REACH of Central Florida Passes On the Holiday Spirit

REACH of Central Florida
As Christmas rapidly approaches, the spirit of giving makes itself known. REACH (Recognizing | Experiencing | Asian | Cultural | Heritage) of Central Florida hosted its annual toy drive. With a plethora of support from schools and companies, we collected over 250 toys this year. REACH distributed these toys to the Harbor House on December 20th while the REACH Ensemble played holiday music in the background. It is...

First White House Initiative Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Roundtable in North Miami

White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)
Increase local AAPI voices and Get Engaged In partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) – Southern Region, the Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) hosted the first WHIAAPI Roundtable on Saturday, October 24 at the NANAY Community Center in North Miami. The purpose of the WHIAAPI Roundtable is to bridge the gap between...

Filling in the Blanks: The Story of a U.S. Soldier Searching for His Birth Parents

Major Tim Walker won’t forget the day he made a 1-star South Korean Navy Admiral and an Army Special Forces Colonel dissolve into tears. It was 2004 and Walker, then a U.S. Navy Lieutenant officer, was stationed in Seoul. As a Korean-American wearing a U.S. military uniform, he was a curiosity among the Korean officers he worked with. After...

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...

Preserving the Philippine Culture for the New Generation

Preserving the Philippine Culture for the New Generation
Bauan, Batangas – PHILIPPINES – Upon my arrival in Manila last December 7th, I received an invitation from a friend Cecile Cordero-Diaz who, like me, was a former member of the Bayanihan, the Philippine National Dance Company. The invitation was for me to be one of the judges for her upcoming Philippine folkdance competition of “The Elementary, Grades 7, 8, 9, and...

Large and in C.H.A.R.G.E. – Meet the dragon boat team of the CAACF

Every year at the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, dragon boat teams glide across waters in a race for the top spot, but one team is charging toward the finish line. Formed in June 2010, C.H.A.R.G.E. Dragon Boat Team is an Orlando-based dragon boat team stemming from the Chinese American Association of Central Florida. Their mission is to promote the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boat racing in...

Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival in Orlando to celebrate the Year of the Dog on February 25, 2018

Dragon Parade
Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. Although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday in Western countries, many of the Asian organizations in America hold large celebrations and parades to share its spring festivity. Cities like Sydney, London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have held many successful Lunar New Year Parades...

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...

The 3rd Annual Sino-US Tourism Directors Summit Kicks off in Orlando

Sino-US Tourism Directors Summit
From October 22 to 23, Shao Qiwei, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration headed a delegation to participate in the 3rd Annual China-US Tourism Directors Summit held in Orlando, Florida. The delegates from the tourism administrations of China’s provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities along with the tourism official bodies of states and municipalities of US attended the meeting.  On the evening of October 22,...

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...
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