Lan Diep proudly hold his beloved Captain America shield while taking the oath of office as San Jose, California Councilman. Bible that’s usually held during the ceremony, but Diep explained why it was so important to him in an interview with NBC Bay Area
I think Captain America represents…embodies the ideals of America. And those are the kind of things I’m hoping to strive for: Equal justice, fair play, and, democracy. …I think it’s a symbol of what’s positive…in this darkened political landscape. …I wasn’t trying to protest the president, but it’s a reminder of what America aspires to be. …In that way, realizing that this is the landscape I’m stepping into, I wanted to shine a ray of optimism and levity.