Pacific Islands

Hula Workshop June 3

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

Keaka O Kalani of Boulder and NoCoHula Studio of Fort Collins Is very proud to present another special  Hula Workshop with Josh Kamuelaonapuaokupanihi Chang  Saturday, June 3, 2017   Location:  Community Dance Collective 2020-½  21st St., Boulder, CO  80302 Click here for directions   Pre-Pay Cost: Single Sessions: $30, Both Sessions: $50 Session One: 1:30 – 3:00 PM – Hula Auana Session Two: 3:30 – 5:00 PM – Hula Kahiko   Pre-registration for this workshop is required. Information and to register… Questions?  (303) 960-7521...

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It’s an Island Party, Nov. 30

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in #auroraasian, APA, Arts & Culture, celebrations, Food, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

The Partnership is holding it’s annual Holiday Friends Gathering on Wed., Nov. 30th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, and this year we’ll enjoy an island party at the Aurora History Museum, featuring a catered dinner by Chef Leah Eveleigh and Hawaiian music. Chef Leah won Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen season two (2014) and is planning an island-themed dinner buffet.  She is also donating her Cutthroat Kitchen apron to the Partnership’s silent auction.  Other items include a hand-painted porcelain Dragonware tea set, a painting by artist Virginia Stonebarger (1926), and more. $35/person RSVP to the Partnership staff office, (303) 326-8695 Pay in advance:  call the museum, (303) 739-6660 Pay at the door, but please call the staff office to RSVP. It’s not a party without YOU! Download the announcement (PDF) for more information… Like our Facebook page: ...

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Ready to Global Fest?

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Educational, Food, International, Music, Pacific Islands, Youth | 0 comments

Do you like food, fashion, fun and free?  Aurora’s Global Fest 2016 is just around the corner, and the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership will be there ready to celebrate the diversity of our beloved community.  Partnership Co-Chair Chance Horiuchi and a team of many volunteers have been coordinating the fashion show.  “We are excited and so grateful that you all can represent your countries and diverse cultures,” Chance said as she puts the finishing touches on her part of the event. There will be much more than fashion, so read more at this link… Plan your Saturday now:  August 20th, 1-7PM, Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn.  There will be entertainment, a marketplace with international booths and local beers with an international influence.  Prefer to be where it’s a little cooler?  The Aurora History Museum will be open, with global demonstrations and entertainment indoors, too....

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AAPI Heritage Month

Posted on May 12, 2014 in APA, celebrations, Community Service, Educational, Pacific Islands, Steering Committee | 0 comments

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan will proclaim May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month this evening, May 12th, in the City Council Chambers.  Several members of the Partnership will be on hand to accept the proclamation, including Co-Chairs Juliana Laughter and Andrea Amonick, Steering Committee Members and Past Co-Chairs Sum Nguyen, Daniel Oh and Jane Sarmiento and Ex-Officio Member Gloria Williams. Member Jane Sarmiento forwarded the following Proclamation from Washington: BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and we reflect on the many ways they have enriched our Nation. Like America itself, the AAPI community draws strength from the diversity of its many distinct cultures — each with vibrant histories and unique perspectives to bring to our national life. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have helped build, defend, and strengthen our Nation — as farm workers and railroad laborers; as entrepreneurs and scientists; as artists, activists, and leaders of government. They have gone beyond, embodying the soaring aspirations of the American spirit. This month marks 145 years since the final spike was hammered into the transcontinental railroad, an achievement made possible by Chinese laborers, who did the majority of this backbreaking and dangerous work. This May, they will receive long-overdue recognition as they are inducted into the Labor Hall of Honor. Generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have helped make this country what it is today. Yet they have also faced a long history of injustice — from the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and its devastating impact on the history, language, and culture of Native Hawaiians; to opportunity-limiting laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924; to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Even today, South Asian Americans, especially those who are Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh, are targets of suspicion and violence. With courage, grit, and an abiding belief in American ideals, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have challenged our Nation to be better, and my Administration remains committed to doing its part. Nearly 5 years ago, I re-established the White House Initiative on AAPIs. The Initiative addresses disparities in health care, education, and economic opportunity by ensuring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders receive equal access to government programs and services. We are also determined to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would modernize our legal immigration system, create a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants, hold employers accountable, and strengthen our border security. These commonsense measures would bring relief to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have experienced this broken system firsthand, and they would allow our country to welcome more highly skilled workers eager to contribute to America’s success. This month, as we recall our hard-fought progress, let us resolve to continue moving forward. Together, let us ensure the laws respect everyone, civil rights apply to everyone, and everyone who works hard and plays by the rules has a chance to get ahead. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/AAPI  to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this...

