PCS Participates in Week Long Asian American Festival at Daley Plaza Chicago
Chicago, IL: The Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) along with the host community the Chinese Americans of Illinois joined together in celebrating the 15th. Annual Asian American Festival in recognition of the month of May as Asian American & Pacific Islanders Heritage Month at Daley Center Plaza Chicago from May 16 – May 20, 2016. The festival committee was chaired by Anne Shaw. The Asian American communities take turn hosting this event.
Asian American celebrity TV personalities of Chicago like Linda Yu, Judy Hsu, and Eric Horng of ABC7, Joany Lum of FOX32, Katie Kim of NBC5, and Nancy Loo of WGN9 emceed the lunch time cultural performances throughout the week.
The Asian American Festival hosted by Chinese American Community of Illinois held ay Daley Center Plaza Chicago from May 16 – 20, 2016
Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) www.PCSChicago.org a long time AACC partner, and others represented the Indian American Community and also supported the planning and execution of the festival. PCS participated in the ethnic wear fashion show and also demonstrated the act of turban wrapping at Daley Plaza.
“Being visible in mainstream events like these is the first step towards civic engagement which helps community building and coalitions building on road to empowerment,” said Rajinder Singh Mago of PCS who is also on the board of AACC.
The festival showcased delicious Asian-ethnic cuisines, and unique Asian American merchandise. Also lending additional color to the festivities included lunch hour Asian Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Laotian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thailand, dance performances, music, martial arts, Turban wrapping, Henna art to name a few.
The opening ceremonies on May 16 started with a cultural procession on the Daley plaza displaying an array of Asian American native attire from their respective countries lead by a Chinese dragon, lion, and drums.
At the final day of the festival, the gavel was passed on to the next year’s host Pakistani American community, accepted by Mr. Sadruddin Noorani.
Upcoming P.C.S. programs include: “Punjabi Youth Graduation & Scholarship Award Night,” on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Viceroy of India Banquets, Lombard Illinois.
Basketball tournament at “Punjabi Sports Festival 2016.”
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is an all volunteer not-for-profit community service organization devoted to promoting education, good citizenship, Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, healthy life style, and sports in the metropolitan Chicago area.
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Email: Info@PCSChicago.org; PCS website http://www.pcschicago.org/
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