▲ Leaders from the DFW Korean-American and African-American communities held a news conference last Friday May 11th to announce a historical cultural exchange event titled "Resonance and Harmony"
[Original post date: May 15, 2012]
How would you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
Mr. Baba Kwasi, who is the founder of the Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance Society, gave the analogy in describing the best way to tackle cultural differences between two communities.
A group of Dallas Korean-Americans and African-Americans, along with the event sponsors and performers, held a news conference last Friday to inform the public of a historic event scheduled for May 27th 2012 in Irving.
The event, titled "Resonance and Harmony", is a cultural exchange program being presented by the South Korean government. Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles (KCCLA), which is a South Korean government agency, planned this event for two reasons.
KCCLA routinely hosts this type of Korean cultural events throughout the United States to promote Korean culture in the mainstream America. Dallas (or Irving for that matter) was chosen as the host city this year in light of the recent development between a Korean gas station owner and a Nation of Islam leader in South Dallas.
Both communities have high hopes for this event. They believe this event will be the first step in the right direction for bringing harmony and unity between the two minority groups.
"This is the first time ever in the 50-year Korean-American immigration history in Dallas to have such a meaningful event of this magnitude" said Master Yim, one of the speakers at the news conference.
Event officials are expecting 3,000 to 4,000 people from both communities to attend this event.
President Charles Ko of Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Master Yim of the Grand Master Society of Tae Kwon Do USA, and Vice President Roger Chung of the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce represented the Korean-American community at the news conference.
Representing the DFW African-American community were Anthony Bond, who is the founder of the Irving Branch of NAACP, Pastor Day Stevenson of the Evergreen Baptist Church of Irving, and Rev. D. L. Smith.
Also attending the news conference were V.P. of Sales and Marketing Steve Seay of Metro PCS, a gospel hip hop artist from South Dallas Shaun Hailey, and Baba Kwasi, who is the founder of the Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance Society. Metro PCS is the title sponsor for this event.
As for the program itself, the South Korean government is sending a group of performers, ranging from a hip hop dance team to traditional Korean cultural performance teams.
The two Dallas communities are adding their own performers to the program as well. They include hip hop artist Shun Hailey, Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance Society, West Irving United Voices, and many more.
The admission to the event is free and open to public. The parking fee is $8.00 per vehicle. The event is scheduled for May 27th at 4:00PM. The venue is Irving Convention Center (address: 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, TX 75039).
For more information on the event, you can log onto www.shoutforpeace.com
Tony Chai / firstname.lastname@example.org