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Exotic grooves, Uchi food and a hookah lounge make this Asia Society party anything but conventional

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5 0601 Tina Zulu, from left, Yvette Thomas, Washington Seraton and Veena Chandrakan at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Tina Zulu, from left, Yvette Thomas, Washington Seraton and Veena Chandrakar. Photo by Monica Villarreal
11 0276 Chris and Divya Brown at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Chris and Divya Brown. Photo by Monica Villarreal
6 0618 John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Bonna Kol, Henry and Jenny Wu and Janae and Kenneth Tsai at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Bonna Kol, Henry and Jenny Wu and Janae and Kenneth Tsai. Photo by Monica Villarreal
9 0233 Y.Ping Sun, left, and Carol Leebron at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Y. Ping Sun, left, and Carol Leebron. Photo by Monica Villarreal
7 0628  Michael and Mechelle Paramore at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Michael and Mechelle Paramore. Photo by Monica Villarreal
12 0278 Shara Tsai at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Shara Tsai. Photo by Monica Villarreal
10 0236  Erika Serrano, left, and Rona Ward at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Erika Serrano, left, and Rona Ward. Photo by Monica Villarreal
8 0198 Tarik Ward and Tresha Francis Ward at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Tarik Ward and Tresha Francis Ward. Photo by Monica Villarreal
1 0516 Charles Foster, left, and Glen Gondo at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Charles Foster, left, and Glen Gondo. Photo by Monica Villarreal
4 0585 Sehar Paz and Chris Bilton at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Sehar Paz and Chris Bilton. Photo by Monica Villarreal
3 0554 Mark and Nancy Wozny at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Mark and Nancy Wozny. Photo by Monica Villarreal
2 0550 Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy. Photo by Monica Villarreal
5 0601 Tina Zulu, from left, Yvette Thomas, Washington Seraton and Veena Chandrakan at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
11 0276 Chris and Divya Brown at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
6 0618 John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Bonna Kol, Henry and Jenny Wu and Janae and Kenneth Tsai at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
9 0233 Y.Ping Sun, left, and Carol Leebron at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
7 0628  Michael and Mechelle Paramore at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
12 0278 Shara Tsai at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
10 0236  Erika Serrano, left, and Rona Ward at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
8 0198 Tarik Ward and Tresha Francis Ward at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
1 0516 Charles Foster, left, and Glen Gondo at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
4 0585 Sehar Paz and Chris Bilton at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
3 0554 Mark and Nancy Wozny at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014
2 0550 Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy at the Asia Society Spotlight Asia party April 2014

What: Third Annual Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions

Where: Asia Society Texas Center

The 411: Tempting guests with the promise of a soiree sparkling with exotic moods, Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions party chairs Janae and Kenneth Tsai summoned an assemblage of 700 to be charmed by a lantern-themed ambiance. With New York-based turntablist DJ Kalkutta and Vietnamese-American Houston-based Baohaus supplying the music, the fundraiser presented by American First National Bank was spiced with Asian-inspired thumb thumping grooves.

Thanks to Glen Gondo and Sushic, Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, Monica Pope's Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Little Soya and Uchi, guests were well fed and lubricated. Adding to the adult bev assortment was wine bar 13 Celsius with a collection of bubbly curated especially for the occasion. The Texas Hookah Lounge in the Jasmine Garden and a Flash Box photo booth were nice touches that added to the memorable evening.

Who: Executive director Bonna Kol, deputy director John Bradshaw Jr., Jenny and Henry Wu, Divya and Chris Brown, Y. Ping Sun and Carol Leebron, Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy, Shara Tsai, Tina Zulu, Yvette Thomas, Washington Seraton, Veena Chandrakar and Mechelle and Michael Paramore.

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