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03/20/21


YELLOW IS ONLY SKIN DEEP

We invited our marketing and operations associate, Grace Chung, to share her thoughts on the ongoing violence towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; here are her words.

The past several months have certainly been a continual wheel of eye-opening experiences. I don’t feel as if I have to speak more to the violence against AAPI individuals, crimes ruthless, uncaring of their youth or age. The raw nature of hatred is not anything new, nor is it rare.

What I do want to speak on, however, is the passion that I feel in allies to take part in caring for and bringing justice to our community. For far too long Asian Americans have felt what was considered ‘white-adjacent’ or as a ‘model minority,’ where we didn’t speak up because ‘at least we weren’t treated worse’ or because ‘at least we were being left alone.’ This is harmful to any community, especially ours, as it brings erasure and shame to the long and staying roots of our cultures.

In and through recent acts of solidarity and celebration, though, I’ve opened my eyes and arms to those who’ve wanted to learn, engage, and help protect my community. And those people and moments are what I strive to focus on. Hate and discrimination, unfortunately, will not expire anytime soon. What we can look forward to is hope in radical acts of self-love, loving others, and continuing to do the work toward systemic and systematic change.

Grace Chung

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03/15/21


RUSH HOUR


Twice a day we prepare ourselves for the most dreaded time on the road; rush hour. It’s ironic that these morning and evening slots leave no room for speed, and instead we’re completely stuck and scavenging for patience.

Yes, the goal is to rush to point B, but to get there we’re forced to sit and watch life move from bumper to bumper. It’s fair to say that quarantine has felt like a never ending traffic jam, but on that road we were left alone without the chance to people watch. Our homes became our vehicle, our screens our forward view, and the ease of life replayed in the review mirror.

As we rush towards normality once again, the roads fill up and our bumpers meet anew. The commute to pick up where we left off does bring a feeling of hope, but as we look down the street, roadblocks and potholes have generated from a virus that too left us jammed. My hope is that this time around, when we look to the vehicle next to ours trying to navigate these new streets, compassion and gratitude will have the right of way.

See you in traffic and see you at LENITA.

Love, Nemuel


02/23/21


STICKING OUT

Sibba Hartunian Lenita Sticker
We asked Sibba Hartunian, an illustrator, designer and bookmaker, to create LENITA's bumper sticker for the year. The outcome was a celebration of all of the greens that adorn our city from the desert fields to the palms towering above our daily lives.

Hartunian is the founder of Shh Books, a Los Angeles-based art, design, and Riso studio. Please visit her website to explore her full body of work, and don't forget to stop by our flower truck to grab a complimentary sticker while supplies last.

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02/15/21


SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Flower Truck in Los Angeles, LENITA March News
How many times in the past year have we filled our lungs capacity in order to simply feel warm air burst from our bodies? It's as if we’re constantly searching for affirmation that we are still present.

This exercise, often performed in moments of conflict, forces a pause to realign; frozen in front of us still stands whatever encounter we’re about to face — but the release is quite powerful.

As our muscles expand and our posture rises, so does the belief that we can continue, that we can conquer; this too shall pass. And as we complete one full circle around quarantine, we stand firm with each movement as a reminder that every pause is rooted by uncertainty, but grander strength is milliseconds away, plucking the path for Spring.

Love and stay safe, Nemuel


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