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11th Annual Bon Fest Returns on September 9

The 11th Annual Bon Fest
Free event offers authentic Japanese food, dancing and fun activities for all ages PENSACOLA, Fla. (September 5, 2017) – There is no need to travel the more than 7,000 miles to Pensacola’s sister city of Gero to celebrate Japanese culture when the 11th Annual Bon Fest returns onSaturday, September 9  from noon to 4 p.m. at Booker T. Washington High School, located at 6000 College...

Orlando Taiko Dojo Workshop Welcomes Vietnamese Students

Taiko workshop
A rain-dampened summer afternoon in Orlando, Florida brought Vietnamese Thuyen May Productions members to the Japanese Orlando Taiko Dojo where they were to learn the art of Taiko drumming. The dojo was located near the Florida Mall and in a quiet, serene business office area off La Quinta Drive. Over twenty Thuyen May members arrived in a sea of...

Awards Ceremony Highlights Success of Orlando Main Street Districts

Orlando Main Streets Award Ceremony
On July 29, 2017, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Commissioners joined with the City’s Orlando Main Street Districts to honor and recognize the individuals and businesses who fill these unique neighborhood commercial areas with local character and make them desired destinations to live, work and play in. “I am so proud to celebrate these districts, businesses and individuals...

NAPABA Congratulates BJay Pak on Nomination to be the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

BJPak
WASHINGTON — On Friday, July 21, President Trump announced the nomination of Byung J. “BJay” Pak to be the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. If confirmed, Pak would be the first Asian Pacific American to hold this position. “We congratulate BJay Pak on his nomination to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia,”...

Florida Simulation Summit to be Held September 7

Sim Summit 2017
Florida Simulation Summit to be Held September 7: Keynote Speaker at Ford Motor Company’s Digital Innovation Group Hosted by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the National Center for Simulation Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the National Center for Simulation will host the Florida Simulation Summit on September 7, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center,...

Discovering the Ramadan

Ramadan
With about 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, 1.1 billion reside in Asia making it the largest religion there followed by Hinduism. Like other several other Asian calendar systems, the Islamic Hijri Calendar is lunar and includes 12 months based on the cycles of the moon.  The 9th month of the Hijri Calendar is regarded as the most sacred - Ramadan. This...

School is Cool: Thuyen May Productions’ First Vietnamese Cultural Summer Camp

Thuyen May Productions
In the early morning, tinkering sounds can be heard from the parted doors of the Asia Trend Community Learning Center / Y.E.S.S. Center FL. Underneath the buzzing of a standing motor fan, a few students and their instructors set up tables and chairs for the first day of class. Far in the back of the center, a lunch area...

Miss Earth Philippine from “TRASH to CLASS” Fashion Show

Miss Philippines Earth 2017 Trash-to-Clas
Manila, Philippines – Last June 27th, I had the pleasure to have been invited by Peachy Veneracion former Miss Philippines, as one of the judges to a very unique charity fashion show entitled “TRASH TO CLASS” presented by the Miss Earth Philippines 2017 beauty pageant contestants, emphasizing the pageants message of protecting Mother Earth in a presentation entitled “TRASH TO CLASS.” The...

REACH of Central Florida decorated 8 walls at Asia Trend Community Learning Center to build unity

REACH Wall
REACH of Central Florida officers and members from Five (Cypress Creek, Winter Park, University High, Seminole High, Lake Nona) different high schools came together to decorate the Asia Trend Cultural Learning Center as a summer project in 2016.  The idea came from the center’s executive director Shally Wong who would like to showcase the richness of Asian culture to the public. ...

AACC Celebrates the “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month”

AACC
The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida - AACC Celebrates “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month” at Orlando City Hall on May 3, 2017.  What a great way to kickoff this month of celebration.  Mayor Buddy Dyer gave welcome remarks, Commissioner Robert Stuart read the Proclamation; and Commissioner Patty Sheehan also gave words of welcome. Monica Joelle Ortiz started...
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