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Houston First Corp. to Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Unique Cultural Experience

Houston • May 9, 2022

HOUSTON, Texas (May 9, 2022) In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Houston First Corp. and Avenida Houston will host a cultural celebration of Asian fashion, art, and music on Saturday, May 14 from 4-9 p.m.  

The free event pays homage to Houston’s vibrant Asian communities, as well as provides special recognition of the impact they have not just locally, but nationwide. Guests will enjoy traditional and contemporary music and dance performances, a one-of-a-kind fashion exhibition featuring traditional attire from several Asian countries, and an outdoor market featuring local AAPI-owned businesses. Please visit www.avenidahouston.com/aapi-amplified for more information.

Below is a list of the evening’s featured participants.


Music and Dance Performances:

Dragon & lion dances by Lee’s Golden Dragon

Traditional Indian Dances by Silambam Houston

Tinikling by Filipino Young Professionals of Houston

Traditional Korean dances and drumming by Han Narea

Traditional Lao Dance by Lao American Association


Fashion Exhibition:

Kimonos provided by Japan-America Society of Houston

Ao Dai provided by local Vietnamese fashion designer Nghi Nguyen

Shalwar Kameez by local Pakistani fashion designer Sameera Faridi of Poshak

Hanboks provided by Houston Korean American Chamber of Commerce

Sinhs provided by Lao American Association


Interactive Art:

“Unity in Diversity” art wall provided by Asia Society TX

Kids’ Cultural Craft Booth managed by Dear Asian Youth


Market Vendors:

Anime Matsuri

Asian Chamber of Commerce

Community Cloth

Banh Xeo Blankets

Mama Vann

Tea House


Laurel Collective



Houston First is the official destination management organization for the city of Houston. In addition, Houston First owns the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, manages the George R. Brown Convention Center along with 10 city-owned properties, and developed the Avenida Houston entertainment district. Learn more at HoustonFirst.com and VisitHouston.com.