to the California State Assembly.

The son of Korean sugar-cane plantation workers in Hawaii, he was born in that state in 1919 and started his career in California politics in 1960. He proposed 174 bills, including the California Evidence Code law, while in office as a state delegate for 16 years. He died in October 2004.

윌셔·웨스턴/알프레드 호윤 송 스테이션 is the fourth U.S. public institution to be named after a Korean-American, following Young Oak Kim Academy, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Post Office, and Charles H. Kim Elementary School.

This station is dedicated to Senator Alfred Hoyun (1919-2004), the first Asian American elected to state office in California. Entering politics to show that Asians “were people who had to be coped with and recognized,” Song had a reputation for fairness, impartiality and extensive knowledge of jurisprudence. He authored landmark laws that are a legacy of his commitment to equality and justice for all people.

California State Assembly 1963-1968
California State Senate 1967-1978

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