May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the many cultures and customs of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. One organization in Houston that strives to promote the vibrant diversity of our community is the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA).
This year, APAHA celebrates 20 years of service to the Greater Houston community. Founded in 1992, APAHA collaborates with various community and educational entities throughout the year to provide educational, cultural and scholarship programs.
On April 28th, APAHA hosted a kick-off event at the Galleria as a prelude to heritage month. The event included a fashion show featuring Asian clothing and cultural dance performances. The organization will formally celebrate its 20th Anniversary at its Annual Gala on May 18th, where it will also recognize honorees for their commitment to the community.
The 2012 APAHA Heritage Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th from noon to 7:00 p.m. at Discovery Green. The event is free to the public and is APAHA's signature event promoting the appreciation of Asian and Pacific Islander arts and culture.
The festival features its trademarked "Ramen Noodle Eating Contest," plus an array of signature food items and cooking demonstrations of authentic dishes. Enjoy cultural arts and crafts, including making Hawaiian leis, practicing Chinese calligraphy and trying your hand at Indian henna painting. Plus, take in a variety of musical and dance performances, culminating with the headlining act, The Lady Spade, a Japanese all-girls pop band.
To learn more about APAHA, its mission and upcoming events, visit www.apaha.org.