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▲ Thousands of crowd gathered at the Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas to celebrate Asian culture and heritage.

 

[Original post date: May 15, 2012]

 

Thousands gathered at the Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas to celebrate Asian culture and heritage last Saturday May 12th.

 

It was the site of 22nd annual MetroPCS Asian Festival, the largest Asian cultural celebration in North Texas. 17 Asian-American organizations and participating businesses of North Texas put on a dazzling showcase of authentic Asian cuisine, cultural performances, arts, children’s activities, health fair, games and many other activities.

 

Sri Lanka was represented at the event for the first time in the 22-year history of the event. About 30 performances were put on stage. But the highlight was the Shamanic Jazz Orchestra, which is a collaboration of North Texas musicians to offer Asian fusion performance.

 

Thousands of attendees had a chance to experience various Asian cultures at the event, which was organized by the Greater Dallas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

 

Relatively Strong Participation from Korean-American Community


Unlike previous years, DFW Korean-American community showed a strong involvement in this year’s event.

 

Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN) and World KIMWA North Texas joined the forces to offer the taste of Korea. They prepared some of the most popular Korean cuisine, such as Bi Bim Bop, Kim Chi, and Duk Bok Ki. There were an instant hit with the crowd.

 

The event was MC’d by Christine Lee of NBC5. Lee is of Korean descent but was born in L.A.

 

Korean-owned bakery Casa Linda offered their world-renowned cookies. Moon Lee-Barnes from Statefarm and the representatives from the Coway also represented Korean-American community at the festival.

 

Along the side of the Main Street Garden were many food trucks. Among them, Korean fusion taco SSahm BBQ had a long line of folks who wanted to try the latest sensation.

 

Sponsors recognized


As usual, this year’s event was sponsored by many organizations and corporations what are committed to promoting cultural diversity in the community. They were recognized with token of appreciation during the opening ceremony held at 1:00PM.

 

GDAACC Chairman Michael Lee and the event’s Chairwoman Shabnam Modgil of FunAsia presented the tokens.

Metro PCS was recognized for their continued support for this event and Asian-American community in general. Metro PCS underwrote for this event for the second year in a row.

 

Crow Collection of Asian Art was also recognized for their outstanding support. Amy Hufland, who is the museum’s director, got on the stage and thanked the event committee and thousands of crowd at the park.

 

Crow Collection of Asian Art held 'Passport to Asia for Kids' event, where kids had hands-on encounter with various Asian culture.

 

Michael Lee, Chairman of GDAACC, welcomed the crowd during the opening ceremony. "Every year, we organize this festival to celebrate May as the National Asia Pacific Heritage Month. This is a big event for the Asian-American community. I want to thank all the sponsors and the event committee for their continued support and hard work to make this year’s event another success. Let’s have a great time."

 

As with previous festivals many organizations and corporations contributed to this years event. They include Metro PCS, Fun Asia, Pepsico, City of Dallas, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flexpress, McDonald’s, UTD Asia Center, Mix 102.9, Dallas Morning News, NBC5, Winstar World Casino, 106.1 Kiss FM, The Prince Photography, Statefarm Insurance, The Oh Group, and Coca Cola.

 

Tony Chai / tony@mijudaily.com


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