Media Alert: May 2019 Events at Asia Society Texas Center

AsiaFest 2019
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HOUSTON, TX — Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC) welcomes Houstonians to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at AsiaFest 2019, ASTC’s annual FREE festival, on Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The festival spans the entire block, inside and outside the museum, featuring a curated selection of local artisans and food vendors, performances and live demonstrations on two stages, and arts and crafts for the whole family.

New this year: Houstonians are invited to embark on an adventure through Asia, using a special passport to explore different regions’ cultures, traditions, and food throughout the festival.


Breakfast Yoga Club Houston

Join us in the serene setting of our Festival Lawn as Breakfast Yoga Club Houston returns for a morning of a meditative yoga asana practice.

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When: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9–11 a.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: Free and open to the public; suggested donation of $10


Qigong and Tai Chi Classes with Henderson Smith

In Level I, experience a holistic approach for improving your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Learn three types of Meditation and explore them within the practices of Qigong and Tai Chi.

In Level II, refine your movements, deepen your practice, sharpen your focus, and improve your Wu Dang Tai Chi form.

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When: Mondays, May 6 – June 24, 2019, 6–7 p.m. for Level I, 7:30–8:30 p.m. for Level II (No classes May 27)
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Registration: $175 ASTC Members, $210 Nonmembers. Individual classes may be prorated at $25 for Members or $30 for Nonmembers.


AsiaFest 2019

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at AsiaFest! An international bazaar, performances, arts and crafts, and live demonstrations await at Asia Society's annual free, family-friendly festival.

New this year: Embark on an adventure through Asia, using our passport to explore different regions' traditions, cultures, and food!

Learn more »

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: Free and open to the public


Bank of America Women's Leadership Series: Women in Entertainment

Join actors Julee Cerda and Salma Shaw as they discuss opportunities as Asian women in Hollywood and how they are breaking barriers in the industry. In conversation with Emmy Award-winning casting director Julie Schubert.

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When: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Program
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $25 ASTC Members, $35 Nonmembers


From Japanese Internment to "Travel Bans": A Discussion and Film Screening of And Then They Came for Us

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Korematsu vs. United States, the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled the internment of Japanese Americans unconstitutional. Join Fred Korematsu's daughter Karen Korematsu, legal experts, and community leaders in a panel discussion following a screening of the documentary And Then They Came for Us.

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When: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 5:45 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $10 ASTC Members, $20 Nonmembers


Ongoing Exhibitions

Site Lines: Artists Working in Texas

In Asia Society Texas Centers' first-ever exhibition to focus on locally-based artists, Site Lines: Artists Working in Texas draws connections between Asia and Texas via works by Asian American artists living in Austin, Dallas, Tyler, and Houston. Through video, drawings, paintings, installations, and collage, Ambreen ButtAbhidnya GhugeBeili LiuJun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, and Prince Varughese Thomas address themes such as the value of work, cultural memory, and the importance of place.

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When: On view through August 18, 2019
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: Free for ASTC Members, $5 for Students and Seniors with ID, $8 Nonmembers

Super Sarap

Artists Mik GaspayJeanne F. JalandoniCharlene Tan, and O.M. France Viana revisit commonplace objects and food within Filipino cooking. Through sculpture, photography, and video, the artists elicit personal and collective memories and offer cultural connections that go beyond the Philippine diaspora.

The exhibition title, Super Sarap, fuses both English and Tagalog together, to hold multiple meanings. It can convey something that is extremely delicious, an expression of excitement and affirmation. It can also imply an exaggeration in terms of scale: something that is beyond, powerful, large, and exceeding the norm. In this exhibition, the artists play with these definitions and mutate symbols, making them both strange and familiar, challenging cultural norms associated with food.

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When: On view through July 21, 2019
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: Free and open to the public


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 West. 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.


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