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 and photographer 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 celebrity and red-carpet events for ZUMA Press. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. His images have been published in The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Parade, Wall Street Journal, and French Elle, both Vanity Fair and Vanity Fair Italia. He's very engaged in life. You an see more of his work at ZUMA Press at You can follow him on his Facebook page at: and on Instagram and Twitter @billybennight
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