May: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, takes place in May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Here in the South Sound area, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC), located in Tacoma, will be celebrating the month in a variety of ways.

Kicking off the celebrations on May 2nd will be Korea Day and the Center’s monthly Taste of Asia event to feature Korean preparations. Both events will be held at the APCC located on South Tacoma Way. Throughout the month, the APCC will be bringing several activities to the local grade schools to ensure students are connected to their culture and educating others about the artistry, history, business protocols and social practices of this vast group of 47 nations across Asia and the South Pacific.

Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Faaluaina Pritchard of Lakewood is, as expected, passionate about the organization whose mission is to bridge community and generations through art, culture, education and business. According to Pritchard, “The organization serves as an interactive cultural crossroads between local and international communities. We are more than just art as entertainment.”

The local government and business communities also view the APCC’s mission vital as evidenced by their sponsorship and support. Notable partners include the City of Tacoma Arts Commission, the National Endowment of the Arts, Arts of Washington and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service. Business partners include MultiCare, Alaska Airlines, Columbia Bank, Group Health Foundation, Pierce College and Catholic Community Services, to name a few.

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center was founded in 1996 through the vision of three generations of Americans with Asian and Pacific Island heritage.

For Additional Information

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

asiapacificculturalcenter.org

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