Photo Gallery: Asian American Festival at Pomona Fairplex

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All photos by Billy Bennight for the Los Angeles Beat.

Visiting the Asian American Expo at the Pomona Fairplex last weekend was an experience much like attending the LA County Fair, but with a lot more grilled squid and phenomenally better people-watching potential. This year’s festival was the biggest to date, with over forty-five performers over the two days, nearly two hundred food vendors, and 1,200 convention booths spread over six exhibition halls and seven performance stages.

We spent most of our time at the exhibition hall where the cosplay and anime people were, marveling at the imaginative and precisely detailed outfits on display. Performances by taiko drummers and traditional Thai dancers mixed with samba, flamenco, rock and hip-hop acts. Anyone who appreciates good food and gonzo creative types gathered in one place certainly went home satisfied. (Bob Lee)

Continue reading to view our photo gallery from the event.



Billy Bennight

About Billy Bennight

Billy Bennight is a writer, photographer, and wardrobe stylist with expertise and years of experience in these disciplines. His musical youth started as a Punk Rocker and has expanded into exploring many genres of music, with a keen interest in art, fashion, photography, and writing. He shoots red carpets and celebrity events for Media Punch, AdMedia, and ZUMA Press. He is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and The Los Angeles Press Club. His images have been published in Mother Earth News, Vice, CNN, The Today Show, Wire, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, French Elle, and Vanity Fair. He's very engaged in life. You can follow him on his Facebook page at: and on Instagram and Twitter @billybennight
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