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National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 11, 2005
Media Contacts:    
Mike Stallings, Director, Parks and Recreation Department
  (650) 991-8006
Leslie Peay Heckman, Cultural Arts Coordinator lpeayheckman@dalycity.org (650) 991-8190
National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Gets The Spotlight in Daly City on May 18
Daly City – The city hall rotunda in Daly City will serve as the center stage for various Asian entertainment as the community celebrates National Asian – Pacific American Heritage Month on Wednesday, May 18. From noon to 1:30 p.m., a colorful and eclectic mix of ethnic dances and cultural performances – from “Tinikling” (Philippines’ national dance) to Chinese lion dances and hula – is expected to draw the lunchtime crowd to 333 – 90th Street in Daly City.

“If an hour of enchantment is your cup of tea, then join us at City Hall on May 18. Expect the entertainment to wow you, the food to satisfy you, and the Daly City crowd to welcome you,” commented Mayor Carol L. Klatt.

Along with entertainment will be a sundry of information booths by local agencies and businesses. Starbucks Coffee of Westlake will provide free hot tea. The Office of Speaker Pro Tem Leland Yee will give away Asian snacks. L & L Hawaiian Barbecue, a local eatery, will offer a special combination plate for only $5 (includes a soda drink).

A joint congressional resolution in 1978 initially established Asian / Pacific American Heritage Week. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important anniversaries: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869). In 1992, Congress expanded the 10-day observance to a month-long celebration. www.census.gov

On May 3, 2005, President George W. Bush proclaimed May as Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month. The theme for 2005 is “Liberty and Freedom for All.”

This year’s celebration marks the second year of participation for Daly City, home to one of the largest Asian-Pacific American community in the United States. For more information, call the Daly City Parks and Recreation Department – Cultural Arts Office at (650) 991-8190.