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Museum to Host 18th Annual Asian Cultural Event

May 09, 2014

Cultural performances and music, bright Japanese floral arrangements, intricate Chinese art activities and much more will fill the day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The Museum will be hosting the 18th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Festival, celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages and unique experiences represented among ethnic groups from Asia and the Pacific.

Museum visitors will be mesmerized by tantalizing dance performances; participate in hands-on activities such as origami, brush painting and calligraphy; and observe beautiful Ikebana floral arrangements. Visitors will also be able to taste traditional Asian food samples provided by PF Changs, as well as explore the fascinating world of tea by indulging in samples from The Fragrant Leaf.

“We are very proud to once again host this inspirational day showcasing the many facets of Asian and Pacific Island cultures,” said Jim Walther, the Museum’s Director. “We are looking forward to providing a memorable day to all the people of Albuquerque.”

Through the continuing support of the Chinese Cultural Center and Lin’s Martial Arts Academy, New Mexico School of Chinese Language and Arts, Ichiyo School of Ikebana, Ikebana International Chapter 41, the New Mexico School of Chinese Language & Arts, museum visitors will be treated to performances including Chinese martial arts, Japanese Taiko drumming, East Indian dancing, Hawaiian hula dancing and much more! This will also be the first year yoga demonstrations, face painting and local food trucks have been incorporated into the event. Basil’s Home Asian Cooking Food Truck and Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ Food Truck will available during the day’s events.

Sponsors for the celebration include Sandia National Laboratories Asian Leadership Outreach Committee, PF Chang’s, Talin Market, The Fragrant Leaf and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

The event is free with Museum admission; $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors. For more information about this event, please call 505-245-2137, extension 105

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