May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (also known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month), a time when we salute the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made the U.S. their home for so many generations.
May is also the time when Asia Society Texas Center celebrates the month by throwing an all-day, free festival known as AsiaFest.
Now in its fifth year, AsiaFest combines culinary, cultural, craft, and performance elements, giving Houstonians a day of fun, food and shopping. Also, groups representing dozens of Asian cultures will be showcased, highlighting the many communities that live right here in H-Town.
Performances will be going on all day on two stages. Groups will be performing Bharatanatyam and Indian folk dance, Taiwanese dragon dance, K-pop dance, traditional Vietnamese and Chinese music, and Filipino song and dance, among others.
Children can enjoy activities while adults can roll through an international bazaar. We're talking about shopping, meeting merchants from around the world and purchasing jewelry, handbags, books, toys, manga-style art, apparel, block prints, and henna tattoos.
Activities and demonstrations will include Indian rangoli and alpana designs, Japanese games, Middle Eastern calligraphy, and activities from China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. A dozen food trucks and food vendors will be serving culinary specialties from around the world, including dumplings, kebabs, poke, boba tea, bubble waffles, and mochi.
And, of course, Asia Society’s exhibitions — the site-specific installation Super Sarap (focusing on Filipino foods) and Site Lines: Artists Working in Texas (Asia Society’s first exhibition to showcase all Asian-American artists) — will be free that day.
AsiaFest will be on Saturday, May 19; 11 am to 5 pm at Asia Texas Society Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. For more information, visit the official site.