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CALLING ALL CENTRAL FLORIDA MARTIAL ARTISTS: You are cordially challenged to attend this summer’s 16th Annual International Chinese Martial Arts Tournament!

On the weekend of July 11-13th, the largest Chinese Martial Arts Championship in North America is coming to the Orlando area. The event will be held at the gracious Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. Taking place in our own ‘back yard’, this event is the crown jewel of the entire global International Chinese Martial Arts Tournament Circuit & is...

Galloping in Style at the St. Patrick’s Night Parade

Rough Riders’ St. Patrick’s night parade
SACA (Suncoast Association of ChineseAmericans) dragon boat team celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 15, 2014 by participating in the Rough Riders’ St. Patrick’s night parade in downtown Ybor City (Tampa), Florida. This St. Patrick’s night parade was the largest in the southeast region. It’s like New Orleans style Mardi Gras in Florida! Over 20,000 people crowed downtown Ybor City...

The Power of the Dragon: Bridging a Gap

Dueling Dragons
Founded in 2011, The Dueling Dragons of Orlando Dragon Boat Team (aka “Cops and Kids”) is an unlikely partnership between at-risk teens and officers from the Orlando Police Department who have joined together to become a one-of-akind, competitive, year-round racing team. The Kids come from the City of Orlando’s Operation Positive Direction, Parramore Kidz Zone, and the Orlando Parks...

Gasparilla International Film Festival

As with all good things, so too did the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) have to come to an end. This year’s closing night ended with a wonderfully humorous and heartwarming film, Chu and Blossom, filmed locally at our very own Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Photos: The Bokeh Studio The film centered on the life of Joon Chu, a Korean...

Miyuki Sugimori – one of the 15 Japanese candy craft (Amezaiku) artists in the world

Candy Miyuki
Miyuki is an Ame Zaiku artist who had performed at Epcot’s Japanese Pavilion inside the World Showcase since 1996; with her last performances occurring on November 23, 2013. Miyuki is one of the only women trained in Ame Zaiku or Japanese Candy Art, a candy artistry dating back 250 years to the Edo period. There are only 15 formally...

2nd Annual Walgreens Space Coast Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo

This is the 2nd annual dragon boat festival in Space Coast and it has grown bigger and bigger with more than twenty teams competing in three different divisions. Part of this annual event includes a great festival on-land for colleagues, friends and family to take part in. With free admission for spectators, they will be able to enjoy a variety...

A Mini-Travel Guide to Bali, The Island of the Gods

Bali, an island province of Indonesia, is the essence of a tropical paradise, renowned for its traditional dance, music, artwork, and enviable beaches for surfing. From its volcanic mountains to rice paddies, Bali is a very spiritual place full of natural wonders. Here in Bali the majority of the citizens adhere to Balinese Hinduism, rich with thousands of years of...

Puff – one of the strongest teams in South Florida

Puff Dragon Boat Team
Puff is a competitive dragon boat team based in Miami since 2003.  This team has seen a steady rise over recent years, and through ongoing hard work and perseverance, is now the reigning champion in both women’s and mixed divisions at the prestigious Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, among other events.  Puff had 9 members on the latest incarnation...

Asian American Night at the Amway Center 2014

AACC Magic Night
Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) On March 5, 2014, the Orlando Magic hosted Asian American Night at the Amway Center  when the Magic played the Houston Rockets.  The Asian Community was well represented by Jeremy Lin of the Rockets. Jimmy Missouri, Account Executive with the Orlando Magic played a big part in coordinating this event along...

Two Triumphs in February ~Stars from the Land of Rising Sun~ Kei Nishikori 錦織圭 Kurumi Nara 奈良くるみ

Kei Nishikori 錦織圭
On February 16, 2014, Kei Nishikori  錦織圭  of Japan defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia to decide the 2014 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Memphis, TN) with scores of 6-4 and 7-6. He is the reigning champion for the second year running. Nishikori commented “this tournament was mine to win. And although the opponents were lower ranked, they were all very...
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