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Enjoy the variety of activities this month to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month; a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Y. Mineta of California, Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.

In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. This year's theme is "Lighting the Past, Present, and Future."

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations and participatory activities
Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 9:30am - 11:00am
Auditorium Shores at W. Riverside Drive and South 1st Street
FREE
Organized by various Tai Chi Schools
More info at www.naao-austin.org or www.worldtaichiday.org

Annual Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat races, cultural performances and food
Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Festival Beach at Town Lake
FREE
Organized by the Asian American Cultural Center
More info at www.asianamericancc.com

Jayanthi Kumaresh's Concert
Indian classical music performed by Jayanthi Kumaresh
Sunday, April 29, 2007 from 5:00pm
St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium Ragsdale Center
$20 adults, $10 seniors & students
Organized by the Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin
More info at www.icmca.org

Annual Multicultural Conventions Luncheon
Network with local business leaders
Tuesday, May 1, 2007 from 11:30am - 1:00pm
Omni Hotel - Southpark at 4140 Governor's Row
$25 for member, $35 for nonmembers, RSVP required
Organized by the Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce
More info at www.austinaacc.org

NAAO Potluck Picnic in the Park
Bring your favorite authentic Asian dish to enjoy and share.
Saturday, May 5, 2007 from 11:00am - 2:00pm
Emma Long Park at 1600 City Park Road (off 2222)
FREE, but there is a park parking fee of $8 per car
Organized by the Network of Asian American Organizations
More info at www.naao-austin.org

Annual Satsuki Matsuri Japan May Festival
Live performances and demonstrations in Japanese arts
Sunday, May 6, 2007 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Zilker Botanical Gardens at 2220 Barton Springs Road
FREE
Organized by the Japan America Society of Greater Austin
More info at www.jasga.org

Malayalam Movie on the Big Screen
Yes Your Honour - Film starring Sreenivasan, Padmapriya and others
Sunday, May 13, 2007 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alamo Downtown at 409 Colorado Street, Austin 78704
$7.00 advance purchase, $8.00 at the door (kids under 5 are free but no seat will be allocated)
Organized by the Greater Austin Malayalee Association
More info at www.gama-austin.com

Tea Ceremony, Exploring Japanese Culture Series
A presentation of the tea ceremony performed by Dr. Sheila Fling
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Road
FREE
Organized by the Japan America Society of Greater Austin
More info at www.jasga.org

KLRU/PBS Television Programs

The Cats of Mirikitani - The film is an intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 from 9:00pm - 10:00 pm
KLRU/PBS Television Channel 18
FREE
More info at www.klru.org

Sentenced Home - Three Cambodian refugees find themselves caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future by a system that doesn't offer any second chances.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 from 10:00pm - 11:00 pm
KLRU/PBS Television Channel 18
FREE
More info at www.klru.org

Asian American Employee Network Luncheon
Enjoy a variety of Asian cuisine and entertainment
Friday, May 18, 2007, from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Lester Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
FREE
Organized by the Asian American Employee Network
More info at http://welcome.to/aaen

Flor de Mayo (Flowers of May) Celebration
Traditional Filipino parade and pageant
Saturday, May 19, 2007 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Texas State Capital grounds (South Lawn)
FREE
Organized by the Austin Filipino American Association
More info at www.afaaonline.org

Potluck in the Park with SAHELI
Enjoy a potluck picnic and meet other volunteers
Saturday, May 19, 2007 from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Zilker Park at 2100 Barton Springs Road
FREE
Organized by SAHELI
More info at www.saheli-austin.org

Bangladesh Association of Greater Austin Volunteer Day
Members will be volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
Saturday, May 19, 2007 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Capital Area Food Bank of Texas at 8201 S. Congress Avenue
FREE (RSVP required, see website)
Organized by BAGA
More info at www.bagatx.org

Movie: Journey From the Fall
Friday and Saturday,May 18 & 19, 2007
Cinemark Tinseltown 17
5501 South IH 35
Call 326-3800
Tickets from $6.50 to $8.75
Organized by Imaginasian Pictures

Vietnamese Traditional Opera and Play
Sunday, May 20, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
4604 Duval Road, Austin, Texas
Call: 794-8998 or 799-5831 to purchase tickets
VIP tickets are $50.00
General Admissions are $35.00
Organized by Linh-Son Temple

TiE 2007 Funding Forum
Learn about investment trends and strategies for start up businesses
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 from 5:00pm - 8:30pm
J.J. Pickle Research Campus- Commons Conference Center, 10100 Burnet Road
$35 for members, $45 for non-members
Organized by TiE
More info at www.tie-aus.org

Indian Fine Arts Concert
Enjoy a violin duet concert performance Ganesh/Kumaresh, performance by B.Sivaraman - Mridangam, N.Guruprasad - Ghatam
Friday, May 25, 2007 from 7:15pm
St. Edwards University
$20 general; $15 seniors & students (Tickets at www.Sulekha.com)
Organized by Indian Fine Arts
More info at www.austinifa.org

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