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May 14, 2013 > Asian American Heritage Festival

Asian American Heritage Festival

Submitted By John Hsieh

The 20th annual Asian American Heritage Festival will be held Sunday May 19, 2013 at the Hayward City Hall Plaza. This successful and popular family event has outgrown its original indoor venue in Union City and a decision was made to seek a larger, outdoor location in the City of Hayward.

Asian Americans have always played a key part in the development of the United States. From the boomtowns of the Western frontier to the plantations of Hawaii, to the rough streets of Manhattan, Asian Americans were instrumental in the construction and development of our cities and states. The culture of Asian Americans is deep and vast as it spans not only over time but also to home countries and their respective cultures.

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 these various cultures.

This year's festival will feature live performances by visiting artists and local residents from Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and other Asian Pacific countries. Over 200 performers include: Taiko Drum by Onami Taiko; Thai classical dancers from Wat Buddhanusorn temple in Fremont; Steps, Styles and Spotlights presenting cultural dances of the Philippines; belly Dance by Troupe Celene; Hawaiian Hula Dance; Taiwanese cultural dances by the Fremont Taiwanese School; Polynesian dance by Nani and Friends Polynesian Group; Chinese classical dance by Ling Wang Dance Studio and Scrolls of Taiko II: Drums of Noto Hanto by Wadaiko, Newark.

All are welcome to attend and sample foods from various cultures in support of Asian American Heritage month.

The Festival Committee extends its thanks to sponsors including: City of Hayward, Asian American Federation of California, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco Bay Area and State Farm Insurance.

For more information, visit

Asian American Heritage Festival
Sunday, May 19
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
777 B Street, Hayward
Admission - FREE

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