Dance, music, food to kick off AAPI Heritage Month celebration in Seattle

Hum Bow Restoration Competition in 2017 (photo by John Liu)

SEATTLE — The Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration begins at the Seattle Center Armory on May 1, the first day of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Heritage Month.

Following last year’s virtual festival, this year features a full five hours of programming, including the ever-popular Alan Sugiyama Hum Bow Eating Contest, dance groups, martial arts, music, and more.

“The Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration is an event dedicated to celebrating the unique and distinct AAPI cultures and communities that help make Seattle special,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell.

The program begins at noon with the international lion dance team and opening remarks, and ends with Kaze Daiko Taiko and closing remarks. In between, MiYoung Margolis Dance Collective, Huayin Performing Arts Group, Halau Hula Ka Lei Mokihana | Ka Ua Noe, UWFASA Sayaw, Nikhil Bagga Band, Wu Shu Martial Arts, UW Vietnam Student Association Dance Troupe, Live2Dance Seattle and The Kompany will perform on stage.

The Hum Bow Eating contest will begin at 2 p.m., featuring chefs from nine local restaurants and bakeries. Videos of cultural performances will also be shown and local author Cindy Wong-Li will give a children’s reading of her book, Starhug.

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