PHILFEST 2015 – three-day non-stop cultural celebration

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...

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...

The Development of Chinese Character Scripts on Exhibit February 1 – April 30, 2016

Chinese Character Scripts on Exhibit
Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced that the Department of State’s 22nd Floor Gallery in the State Capitol Building is hosting an exhibition of calligraphic works by Mr. HU Ching-san, Deputy Chief Curator of the Department of Rare Books of the National Palace Museum of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Mr. HU Ching-san has provided 15 types of calligraphic...

Ending the Lunar New Year with Historical San Francisco Parade

San Francisco Parade
At precisely 5 p.m. on February 15, San Francisco locals and visitors alike excitedly pressed up against the metal, grill fences that were all lined up along the parade route, ready to end the Lunar Year celebrations with a loud and lengthy bang. All were ready for the explosive display of marching bands, mardi-gras-esque floats, lion dancers, and the...

Orlando Youthful Dragon Boat Team: REACH of Central Florida

REACH Dragon Boat team
The day I learned to dragonboat, it was a hot, muggy Saturday morning.  I nervously stood as I watched CHARGE paddlers demonstrate the basics of dragon boating.  Until then, I had no clue about how to paddle or even how to hold a paddle. That was over two years ago.  Today, I have come to appreciate the teamwork and endurance...

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...

Buy Your Luck?! New Year’s specialty Fukubukuro – Lucky Bags!

Fukubukuro Lucky Bag
One of the special and fun New Year’s activities in Japan is the bargain sale called Hatsuuri or the first sale. The highlight of Hatsuuri is the sale of “Fukubukuro” or lucky bags, which is a very popular custom in Japan. The idea behind Fukubukuro originates from a bag that God carries which is filled with luck. Fukubukuros are...

Korean Culture Summer Camp & Korean Food Festival keeps Korean culture alive

Korean Culture Summer Camp & Korean Food Festival
Korean American Association of Central Florida hosted the 2nd annual Korean Culture Camp at the Orlando Korean Presbyterian Church from July 15th to July 19th followed by the Korean Food Festival on July 19th at the Eastmonte Civic Center. The purpose of the camp is to provide Korean cultural education to the Korean Americans at the Greater Orlando area. (Several) overseas teachers from Korea spent a week...

Blessing for World Peace: A Universal Value of Compassion, Responsibility and Education

President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in the White House, July 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, the Washington Wizards NBA Team, and… His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso - the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet? What’s the commonality? All drew sold-out crowds at the Verizon Center, an arena that holds over 20,000 people in the heart of Chinatown in Washington DC. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a title given to the religious leader of Tibetan Buddhists...

Manish’s Zodiac Signs Predictions – July 2016

Aries (21 March – 19 April) - There will be greater maturity and depth to boot and July will bring an opportunity to benefit from a much-needed step back to optimise your considerable chances of using your potential to create a few sparks! If you are in a relationship, it will be time to face the reality of your feelings...
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