Orange County Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Orange County Update Third Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month And Proclamation Ceremony Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orange County’s Board of County Commissioners (BCC) marked Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May by attending a festive cultural celebration held on the lawn of the County’s Administration Center organized by employees and community partners. The event, now in its third year, was coordinated...

Orlando Young Lions

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Dragon Parade Lunar New Year 2015 Stage Performance at Orlando Fashion Square
Lion Dancing - A simple, but unique term given for something that envelops so much in history and is still with us today. By the sight and sound of it, you can picture a street scene with colorful figures with children frolicking around while elders look on with bright smiles and gleaming eyes. What is this Lion Dance that...

PHILFEST 2015 – three-day non-stop cultural celebration

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PhilFest 2015
(To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) The 20th anniversary of PhilFest, one of the country’s largest outdoor Philippine festivals and the trademark three-day fundraising event of the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc., in Tampa, Florida, from April 10 to April 12, was a resounding success. It was sponsored by 19 Philippine-American organizations under the Foundation’s umbrella, headed by PhilFest 2015...

The Mills 50 Dumpster Art Project Phase II

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The Mills 50 Dumpster Art Project Phase II is underway. Thirty submissions were received from numerous local artists and eight were selected for this phase of the project. The dumpsters will be transformed into pieces of public art. Once finished, the dumpsters will be located at Say It Loud, Track Shack Events, Jazzercise Orlando Mills 50 Fitness Center, Pig...

“Hina-matsuri” —Doll Festival (Girls’ Day)

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Girls’ Day = Doll Festival is called Hina-matsuri which is celebrated on March 3rd. In old times, people displayed peach blossoms to purify the environment (to get rid of evil spirits) in the peach blossom season. Another custom was that girls floated straw dolls or paper dolls down a river or streams to the sea to purify themselves. Those dolls...

When tradition meets modernity

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Candy Miyuki at UCF
While some aspects of Japanese food culture, like sushi, and ramen have become more main stream around the world, there are still many traditions and cultural aspects which remain relatively unknown to the general public. For this reason, the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, in collaboration with Ms. Candy Miyuki, organized a Japanese Candy Art and Character Bento demonstration...

Discover This Drink: Makgeolli

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Makgeolli is traditional Korean rice wine that is gaining its popularity in Korea among Generation X and Millennials (those who are born in 1965-1993). The native drink to Korea, has been around since the 9th century Goryeo Dynasty -- in the reign of King Taejo -- the drink, however, in its modern times has largely fall flat in...

My Life in China

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Independent film director, Kenneth Eng, recently graced our Central Florida for the East Coast Premiere of his documentary film, “My Life in China,” at the 2015 Florida Film Festival. During the festival, we received an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with him at the Asia Trend / YESS Center on April 14, 2015. Eng was officially selected for...

Central Florida Dragon Parade welcomes the year of goat

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Miss Vietnam Florida Pageant
Watch the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival videos at Youtube.com/AsiaTrend On February 22, 2015, Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall hosted the 4th-Annual Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival, welcoming in the year of the goat. The festivities started off outside, with the Dragon parade followed by 5 hours of festivities and entertainment inside. The turnout was phenomenal, and a great time was had by...

Dreams will come true if you believe

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Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2015
I admit that the Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival is the biggest thing I have ever done so far in my life. This crazy idea came into life four years ago when the Executive Director of Mills 50 Joanne Grant reached out to me through Ricky Ly for ways to promote the Mills 50 District to...
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