33rd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival

On April 28th, 33rd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival held its press conference at the beautiful theater inside the Rubin Museum of Art to detail the information regarding the festival at both Dumbo and Ellis Island locations as well as introduce all the participating VIPs, emcees, sponsors, community groups and performers. 

Ms. Louise Brooks, Community Relations & Volunteer Programs Manager of Rubin Museum of Art, welcomed media, and all guests and showed their support for 33rd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival. (The Rubin Museum of Art is an American museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, especially Tibetan art. The museum opened in October 2004, and displays more than 1,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, textiles, as well as ritual objects from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. Besides exhibitions based on the museum’s permanent collection, it also serves as a venue for national and international traveling exhibitions.)

Louise Brooks

Mr. Corky Lee (Chinese American Hero/ Asian American Photographer) was the host for the press conference.  He also described the background and history for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Corky Lee

Beautiful singer Tiffany Ashley Viray and two amazing dancers from New York Chinese Cultural Center performed during the press conference to kick off the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Tiffany Ashley Viray

New York Chinese Cultural Center

Many participating emcees also attended the press conference including Ti-Hua Chang (Award-winning Chinese American broadcast journalist, he is currently a general assignment and investigative reporter for WNYW, the FOX affiliate in New York) and Air Tabigue (Stand Up Comedian, he has appeared on NBC, FOX and TFC and was former host of Asian America on PBS covering talented Asian-American artists in entertainment).  They both brought their beautiful kids, the future emcees, to attend the press conference of the 33rd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival.

Ti-Hua Chang and his beautiful kids

Air Tabigue and his cute son

Many performers and representatives of the performing group also attended the press conference including: UZUHI band,  New York Chinese School Crimson Kings Drum, Chinese Freemason Athletic Club’s Lion Dance, Byakkokan Dojo, World Martial Arts Center, New York Chinese Cultural Center, Yosakoi Dance Project, Tiffany Ashley Viray and Robert Lee of ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS CENTRE!

Representatives and organizers of 33rd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival (Executive Director Stephen Chen,VP of Operation Karen Chan, VP of Sponsorship Carson Tang, VP of Performance Diana Lee from our very own AsianInNY) detailed the theme, location, direction and participating vendors as well as the selected performers who will be at the festival. They welcome everyone to participate and support the amazing talent you can expect to see!

Executive Director Stephen Chen

VP of Sponsorship Carson Tang

VP of Operation Karen Chan

Mr. Doug Treem, Park Ranger of Ellis Island, also made a special appearance to attend the press conference to talk about the history of Ellis Island and its support to have the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival there.

Doug Treem, Park Ranger of Ellis Island

Details for the press release:

The 33rd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 on Ellis Island from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Brooklyn Archway in Dumbo, from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

Organized by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans since 1979, this annual festival is the longest running and largest event celebrating pan-Asian heritage nationwide. It celebrates not only the value of families, but also our heritage which make us proud to be Asian American and Pacific Islander. The festival is free and open to the public thanks to generous contributions from sponsors as well as from supporting companies and many Asian communities and organizations. More than 20,000 visitors are expected for an impressive line-up of performances, fun activities for children and adults alike, and savory samples of Asian cuisine. Numerous Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations will be present to inform visitors about useful services, volunteer opportunities, and resources to get involved in the community. Attendees can expect a riveting lineup of performances and speakers including:

Confirmed special appearance by Mr. Eric Adams, New York State Senator; Mr. John Liu, Comptroller, City of New York, and Mr. Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President

Emcees by Ti-Hua Chang, Bea Hundel, CeFaan Kim, Air Tabigue, and Michelle Yu

Opening ceremony by Color Guard of Navy Operational Support Center NYC

Martial arts and cultural demonstration by New York Chinese School Crimson Kings Drum, Chinese Freemason Athletic Club’s Lion Dance, City Wing Tsun, Byakkokan Dojo, and World Martial Arts Center

Music performances by The Stone Forest Ensemble, The Hsu-Nami, UZUHI, Mitchell Grey, Kirby Asunto, Pamela J Powell, and Tiffany Ashley Viray

Dance presentations by Polynesian Dance, Bollywood Axion Dance, New York Chinese Cultural Center, Yosakoi Dance Project, NYC Bhangra, and I LOVE DANCE’s Kpop Dance Group

Asian traditional folk arts presentations by Rose Sigal-Ibsen, Kavita Vyas, Ye Xun, Jampa Youden, Duong Trung, and Ming Liang Lu

The community festival will be packed with lively entertainment, tasty eats, and valuable resources in celebration of Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month — and the rich culture, history and accomplishments of Asian American and Pacific Islander. For more details on the event, go to: http://capaonline.org.

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