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APAHA in May - Our Rich Tapestry of Cultures


BY Alex Wang [ April 30, 2011 at 20:08:01 ]

Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) will celebrate 2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the theme “Our Rich Tapestry of Cultures”and events throughout May, the national APA Heritage Month

On Saturday, April 30, 2011 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association’s month-long celebration of the month of May will start with the Heritage Month Kick-off. The event from 2 to 5 pm at Houston Galleria II, 5085 Westheimer Rd, (In front of Ann Taylor) is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) sponsors cultural, educational, and awareness initiatives throughout the year leading to the month of May, the national Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. APAHA serves as the host organization of the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Kick-off, the first in a series of month-long celebrations. The annual Heritage Month Kick-off engages together thousands of Houstonians.

The APAHA Heritage Month Kick-off is a cultural program of Asian/Pacific Fashion Show on stage, dances, music, presentations, giveaways, table booths, and an indoor parade with dancers, sponsors, VIPs and members of the APA community in ethnic attire. A limited number of chairs will be set up for VIPs and general public. Fortune cookies will be given away.

On Saturday, May 7, 12 noon to 7 pm, APAHA presents the Houston APA Heritage Festival at “the birthplace of Houston” - Allen’s Landing, along the Buffalo Bayou waterfront in Downtown Houston (1001 Commerce Street and Main). This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. It represents the richness and complexity of our cultures woven into the fabric of our great city which started in Allen’s Landing in the 1830’s. We are thrilled to team up with the 2011 Dragon Boat Festival in a convergence of lively boat races and land festivities.

APAHA brings Houstonians a unique occasion to experience “Our Rich Tapestry of Cultures” - an array of APA arts and crafts, performers, and culinary delights to immerse you in a culturally vibrant APA (spell out) community. The Festival brings together thousands of Houstonians annually who together enjoy the vibrant culture and traditions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through a sample of our cuisine, colorful arts and crafts, and themed shows. Festival website: http://www.houstonapahafestival.com/

Also on Saturday, May 7, 3 pm to 4 pm, APAHA Ramen Noodle Contests—2011 will be held at Allen’s Landing (at APAHA Festival). This fun event will have community organization, corporate and individual teams.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) is proud to announce that it will honor notable Asian/Pacific and other Americans who have made contributions to the United States and to the Asian/Pacific American community with their talent and service to make a significant difference. The awards will be presented at APAHA’s 19th Anniversary Gala with the theme “Dancing With The Stars” on Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Omni Houston Hotel on 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056. Reception and Silent Auction will start at 6 p.m. and program will begin at 7 pm.

Co-chairs Betty Gee and Tammy Gee Su present the Gala with entertainment featuring dancing stars Mandy Kao, Randy Sim, Tammy Su, and Viet Hoang.

The 2011 Corporate Achievement Award will be bestowed upon Marathon Oil Corporation for Marathon Oil Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropic efforts towards education, environment, health and human services, and arts and culture, through its support of nonprofits.

Judy Wong will be honored with the 2011 - President George H.W. Bush Heritage Award for her unique and outstanding career as an Asian Pacific American female professional angler and numerous achievements and national awards in her chosen field.

The 2011 Asian/Pacific American Outstanding Community Service Award will be bestowed upon Vietnamese Community of Houston & Vicinities in acknowledgement of VNCH’s humanitarian mission and social services to the disadvantaged and all other Vietnamese Americans and for outstanding and valuable services to the APA community over the years.

The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Rathna Kumar for outstanding years of service to the Asian Pacific American community and achievements in the performing arts, for ties and service to APAHA as a former Board Director and as Recipient of the 2010 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – a prestigious Indian national award.


APAHA Annual Art Exhibit, the annual Asian/Pacific theme art show will be held Art Institute of Houston, 1900 Yorktown Street. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Opening Reception is on May 18, 6 to 8 pm and Exhibit will run from May 16 to June 8.


