Matsuriza Taiko Keeps Japanese Culture Alive at Epcot for 25 Years

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Matsuriza Taiko
The traditional Japanese Taiko drumming group, Matsuriza, was founded in the United States in 1988. Matsuriza, which means “Festival of Drumming” was named in hopes that the festive performance would bring joy and energy to its audience, transcending cultural boundaries. It has been a World Showcase staple at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, for over 25 years. Matsuriza performance at the Epcot. Photo credit:...

The Asian American Response to COVID-19

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After the announcement of the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, we have seen that some people have started to act out in fear against people of Asian descent. In late March, the FBI predicted a surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans, due to racial profiling as COVID-19 carriers. The website “Stop-AAPI-Hate” has received more than 1,000...

STATE OF FLORIDA REQUIREMENTS ON RESTAURANTS, BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS

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On March 17, Governor DeSantis just announced that all bars and nightclubs close for 30 days start at 5 pm. Additionally, there is a 50% capacity limitation in restaurants and encourages utilizing takeout and delivery. Limit customer entry to 50% of capacity. Stagger and limit seating to ensure seated parties are...

Orlando Japan Festival brings Japan Cultures to Central Florida

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The Orlando Japan Festival, organized by the Japan Association of Orlando, is an annual event held at Kissimmee Lakefront Park in November. The festival features many great performances, Japanese cuisine, Japanese merchandise and kid activities every year.  The 19th annual festival was held on November 17, 2019 and event organizer estimated that the festival attracted more than 8,500 attendees, making it one of...

PHILFEST 25TH ANNIVERSARY CANCELLED

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March 8, 2020, Tampa, Florida – Due to the pandemic spread of the Coronavirus all over the United States and globally, the Officers and Members of the Board of the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. (PCFI) organizers of the most popular annual Philippine festival in the East Coast have decided to cancel this year “PHILFEST” that was originally...

Downtown Library Holds Seventh Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

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On February 8, hundreds of people turned out for the seventh annual Chinese New Year Celebration at Orlando downtown library organized by the Chinese School of CAACF. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10219077393539310&type=3 Photos: Chet Karwowski and C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) CHARGE dragon boat team of...

8th Annual India Day Huge Turnout and Success

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Orlando, FL - The Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (IACC) once again hosted India Day at Amway Center in Downtown Orlando. This year marks the most attended and successful year for India Day. Nearly a sell out crowd to watch the Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat attendees enjoyed dances, street festival and topped by Bollywood superstar...

REACH of Central Florida Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Volunteer Service

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On February 1st, Recognizing Experiencing Asian Cultural Heritage (REACH) of Central Florida celebrated its 10th year anniversary at the Plaza Live. For 10 years now REACH has been an integrated part of the Central Florida Asian American community as a consistent and effective volunteer-based and young-leaders. The Anniversary Banquet was organized by the current REACH 2019-2020 Board...

2nd Annual FusionFest to Celebrate Diversity Cultures in Central Florida

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Fusion Fest was a great experience for me to partake in. I had never been there before, and I didn’t know what to expect. All I was told was that it was the blending of cultures through music and food. Upon arriving I saw many people colorfully dressed in their native garbs.  What surprised me was when I would look...

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Florida 2020

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Dragon Parade 2018
The Lunar Chinese New Year 2020 is celebrated on Saturday, January 25th, according to the traditional Chinese Calendar. 2020 is a Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar: the holiday falls on the second new moon after...
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