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Desi Dhammal, Talents of South Asia

Desi Dhammal
On Friday November 3, the Pakistani Student Association at the University of Central Florida hosted their first ever Desi Dhammal, a talent show dedicated towards showcasing the talent of the South Asian community at the University of Central Florida. Acts for the evening ranged from traditional song and dance to more contemporary stylings, all of which were a pleasure...

Community Festivities at Holiday Matsuri 2018

Holiday Matsuri 2018
This past weekend, Holiday Matsuri (also known as Holmat) hosted their third weekend at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Holiday Matsuri (Matsuri (祭) is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday) is a multi-genre convention that brings together fan-based communities during the holidays to have fun and give back. Tickets range from $30-$150,...

Dueling Dragons Sparks Our Community

We are so proud of our Orlando community and its Dragon Boat efforts. Especially rewarding is our cops and teens Dueling Dragons teams.  Yes teams, as this year we have expanded to two boats of paddlers and lowered the age of our teen paddlers to middle school. Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit Founded in 2011, The Dueling Dragons...

Asia Trend/Y.E.S.S. Center FL promotes outing for members to an Figure Skating Show at the Ice Factory

Asia Trend/Y.E.S.S. Center FL
As an ongoing effort to connect with the local community, Asia Trend/Y.E.S.S. center organized a trip to the Ice Factory in Kissimmee for a Figure Skating show on December 13, 2015. As part of the promotion, seniors who visited the Y.E.S.S. Center FL at Orlando Fashion Square Mall were offered free tickets, while younger guests/associates were given a discounted...

13th Annual Experience Asia Festival Returns on October 14

Experience Asia Festival
Perfect for all ages, the free festival showcases Asian and Asian Pacific cultures TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 27, 2017) – The 13th Annual Experience Asia Festival returns to downtown Tallahassee’s Lewis and Bloxham Parks on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Organized by the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT), the Experience Asia Festival showcases the diversity of Asian and Asian Pacific...

ClearOne Sports Center hosts the U.S. Junior National Badminton Championships 2015

ClearOne Badminton Orlando Over 320 players, majority coming from California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington are entered in 25 different events. The event features five age groups contesting boys and girls singles and boys, girls and mixed doubles. The U.S. Junior National Badminton Championships is the largest badminton tournament held in the United States. The championships have become a premier platform for up and...

The Stylish Kotatsu Table: The Japanese way of staying warm!

Japanese kotatsu (炬燵) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, formerly a charcoal brazier but now electric, often built into the table itself. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere: for example the Spanish brasero or Iranian korsi.  The kotatsu now comes with storage space. Japanese online retailer Rakuten, via interior...

Iowa, China and Ethiopia: How One Couple Built Their Family through Birth, Adoption and Love

When I first set out to interview Jane and Dave Jensen of Decorah, Iowa, I envisioned walking away from our interview with a story about how the international adoption process has changed over the years for adoptive parents like the Jensens. I thought I would hear how adoptive parents now travel to the birth country of their child to...

YESS Center Continues to Strive for Excellence

I still remember the moment two years ago when I found out that a spot was available for us to open a cultural center in Orlando.  For me, it was a dream come true.  However, I didn’t realize that others had this vision as well.  As time progressed, I have been amazed at the number of people who had...

Behind The Threads: CASA at UCF Students Hold Candlelight Vigil in support of Hong Kong

In this edition of Behind The Threads, a group of UCF students got together to create an initiative to solely support the people of another country. Their main form of unity and medium would be a t-shirt. On October 16th, 2014 the Chinese American Student Association at UCF held a rally to raise awareness to the recent events in Hong Kong. For the past few days,...
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