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CELEBRATING CULTURE. Portlandís Lan Su Chinese Garden is honoring Asian heritage all month with performances and events. The garden has partnered with more than 20 local cultural organizations to present "Celebrate Our Stories," featuring family-friendly demonstrations, cultural performances, and interactive activities throughout the month of May.
Pictured is performance group Takohachi. (Photo courtesy of Lan Su Chinese Garden)
Pictured is performance group Ka Lei Haliía O Ka Lokelani. (Photo courtesy of Lan Su Chinese Garden)
From The Asian Reporter, V32, #5 (May 2, 2022), pages 11 & 16.
Lan Su Chinese Garden to celebrate Asian heritage with a month full of performances and events
Portlandís Lan Su Chinese Garden is celebrating Asian Heritage Month with four weeks of performances and events. The garden has partnered with more than 20 local cultural organizations to present "Celebrate Our Stories," featuring family-friendly demonstrations, cultural performances, and interactive activities.
Throughout the month of May, visitors are invited to view the intricacies and beauty of the garden while also taking in the "Celebrate Our Stories" programming. Special events include:
Fridays ó May 6, 13, 20 & 27
The garden in May is encouraging community members to share their stories by stopping by, engaging, listening, and sharing stories in an informal setting every Friday from 2:00 to 3:00pm.
Community Photo Board
May 6 to 31
When visiting the garden, bring a copy of a family photo to share on the Community Photo Board. A basket of pens for notes will also be available. The photo board, which runs from May 6 to 31, is a self-standing activity that will remain on display through the end of the month during regular hours.
Saturdays ó May 7, 14, 21 & 28
On Saturdays during heritage month, Lan Su is offering a special discount ó $2 off adult admission ó to AAPI visitors who come to the garden dressed in their traditional clothing.
Cultural performances are scheduled every Saturday in May. The diverse dance groups represent traditions originating in Japan, India, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Polynesia, among other countries.
Saturday, May 7
1:00pm: Portland Chinese Dance Troupe
3:00pm: Teva Oriata Polynesian dance troupe
Saturday, May 14
2:00pm: Takohachi taiko
3:00pm: Ka Lei Haliía O Ka Lokelani
4:00pm: Vancouver Jasmine Dance Troupe
Saturday, May 21
1:00pm: Kalabharathi School of Dance
3:00pm: Cambodian Dance Troupe
Saturday, May 28
1:00pm: Filipino American Friendship Club of Oregon
3:00pm: Team Japonesque
Additional events include "Learn How to Play Mahjong" on Sunday, May 15 at 1:00pm; an erhu demonstration on Saturday, May 21 from 11:00am to noon; a talk about the kimono on Saturday, May 28 from 11:00am to noon; and more.
"Lan Su wants to provide a stage for the community to share their cultures and experiences with the public," said the gardenís Venus Sun. "We have so much to share, and our stories deserve not just to be told, but celebrated."
Lan Su Chinese Garden is located at 239 N.W. Everett Street in Portland. It is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm. For more information, call (503) 228-8131. To learn more, or to view a schedule of events, visit <www.lansugarden.org/CelebrateOurStories>.
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