Arts  /  May 31, 2019

Core Story: The Core celebrates APAHM 2019

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What would you call free sushi (and other goodies), free sake, free art (visual, music, martial, dance, etc.) in a beautiful space with free parking? We would call that a party, but Michelle Lee at MICA calls it "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, APAHM 2019, Baltimore.” Since Michelle is the lead organizer of the event (on May 31, at MICA Brown Center) we're not going to argue with her. And the truth is, aside from all the amazing free fun, there is a serious aspect to this and some serious people are going to be there, including Baltimore's new Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young.

The event is celebrating, not only the contributions that Asian/Pacific Americans have made to our fair city, but also the way cross-cultural exchanges have made Baltimore a more exciting, dynamic, and, just plain, better place. Nothing illustrates this better than the diverse participants in the show. For example, the Drum Improvisation Finale with Meki's Tamure Polynesian Arts Group, Inc., Medoune Yacine Gueye(Senegalese Griot percussionist) and Mark H Rooney (“the world’s most dangerous half-Japanese/half-Scottish solo improvisational Taiko artist”), or the martial artists demonstrators: Kevin Law of Goh's Kung Fu, Riley Hawkins (Karate expert) of Hawkins Avengers and Grand Master Nam (Tae Kwon Do).

We couldn’t think of a better time to celebrate the power and the glory of these types of cross-cultural exchanges and what they can mean to our city, and our nation as a whole. But we know that you don’t come to the lightweights at Explore The Core for these types of insights, so let’s get to the stuff we know best -- having fun in The Core. THIS EVENT SOUNDS AMAZING!

There will be free Sake tasting from Jetro USA. The free sushi are from Matsuri Japanese Restaurant.Brown Rice will provide free snacks and the @Embassy of Vietnam will be serving Vietnamese coffee and snacks. And more food freebies, as well as food vendors are in the works.
Performances will include: Kerry Holahan (Soprano /Chinese song), Hee Kyung Lee (Korean Whakan-mu Dance), Somapa Thai Dance Company (co-sponsored by Asian Arts and Culture Center). Vietnam Student Association (Vietnamese Dance), @Janggu–chum (Korean Drum Dance), Filipino Traditional Dance (group organized by Filiphino Org.), Meki’s Tamure Polynesian Arts Group and The Saman Kecapi Leuser Gayo group (sponsored by the Indonesian Embassy - Washington, DC).

You can also get your own free (suitable for framing) Japanese calligraphy, courtesy of Baltimore sister City Kawasaki, and equally gorgeous Korean calligraphy sponsored by Arirang USA. The Korean American Paper Culture Foundation will be holding a traditional paper workshop. Also exhibiting will be Embassy of Vietnam, the Embassy of Japan in the USA, and the Filipino-American Association of Maryland, and the MICA Fiber Department., who will be exhibiting Hanboks, the traditional Korean Clothing that is making a big comeback with more streamlined modern versions.

If you are more of a techie than a fashionista, Japan Central Rail Company will bring Maglev high speed train models, and Hyundai is coming with brand new car models.

Also in attendance, and doing fun stuff will be co-sponsors, like: Asian Arts and Culture Center,Baltimore Changwon Sister City Committee - BCSCC, Kawasaki and Xiamen Sister City Committees, Charm City Night Market, Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, The Chinatown Collective, KSM 메릴랜드한인회 - Korean Society of MD, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the Central Baltimore Partnership (the same great folks that sponsor this page) and us (when we heard what a great event this was going to be, we signed on).

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