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May 8, 2007 > Celebrate Asian Style

Celebrate Asian Style

Asian Americans played a key part in the development of the United States including our local communities. From Western frontier boomtowns to Hawaiian plantations and the rough streets of Manhattan, Asian Americans were instrumental in the construction and development of U.S. cities and states. The culture of Asian Americans is deep and vast; it spans not only time, but also home countries and their respective cultures.

Too often young Americans including Asian Americans have no real understanding of the breadth of achievement and length of history that lies behind their families and ancestors. Many Americans are unaware of the unique traditions, music, and art that embody their roots. The Asian American Heritage Festival presents an opportunity for all Americans to celebrate and learn the wealth of ancient art, philosophy, craftsmanship, colorful literature and folklore that have sprung from Asian cultures.

This year's festival will feature live ethnic performances performed by local residents from Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and other Asian Pacific countries. There will be over 120 performers including Taiko Drummers, Thai classical dancers from Wat Buddhanusorn (Thai Buddhist temple in Fremont), cultural dances of the Philippines performed by Yamot / Pinatubo Cultural Ensemble, Middle Eastern Dancers and Musicians, Hawaiian Dancers, Taiwanese cultural dances and show. Enjoy a day filled with excitement and action; sample the flavors of Asia at numerous food booths too.

The Asian American Heritage Festival is sponsored by the City of Union City, The Asian American Federation of California, the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Bay Area, and State Farm Insurance.

Asian American Heritage Festival
Saturday, May 12
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church
32975 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City
John Hsieh (510) 784-7341 or Lee Guio (408) 888-8413
Church phone: (510) 471-2581
www.aafc-ca.org
Admission is free

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