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2015 Vietnamese New Year Festival in Orlando hosted by the Vietnamese Catholic Church

Photos: Don Vu and Ricky Ly On Jan 31 weekend, the Vietnamese Catholic Church of Orlando, St Philip Phan van minh hosted their annual Vietnamese New Year Festival at the Central Florida Fairgrounds for 2015 – the year of the goat/sheep. The festival is full of Vietnamese street food vendors, playground and game area for kids, performances and cultural shows, and...

A Dream of a Drummer: Taiko drummer Jason Seymore raises funds to study taiko in Japan

Musicians dream of making it big by selling millions of records and performing for arenas full of people, but taiko drummer Jason Seymore follows a different beat. Instead of playing for the masses, Seymore plans to teach music to classes by opening his own taiko drumming school. Before he can do that, Seymore must study in the place where...

Japanese culture, food, and excitement at the Orlando Japan Festival

Orlando Japan Festival 2015
The Orlando Japan Festival is an annual event put on by the Japan Association of Orlando, the local Orlando Japanese community, and is one of my favorite events of the year – where you can have a taste of the street food from Japan like takoyaki octopus balls to gyu don beef rice bowls, and of course sushi, all...

The first ever Hello Kitty Convention in the world

On November 2nd, Sanrio celebrated their famous character’s 40th anniversary by hosting the very first Hello Kitty convention in Los Angeles, California. This sold out event featured themed art exhibits, food, workshops, and exclusive products. Yuko Yamaguchi, the main designer of Hello Kitty even made an appearance to give hundreds of lucky ticket holders a personalized autograph! Hello Kitty...

Wah Lum Cultural Center keeps Chinese culture alive in Orlando

Mrs and Mr Tony Leung, Carling Leong, Grand Master Pui Chan, Grandmaster John Leong, Master Lee Siu Hung, Mrs. Lee, and Yin Fong Lee-Pang
(To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) The Wah Lum Temple celebrated the opening of the new Chinese Cultural Center and Museum on November 1st with guests and masters all over the States, Hong Kong and England. Traditional Lion and Dragon Dances, Kung Fu, Chinese drumming performed by Wah Lum students kicked off the grand opening of the center. As a steward of the Chinese culture, the...

Diwali Show @ UCF

Diwali Show @ UCF
On October 19, 2014, Sangam - The Indian Students Association at University of Central Florida hosted its annual diwali show celebrations at the university. The event was hosted in the Pegasus ballroom beginning at 6 pm. The event was free for all UCF students, faculty, and staff to attend. There were performances from various organizations and teams around campus such as Knights Khangna & Knight Raas as...

A Whole New World: The Asian Cultural Expo and Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival takes places in a new venue

Wah Lum Lion Dance
The 5th Annual Asian Cultural Expo and 8th Annual Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival found a new home in Turkey Lake at Bill Frederick Park, on Saturday, October 18. Previously held at Downtown Disney, both events boasted an array of attendees from all across Florida as well as areas around the world. Performers and dragon boat teams traveled from many places such as Canada and Thailand. In the Dragon...

Atlanta JapanFest 2014

Matsuriza Taiko
Atlanta JapanFest 2014 was held at Gwinnett Center in Duluth GA on September 20 and Sep 21. This two-day festival drew over 18,500 attendees, one of the largest attendance figures in the festival’s 28 year history. Atlanta JapanFest has become the largest Japanese festival in the Southeast, and one of the largest in the United States. Photos: Kikuko Moribe & Candy Miyuki JapanFest featured the famous Candy artist Candy...

Asian Cultural Festival at Orlando Fashion Square Draws Thousands for May Heritage Month Celebration

Dragon Dance and Lion Dance
In song, by the rhythm of the dance and to the beat of the drums, the vibrant and diverse Asian cultures of Orlando were on display at the Asian American Heritage Council of Central Florida’s 2014 celebration held on Saturday, May 31. City of Orlando Commissioner Robert Stuart and Acting Consulate General of Indonesia His Excellency Isman Pasha welcomed a...

Festival of India – a vibrant celebration of culture, arts and cuisine

Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) The Hindu Society of Central Florida hosted its annual Festival of India on March 29 at the Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) Community Hall and Grounds.  It was a day filled with music, dance, games, competitions, shopping and fun.  A wide range of stalls selling jewelry, clothes, saris, hanna...
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