The Asian Heritage Festival set for Saturday,
October 5, 2013, in St. Louis promises a magnificent day of colorful
amusements, fresh food choices, cultural demonstrations and entertainments for
children and adults, plus a showcase of Asian goods, cultural treasures and
merchandise from many nations.
The Asian Heritage Festival will feature dozens of entertainments including authentic Kung Fu, Thai drummers, Japanese flower arranging and a Kimono show, plus Asian dance and musical performances, and displays of Asian arts and crafts.
The Asian Heritage Festival will open at 10 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m. at 8020 Olive Boulevard at International Plaza in the heart of the Asian community in University City. The festival is free, and ample parking is available. The Festival is organized by the nonprofit Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (AACC). For information visit the website http://www.aaccstl.org.
"The Second Annual Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis will feature culturally diverse demonstrations and music for all who attend, plus scores of vendors in an international trade mart and food court," said Alexander Lee, AACC President. "This colorful, fun event is for people of all ages and ethnicities."
Johnny Wang, AACC Vice President and co-chairman of this year’s festival, added, "More than 56,000 people who live and work in greater St. Louis and southwestern Illinois are of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Island, Thai, Vietnamese, Pakistani and Indonesian backgrounds, according to 2011 U.S. Census data.
"The Asian Heritage Festival is an opportunity for peoples of all nationalities to convene, enjoy great food, entertainments and shop for unusual trade goods while meeting and making new friends. We look forward to celebrating a great day!"
Festival Co-Sponsors include the Missouri Asian American Bar Association (http://maaba-law.org/), the St. Louis Regional Business Council (http://www.stlrbc.org), Centric Group, LLC and St. Louis Small Business Monthly (http://www.sbmon.com).
Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, an American puppet troupe that performs traditional Japanese puppet drama known as ningyō jōruri or Bunraku, will make a special appearance. The troupe has performed around the world and at notable venues like the Kennedy Center. It is directed by J. Martin Holman, professor of Japanese language, literature, and theater at the University of Missouri.
Last year’s participating organizations, many of
which will appear this year, included the St. Louis Modern Chinese School;
Japan America Society of St. Louis; Japanese Bon Dance Group; Philippine Art
Foundation; St. Louis Shaolin Kung Fu School, and more. Participating
restaurants included Dao Tien; Rearn Thai; Korea House; Mayuri; Blue Ocean
Sushi; Mandarin House; Baily International; Little Saigon; Star Karaoke &
Cafe; Kim Cheese; Seoul Garden; I love Mr. Sushi; and Thai Country Cafe.
Anyone, including vendors, who seeks more information about The Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis can email questions to email@example.com, or visit the website http://www.asianheritagefestival.com/index.html.
Founded in 2011, the not-for-profit Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis is an “umbrella organization" for Asian American businesses and organizations in greater St. Louis. AACC serves Asian American businesses and welcome all Asian American and non-Asian ethnicities. It promotes regionally-based Asian American businesses and professionals by providing members with practical information and facilitating positive interactions between its members. AACC also works to build economic cooperation and closer relationships between Asian American and other business communities locally, nationally and internationally.
Media contact: Jeff Dunlap in St. Louis at 314