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Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2004
Press Contacts:  
Mike Stallings, Director, Parks and Recreation Department
(650) 991-8006
Leslie Peay-Heckman, Coordinator, Cultural Arts Office (650) 991-8190

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration
Takes Center Stage in Daly City – City Hall
this Wednesday, May 19


Daly City – Celebration of the Asian - Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month takes on a local flavor this Wednesday noon, May 19 when an entertainment variety hour takes center stage at City Hall in Daly City. From a Filipino cultural dance to a Chinese lion dance, a martial arts demonstration and a Chinese opera soloist, attendees will be able to participate in the national festivities as proclaimed by President George W. Bush on May 7, 2004.

“With heartfelt gratitude and enthusiasm, we join hands with our fellow Americans in honoring the numerous accomplishments of Asian – Pacific Americans throughout the nation, but most especially here in Daly City,” commented Mayor Sal Torres. “As home to one of the largest Asian-Pacific American community in the country, Daly City celebrates diversity through our multi-faceted programs and events year-round. In conjunction with the presidential proclamation, we take great pride in hosting this year’s APA Heritage Month celebration at City Hall.”

The lunch-hour festivities include free Asian tea and cookies, and performances by the Pilipino Bayanihan Folk Dance Group, the West Coast Chinese Lion Dance Troupe, Chen Tai Chi and Christine Liu, a member of the Chinese Shaoxing (Yue) Opera. Additionally, local representatives of the Samoan community are expected to offer a sampling of Asian-Pacific cuisine at a bargain price. One of the event sponsors, Starbucks Coffee – Westlake Mall will provide a taste of its chai tea product.

For more information about this event, contact the Daly City Parks and Recreation Department – Cultural Arts Office at (650) 991-8190.