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Contact: Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

Release Date: May 24, 2012

Celebrate the Third Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Houston Public Library

 

WHAT:          The community is invited to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Houston Public Library. The day-long celebration includes activities and unique Asian dance performances and cultural arts demonstrations on the Central Library Plaza. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Fun Activities Include:
Origami Workshop with Lisa Jastram
Balloon Artist by Houston Face Painting & Balloons

Unique Performances Include:
Hawaiian/Polynesian Dance Skits
Lion Dance
Korean Farm Dance
Infused Performing Arts

WHEN:           Saturday, May 26, 2012 | 2 PM – 4 PM

WHERE:         Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313

About Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month commemorates the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to the United States. Like Black History Month and Women's History Month celebrations, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated from legislation. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was selected because of two important anniversaries that occurred during this time; the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. Congress later voted to expand it from a week long to a month long celebration.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials, and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7. For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

 

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