If you feel like your New Year is off to a bad start, start the New Year in February!
Saturday, February 15, at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) will have its New Year celebration. Doors will open at 10:30 am, program begins at 11 am. Faaluaina Pritchard, executive director for the APCC told us some of the history on this event that started in February 1998. Nearly 10,000 people of all ages attend and this event has showcased many of the 47 Asia-Pacific countries, their history and cultures. This show is open to
All, so people can be immersed in everything about the Asia Pacific countries.
People of the Asian Pacific region have been in America for hundreds of years and have impacted the American way of life in a great many ways, through business, education, arts, and culture. This event portrays and supports the APCC mission to bridge communities and generations. There are over 640,000 people of Asian-Pacific heritage in Washington State, and growing. The Asian Pacific population is the fastest growing ethnic group in the USA according to the 2010 census.
There will be a variety of food booths at this event, including: Sissy’s Specialty Foods, International Chinese Christian Church, Legacy-Filipino, Peva’s Chop Suey – Polynesian Foods, and Loving Kindness Youth Group – Vietnamese Cuisine. The event will have 60 retail, food, and information booths, a cultural main stage, and a cultural demonstration stage. The demonstrations of many cultural traditions of dance and martial arts will be shown.
Faaluaina commented on the event: “It has drawn thousands of people, annually. This event is a wonderful way to teach about Asian Pacific people. When people know other people in their hearts, that’s when relationships are accepted and respected. It is then that RACE will not matter, and prejudice becomes null, as it should be.”
Faaluaina gives some insight to a special inclusion in this year’s event:, “We are extremely fortunate to work with a great Tahitian Family in Bellevue, Washington, Manu and Malia Radford, to make sure the Island of TAHITI will be showcased this year. Manu and Malia are owners of the Te Fare of Tamatoa Dance Group. The Radfords have been supporters of APCC for the past 10 years.”
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com