APAHA co-sponsors Documentary 442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity
with Japanese American Citizens League of Houston, and Consulate General of Japan on May 12, 7 pm, at Museum of Fine Arts Houston
http://mfah.org/film/442-live-honor-die-dignity/ For tickets http://www.mfah.org/films/
During WWII, soldiers of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mainly of Japanese-Americans, fought not only the enemy, but also prejudice, as they faced severe racial discrimination in their homeland. Despite these challenges, the 442nd became one of the most decorated regiments for its size and length of service in the history of the United States military. A Q & A with Floyd Mori, president of the National Japanese American Citizens League will follow the screening.


APAHA co-sponsors Houston Public Library World Language Center’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration. Dance groups are provided courtesy of APAHA. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Central Library Plaza, May 21, 2-4 pm
Stanaker Neighborhood Library, May 11 4:30 pm
Henington-Alief Regional Library, May 12, 4 pm
Ring Neighborhood Library, May 17, 4 pm
Carnegie Neighborhood Library, May 18, 3 pm
Walter Neighborhood Library, May 24, 3 pm

About APAHA


Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization serving communities in Greater Houston. APAHA's mission is “to promote Asian Pacific American Accomplishments and Heritage” through education, awareness, and celebration.

In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week. In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in 1843.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was founded in 1992 to “promote awareness and understanding of the Asian Pacific American cultures and their diversity through education and celebration programs, focusing on May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), and continuing throughout the year. To make a difference in our community, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) collaborates with many community and educational entities to provide educational, cultural programs.


APAHA prides itself as being the umbrella group for all Asian Pacific American organizations in Houston. We have relationships and collaborative initiatives with nonprofits representing all APA communities. Our website’s comprehensive APA community event listing is reflective of this role.

AWARENESS
Each February, APAHA organizes a Lunar New Year Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Houston. APAHA volunteers introduce early cross cultural impressions on hundreds of young minds through Asian/Pacific cultural arts and craft activities, demonstrations, and performances.
In May, APAHA celebrates APA Heritage Day at Kolter Elementary, an HISD magnet school, with Kolter students and a speaker of APA heritage, prominent in sports, media or another field.
APAHA offers a Cultural/Interfaith Bus Tour highlighting different places of worship such as a Buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, a mosque, and Chinatown to Houstonians who might never venture out on their own.

EDUCATION
APAHA Distinguished Speaker Series is a quarterly event featuring a national or local author or scholar and dinner at an Asian restaurant.
APAHA volunteers participate in Houston Independent School District’s Asian American College and Career Day as speakers providing helpful insight into their successful careers to Asian American students and parents.
APAHA provides scholarships to college students and has an endowment fund at the University of Houston.

CELEBRATION
A yearly tradition since inception, APAHA’s cultural, educational and awareness initiatives throughout the year lead to the month of May, the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honors the achievements of American ethnic groups with roots in Asia and the Pacific Islands and recognizes their contributions to the United States.

The celebration starts with a Heritage Month Kick Off, an APA cultural show free and open to the public at Houston Galleria with dance performances, an Asian fashion show, presentations and Asian American Nonprofit and other table/booths.

APAHA serves as host organization of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival, the highlight of the month-long celebration. Held at Discovery Green Conservancy Park, the all-day festival enjoys thousands of visitors. Asian nonprofits, crafts, culinary delights, artists, local, national and international dance and music performances immerse Festival visitors into a rich and vibrant cultural experience.

In partnership with the Art Institute of Houston, APAHA highlights the artwork of local APA artists and Asian theme artwork of others in the APAHA Annual Art Exhibit.

The month ends with the APAHA Anniversary Gala, celebrating the culture, heritage, and contributions of Houston’s Asian Pacific Americans in business, arts, science, public service, and philanthropy. APAHA presents the George H.W. Bush Award, the Corporate Achievement Award, and the APA Community Award to prominent Asian Americans.


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