Festival of Indonesia: Unity in Diversity

The Festival of Indonesia had an excellent turnout. The goal was to spread awareness of the rich cultural diversity of the Indonesian islands and it did just that. The food stalls filled with halls with the Indonesian cuisine’s unique aromas, while the other stalls ranged from clothes and jewelry to art and decorative items. Indonesians from all around the...

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 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...

Dear Chris Rock, Your Asian Joke Wasn’t Funny

When it comes to hosting the Oscars, it's almost customary to expect a host who is a comedian. Over the history of the Oscars, we have seen a series of American comedy icons -- such as Steve Martin, Jon Stewart and Ellen Degeneres, to name a few -- carry the weight of the Oscars' success on their shoulders to...

桜会/SAKURA-KAI: Japanese women community group of Central Florida celebrated 40th anniversary

On August 11th, Sakura-kai celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special luncheon at Rangetsu Japanese Restaurant of Lake Lily. Sakura means cherry blossom and Kai means a group in Japanese. Sakura-kai is a community group for Japanese women in Central Florida. About 50 members gathered from all over Central Florida to commemorate its long history. Many were long-time members, but some were second or even third generation family...

REACH powered by Asia Trend Dragon Boat Team demonstrates the real team work

Despite having the youngest and lightest crew, REACH managed to surpass expectations once again this year. We raced a 2:31:51 time our first race, 7 seconds faster than our team record, a time we would have considered inconceivable before the festival. Dragon boat racing is a fulfilling experience. Every paddler is equally important because every person on a 20 paddler...

Asia Trend Magazine Goes Green

Shally Wong
Asia Trend Magazine is putting the past behind it. Starting September, you won’t see its magazine rack beside Asian language newspapers and local newspapers at Asian restaurants and stores in Florida. “We started the magazine 10 years ago. Can’t believe it was like yesterday. In 2005, we started a new magazine called Asia Trend Magazine, reporting on Asian-related news, lifestyles,...

Asian community of Orlando celebrates the 5th annual Asian Cultural Festival at the Orlando Fashion Square

Orlando, Florida – Thousands of Central Floridian Asian Americans, their friends, neighbors and guests congregated at the Orlando Fashion Square last May 7, to celebrate the Asian American Heritage Month, traditionally a presidential proclamation every May to acknowledge and recognize the various national contributions of skills, talents, and vitality of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the United States. Event...

Spectacular Chinese Culture Variety Shows at Confucius Institute of Miami Dade College

For the celebration of Chinese Mid-autumn Festival and “Confucius Institute Day”, two grand Chinese culture and art shows were held by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College, at Wolfson and at Kendall campuses on September 25th and 26th, respectively. The show, given by the performing troupe from Jiangsu Normal University in China, was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters...

The Council For Filipino American Association of Central Florida…Serves the Community

Counsul General, Emil Fernandez
Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) In response to an overwhelmingneed for Consular services, the Council For Filipino American Organizations, otherwise known as CFAO partnered with the Philippine Embassy, Washington D.C. in the conduct of another Consular Outreach held on September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Marks Senior Center, Orlando Florida. For two consecutive days, the...
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