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an expanded children’s area – KIDDIZ COOL LOUNGE, a Shoe Free Zone with costumed characters & creative craft stations
YOGA SWARGA – a Sun Salutation flash mob
FIESTA ASIAMOVES – Flash Mob Dancing through the era
entertainment on four stages by 70 performing groups from over 20 cultures.
a parade featuring lion dances and regional cultural organizations
Asian delicacies will be available for purchase – fresh sugar cane juice, bulgogi, halo-halo, pastel and more.
For more information, visit www.asiaheritagefoundation.org.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. During the month, Asian Americans around the nation celebrate with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. Congress later voted to expand it from a week long to a month long celebration. According to the 2000 Census Bureau, the Asian-American community is the fastest growing group in the DC Metro Area. Over the last decade, the number of Asians who have relocated to the DC area has increased by approximately 30 percent.