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Issue: 1154 Date: 10/4/2012
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Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis on Saturday October 6, 2012

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        Genuine Kung Fu, Thai Boxing, Japanese Flower Arranging and Kimono Show Are Among Many Entertainments Including Asian Food and Trade Goods at Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis on Saturday October 6, 2012

        The Event Hosted by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis Celebrates the Cultures of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islanders, Thai, Vietnamese, Pakistani & Indonesian People & Businesses

        OCTOBER 1, 2012, St. Louis, Missouri...The Asian Heritage Festival set for Saturday, October 6, 2012, in St. Louis promises a glorious day of colorful amusements, fresh food choices, cultural demonstrations and a variety of entertainments for children and adults, plus a showcase Asian goods, cultural treasures and merchandise from many countries.

        The Asian Heritage Festival will feature a dozen different entertainments and demonstrations including authentic Kung Fu, Thai Boxing, Japanese flower arranging and a Kimono show, plus Asian dance and musical performances, and displays of Asian arts and crafts.

        The Asian Heritage Festival will open at 10 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m. at the intersection of Olive Boulevard and McKnight Road in the heart of the Asian community in St. Louis' suburban University City. The festival is free, and ample parking is available. The Asian Heritage Festival is organized by the nonprofit Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis. More information and a list of the entertainments are available at the website http://www.asianheritagefestival.com/index.html .

        "This first annual Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis is showcasing many culturally diverse amusements, demonstrations and music for all who attend, plus scores of vendors in an international trade mart and food court," said Alexander Lee, Chairman of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis. "This will be a very colorful and interesting event for people of all ages and ethnicities."

        "More than 56,000 people who live and work in greater St. Louis and southwestern Illinois are of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Island, Thai, Vietnamese, Pakistani and Indonesian backgrounds, according to 2011 U.S. Census data," said Max Tsai, board member and event chairman for the St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

        "The Asian Heritage Festival is an opportunity for peoples of all nationalities to convene, enjoy great food and entertainments and shop for unusual trade goods while meeting and making new friends. We look forward to celebrating a great day!"

        Participating organizations include the St. Louis Modern Chinese School; Japan America Society of St. Louis; St. Louis Muay Thai Boxing; Japanese Bon Dance Group; Philippine Art Foundation; St. Louis Shaolin Kung Fu School, and more. Participating restaurants include Dao Tien; Rearn Thai; Korea House; Mayuri; Blue Ocean Sushi; Mandarin House; Baily International; Little Saigon; Star Karaoke & Cafe; Kim Cheese; Seoul Garden; I love Mr. Sushi; Thai Country Cafe.

        Anyone, including vendors, who seeks more information about The Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis can email questions to 2012AHF@gmail.com or info@aaccstl.org, or visit the website http://www.asianheritagefestival.com/index.html .

        Founded in 2011, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (AACC) is an "umbrella organization" for Asian American businesses and organizations in greater St. Louis. The AACC serves Asian American businesses in metro St. Louis and includes all Asian American ethnicities. It promotes and supports locally-based Asian American businesses and professionals by providing members with practical information and facilitating positive interactions between its members. AACC also works to build economic cooperation and closer relationships between Asian American and other business communities locally, nationally and internationally.

        "St. Louis is fortunate to be the home of many Asian American people including Chinese, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Pakistani, Indonesian, and more," said Alexander Lee. "Many of these residents are professionals, business owners, students and long-time residents. While AACC celebrates the uniqueness of each culture, we believe that Asian Americans, like all Americans, share common values and aspirations. AACC seeks to bring all those together for the good of the community."

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