ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Orange County government will celebrate the community with cultural events.
AAPI Heritage Month recognizes the historical contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States.
Cultures from East, Southeast and South Asia and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia are part of the celebration.
According to a news release, in 2019, over 800,000 people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent were in Orange County.
See a schedule of the events below:
Orange County Asian-Inspired Art Exhibition
This art exhibit will be at the Orange County Administration Building from May 1 to May 30. It will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Orange County AAPI Heritage Month Celebration with Proclamation Presentation
The month-long celebration will kick off Tuesday, May 2 at the Orange County Administration Building in the Commission Chambers. The event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Click here for more information.
AAPI – FusionFest’s MYgration Film Festival
The film festival will occur at the Orange County Library System-South Trail Branch on Saturday, May 13, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Arthur Ugalde for more information about the festival by email at Ugalde.Arthur@ocls.info.
Asian American Heritage Council Asian Cultural Festival
This cultural festival will be on Sunday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ocoee Lakeshore Center Bill Breeze Park. Click here for more information.
History Book Club
This book club event will be at the Orange County Regional History Center on Thursday, May 18, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Orange County Asian-Inspired Art Contest Award Ceremony
Five AAPI artists will select the winners for four categories. The ceremony will be at the Orange County Admin Center on Friday, May 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
Asian Cultural Association Cultural Display and Performance
The Asian Cultural Association will perform the Kathak dance at the Orange County Regional History Center. Be prepared to dance and participate in other activities on Saturday, May 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Asian Americans in Florida
Professor Wenxian Zhang of Rollins College will speak on a panel about Asian Americans in Florida. The discussion will be at the Orange County Regional History Center on Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here.
ACT Town Hall Meeting
The ACT Town Hall meeting will cover how the community can raise awareness of local APPI issues. The meeting will be at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office on Wednesday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
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