The Ann Arbor YMCA is hosting its second-annual cultural celebration in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. The event will take place in the gymnasium of the downtown membership branch at 400 W. Washington Street on Sat. May 20th, from 12-4 p.m. The FREE Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month family and friends’ event is for all ages and open to the public.
“About 17% of the population in the greater Ann Arbor area falls under AAPI origin,” said Ann Arbor YMCA Board Member and NewFoundry CEO Rich Chang. “It is wonderful that the YMCA continues its mission around DEI to celebrate everyone and in this case, the AAPI population for the month of May.”
“I am thrilled to be involved in the YMCA annual celebration of AAPI Heritage Month,” said Suma Amarnath, an Ann Arbor YMCA Board Member who identifies as Indian-America. “It is a wonderful way to highlight the culture and achievements of the Asian American community, especially with the youth involvement from the Y.”
The celebration will provide plenty of in-person activities, art, crafts, and cultural performances. Food and beverages will also be available.
According to YMCA President & CEO Toni Kayumi, who is of Japanese heritage, “We are excited to host the Ann Arbor YMCA’s second Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration! Numerous local AAPI individuals and organizations are partnering with our Y to honor AAPI heritage, share our unique and rich cultures with others, and to emphasize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.”
|Mai Li’s Daycare – concert|
|UofM Chinese Folk Musical Instrument Ensemble – concert|
|Hanfu Fashion Show (Mai’s Preschool + Chinese Music Ensemble)|
|APISA/A Youth Theater Group|
|RKDA Dance School – Ekadantaya Vakratundaya|
|Hoaloha Polynesian Dancers of Michigan|