AAPI Heritage Month Celebration 2022 in South Pasadena

Everyone is welcome to attend the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration in Garfield Park.

PHOTO: SPCC | South Pasadenan.com News | The South Pasadena Chinese-American Club board members officially receive an AAPI declaration from the City of South Pasadena. (L to R: Grace Kung, Sally Taylor, President Yuki Cutcheon, Sulynn Chee, Carolyn Wang)

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SPCC is thrilled to partner with the City of South Pasadena to host our first ever AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) event in honor and in celebration of diverse Asian and Pacific Islander culture and heritage. All activities are free for everyone!

The event will kick off with loud Japanese taiko drumming from LA Taiko Ichiza, a premier Japanese taiko drum ensemble based in Little Tokyo, followed by an exciting Lion Dance from the San Gabriel Valley Chinese Cultural Association (SGVCCA). Entertainment from various Asian and Pacific Islander cultures will run for the duration of the event from 11am to 3pm and everyone is invited to bring a picnic blanket or chairs and enjoy the full lineup. Additionally, there will be a Demo Stage with performances from marital arts groups including Kendo, Hapkido and Shaolin Kung-fu.

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Come and enjoy delicious Korean BBQ food from KJ Tofu & BBQ or a refreshing boba drink and egg tarts from TeaMorrow. Check out all the delectable lunches for sale including Japanese curry and takoyaki, Vietnamese egg rolls, Hawaiian shaved ice and spam musubi, Chinese chow mein and tanghulu, and Filipino spaghetti and chicken pork adobo, plus much more!

SPCC will have free arts and crafts all day plus Chinese calligraphy demonstrations from 12:30 to 3pm. The LA County High School for the Arts will have 4 hot pink tents where you can learn how to make Japanese origami, Chinese calligraphy and purchase delicious Asian snacks. The South Pasadena Public Library will have a reading corner and story time every half an hour. Additionally both South Pasadena Police and Fire will have a booth there so come on by and meet both departments.

Take pictures at the SPARC and SPCC photo pop up installation and visit dozens of AAPI booths including CAUSE (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment), Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the Little Tokyo Service Center. Purchase cool vendor shirts, hoodies and more from Clenn Designs and Underachieving Asians.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with SPCC and the City of South Pasadena on Saturday May 21st. Be sure to be there for the kick off at 11am to hear greetings from Mayor Cacciotti, City Manager Chaparyan, Guest Speaker Congresswoman Judy Chu and other VIPs.