AsiaFest 2019 Celebrates Diversity of Asia with Record Crowd
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HOUSTON, July 1, 2019 — Asia Society Texas Center celebrated the diversity of Asia with the fifth annual AsiaFest, co-chaired by Teri and Jeff Lee and Celia Lin. A record 4,800 guests attended the free festival to enjoy community performances, shop local vendors and artisans, feast on fusion food, and participate in different activities.
New this year, a special passport invited guests of all ages to explore Asia Society's building, with different regions of Asia represented in the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall (Southeast Asia), the Water Garden Terrace (South Asia), the foyer outside the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery (the Middle East), and the Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center (East Asia). Visitors received a stamp at each "region," including one for Texas, which was represented by the Site Lines: Artists Working in Texas exhibition, to receive a special prize.
In addition to receiving stamps, guests enjoyed shopping, food, and crafts that corresponded to each of the regions represented throughout the building, including Chinese calligraphy, Turkish delights, Indian rangoli, and Filipino parols. The festival, which was held indoors at a later date due to weather risks in mid-May, also featured musical performances and both traditional and contemporary dances. Major sponsor Xfinity was on-site with an interactive display and free gifts for guests.
AsiaFest was made possible with generous support from H-E-B, Regions Bank, National Taiwan University Alumni Association in Houston, and Xfinity. Additional support came from Teri & Jeff Lee, Laura & Brad McWilliams, Kan & Celia Lin, AsUnited Marketing Alliance, J.D. Joyce Investment Management Group, Symong & Francoise Shih, Mr. & Mrs. Chih-Jen Kao, Mrs. Lynn Chou & Mr. Jett Lin, Joanne & Kevin Hsu, Polly Lee, Meifei Liang, Jone-Ing Lin, Joy Wu, and Chao-Shyuan Li. Community partners included American Turkish Association, Anjali Center for Performing Arts, Azerbaijan Cultural Center, Dance of Asian America, Filipino Young Professionals, Houston Halau, Islamic Arts Society, Jayati Sengupta, Kajal Desia Dance and Wellness, Legend of Taiwan, National Taiwan University Alumni Association in Houston, North America Youth Chinese Orchestra, Taiwanese Heritage Society, TECO, Vietnamese Culture and Science Association, and Viet Wave Music.
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About Asia Society Texas Center
With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the rest of the world. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.