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What is Guyuria?

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Educational, Food, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

Guyuria — a hard cookie made in Guam — just like Alexa Davis remembers them! Alexa will give a mini cultural presentation on Guam at the next Partnership regular meeting, May 27th, 4:30 PM, at the Aurora Municipal Center.  Plan to join us!

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Bayanihan — Being a Hero For One Another

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 in Humanitarian Efforts, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

On behalf of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership, Co-Chairs Duane Wong and Andrea Amonick, and all the members of the Steering Committee, our hearts are grieved by the loss of life, family, friends, homes and businesses in the Philippines.  We commit our prayers and support to Filipinos around the world and the recovery efforts. Our Friends within the local Filipino community have been deeply affected by Typhoon Haiyan, yet, there is much comfort extended by the outpouring of support from the community – people such as yourselves.  Here are links to two upcoming events in December:  December 11th and December 15th — the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and the Philippine-American Society of Colorado (PASCO).  Please mark your calendars and more information will be forthcoming.  PASCO was also featured in a recent Denver Post/YourHub Aurora article: “PASCO Looks to Aid Typhoon Haiyan Survivors” by Megan Mitchell, as well as several photos of PASCO’s Folk Arts Dance Repertoire rehearsal. Below is an eloquent pouring forth from the heart of one from the Visayas, Joan Cybil Yao, who “Needs to tell you” about the destruction in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan—and the generous support from all over the world: I Need To Tell You… Joan Cybil Yao November 13, 2013 at 5:17pm I need to tell you: The typhoon was worse than any of us could ever have imagined. The Philippines receives 20+ typhoons every year; floods, landslides and partly-blown off roofs are par for the course. Believe me when I say we have never before seen the likes of Yolanda / Haiyan. I need to tell you: Everyday, I read the news and reports from the field, thinking we’ve reached the bottom of suffering and despair, only to find new depths. Just when I think my heart can’t break any further from the stories of loss and tragedy, something new turns up to break it all over again. I need to tell you about the bodies decomposing on tree branches, under piles of rubble from collapsed houses, in churches, on the sides of roads, wrapped in blankets or straw mats. I need to tell you that the news cameras cannot show their faces – features frozen in fear as they died. I need to tell you about the storm surge – the 6-meter wall of water that rose out of the sea, rushed several kilometers inland and crashed over every building and house by the coastline. You need to understand that our nation is made up of 7,107 islands; nearly everything is by the coastline. I need to tell you how the storm surge swept in and out four times during the typhoon. Imagine the tremendous force of the sea, surging forward, crushing walls and foundations – and then that same force, sucking everything back in with it. I need to tell you how children were pulled from their mothers’ arms; how people clung desperately to rooftops or tree branches as friends and neighbors sped by, drowning or screaming for help; how today, bodies are still washing up on shore. I need to tell you about the woman who had to bury 9 of her family members after the typhoon; about the man who lost 30 of his family members to the storm; about the husband and wife who lost their three daughters, and have only located the bodies of 2. I need to tell you about the man who told his wife to stay in their house because it would be safer there. He found her body after the waters had subsided, embracing their dead son with one hand and...

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