This Purple Line metro station is named after the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue (the subway is on the northeast corner) and in 2013, after Alfred Hoyun Song, the first Asian-American politician to be elected as state senator to the California State Assembly.
Alfred Hoyun Song (Korean name: 송호윤) was born in Hawaii to parents who were sugar-cane plantation workers. In 1940 he moved to Los Angeles and finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California. He was the first Asian American legislator elected to the California State Assembly in 1962. He was also the first Korean American to be elected to the California State Senate, where he acted as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
The station is the fourth public institution in the United States to be named after a Korean-American, following Young Oak Kim Academy, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Post Office, and Charles H. Kim Elementary School.