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Houston First Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Houston • May 3, 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (May 12, 2021) – Houston First Corporation (HFC) is excited to invite the public to join in the celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with a collection of events, programs, stories and art.

Learn something new— virtually or in person. Try a new dish, explore cutting edge fashion, art and dance, or get more details and information digitally. Everyone can experience and enjoy all of this year’s cultural offerings free of charge. All HFC sponsored events have been designed with the public's safety in mind and have been approved by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

As the official destination management organization for the most diverse city in the nation, HFC is troubled by the growing violence against Asian Americans around the nation and condemns violence against anyone based on race, nationality, religion or immigration status. HFC is committed to promoting understanding and tolerance by making sure our programming reflects the rich tapestry of cultures and people who call Houston home. 

HFC AAPI Heritage Month Programs and Events

AAPI Amplified - Fashion, Market, Food @ Avenida HoustonSaturday, June 5 May 22, 6-9:30 pm on the Plaza at Avenida (between the GRB & Discovery Green) The event is free and open to the public.

Join HFC on the Avenida as we amplify the voices of the Asian American Pacific Islander community. HFC will celebrate and support Houston’s vibrant AAPI communities with an evening of traditional and contemporary musical and dance performances, an Asian-inspired fashion show and an outdoor market featuring local AAPI-owned businesses, artisans and chefs.

Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind, unforgettable fashion show starting at 8 p.m. on Avenida’s Wharf runway, featuring Houston-based collections by Danny Nguyen Couture, Kimono Zulu, Mysterious by NPN and Poshak Fashion & Style.

AAPI Cultural Content on HFC digital channels

Discover and learn more about Houston’s AAPI culture and community digitally on HFC's websites and social channels. 

VisitHouston.com is dedicating multiple pages to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month and encourage visitors to the site to also take advantage of an Events Calendar to help with planning for the month.            

Check out these features on the site throughout the month of May:

  • Q&A with 3 Houston Asian American Artists
    - Kill Joy - Visual Artist (Philippines)
    - Sanjay Sharma - Metal Fabricator (India)
    - Danny Nguyen - Fashion Designer (Vietnam)
  • Neighborhood Spotlights featuring Chinatown/Asiatown
  • An Outsiders Guide to Chinatown
  • APAH Cultural Sites Roundup
  • Personality Quiz - Are you a spicy Thai pepper or a balanced Korean BBQ?  Find out in our newest, coolest quiz yet. Find your Asian cuisine personality now!

The line-up for AAPI Heritage Month on HoustonFirst.com includes an interview with Bobby Singh, HFC board member, business and community leader about his efforts to promote cultural tolerance and understanding of the Sikh community.

Find out what local Asian American restaurant owners said about surviving the pandemic and cultural misunderstandings. Lana and Cuong Vuong own Hai Cang in Chinatown, and Minh Nguyen and Dr. Benjamin Choi, own Cafe TH & Celadon Coffee in EaDo (East Downtown Houston).

See more of HFC’s year-long cultural heritage celebrations.