Frederick celebrates Asian heritage

May 12, 2017 by  

Last weekend, the William R. Talley Recreation Center and Baker Park were host to the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival, which was put on by the Asian American Center of Frederick.

Despite rain, everybody—performers and attendees alike—was able to enjoy themselves. The Asian Pacific American Commission of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives said the festival would be Maryland’s official proclaimed event for 2017.

The administrative director of the Community Initiatives office, Christina Wong Poy, said events like this help both Asians and everyone in the state understand the similarities and differences among cultures. One person who appreciated the difference was Maria Blanco, a Frederick resident, who brought her daughters to the festival. Talking to the Frederick News Post, Blanco, a native of Colombia, said she simply wanted to know more about various Asian cultures. One of the girls, April, who likes martial arts, wanted to see the performances scheduled for the festival.

Among the performances were lion dances, Korean drumming, and calligraphy demonstrations. One type of Japanese calligraphy, shodo, was demonstrated by Tokyo-based Setsuhi Shiraishi, who unrolled a long sheet of paper across the Talley Center’s gymnasium floor.

Countries represented in the festival included Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, Cambodia, and Burma.

Such events often get a boost if organizers work with a flyer printing company to create handouts that list the groups and the type of performances they are presenting.