Building Bridges of Opportunity

For 50 years, we’ve believed that more is always possible. We believed we could help immigrant communities prosper and connect to the mainstream, and we did. We believed we could expand our reach to help mainstream commercial clients connect to new opportunities, and we have. We believed we could become the bridge between East and West, and we are. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, that spirit is stronger than ever. Together, we’ll build new bridges of opportunity that give people the confidence to reach further.

Our Story

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Our Customers

Today, we’re the largest independent bank headquartered in Southern California, with more than 120 locations throughout the US and Asia. With the same focus on building financial and cultural bridges, we help customers with diverse financial needs connect to new opportunities.

Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

Bestia, Bavel and Saffy’s

MUSE/IQUE concerts MUSE/IQUE concerts


Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Grameen America portrait

Grameen America

CyberPower PC Inc. CyberPower PC Inc.

CyberPower  PC Inc.

Building Your Dream EVs Building Your Dream EVs


Kam Sang mixed-use projects Kam Sang mixed-use projects

Kam Sang

Ben Lee at East West Bank Ben Lee at East West Bank

Ben Lee

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Gaw Capital

Tyler Perry portrait Tyler Perry portrait

Tyler Perry

Lauren Halsey portrait

Lauren Halsey

Delicious cupcakes

Dots Cupcakes

Worth Watching

Robert James II, Chairman of the National Bankers Association and President of Carver Development CDE, and East West Bank’s Travis Kiyota, SVP, Head of Global Corporate Affairs, discuss how their alliance helps provide people of color with access to credit and capital.

Watch excerpts from The Bridge , a celebration of 50 years

The East West Bank Foundation commissioned director Evan Leong (Linsanity, Snakehead) to create a feature-length documentary that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of East West Bank and explores stories of struggle and success in the Asian American community. You’ll hear from Michelle Yeoh, Cai Guo-Qiang, Xu Bing, Janet Yang, Michelle Kwan, and others on how far we’ve come as a community and how important it is to reach further.

A Musical Collaboration

In the Joy Now Streaming

East meets West in a musical bridge to celebrate the AAPI community. World-renowned singer/songwriter JJ Lin and Grammy-winning artist Anderson .Paak teamed up to create a new song “In the Joy”. The single is the theme for The Bridge, an upcoming feature-length documentary that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of East West Bank’s founding while exploring the full Asian American experience.

Listen to “In the Joy” on all streaming platforms.

Event Highlights

Regional Celebration Events