Asian American Expo – A Great Cultural Experience

January 12, 2011

My daughter’s second grade class just finished reading Chinatown by William Low. It piqued her interest about Chinese culture and led to a long discussion about food, families and neighborhoods. It was perfect timing, too, as Fairplex is hosting the Asian American Expo this weekend. It’s a great way to experience the sounds, smells and wares of China and several other Asian countries and cultures.

asianThis is the 30th anniversary of the Asian American Expo. The expo is the largest Lunar New Year celebration in the country and features more than 800 booths and the Asian American Food Expo. Be prepared to feast on Chinese Chow Mein, Orange Chicken, Beef Broccoli, Stir-Fry Vegetables, Dumplings, Pot stickers, Tapioca Pearl Drinks, exotic slush drinks, Japanese Sushi, Vegetarian food, Egg-rolls, Crepes, Asian pancakes and more. Not that I’m going just for the food, but I’m just saying…

Six stages will dazzle with non-stop entertainment, including Japanese Taiko, Native Malaysian dances, Thai traditional dances, Flamingo dancing, Sambala Samba (Brazilian) dancing and ballroom dancing. The lion and dragon dances are a must for the Lunar New Year celebrations and to usher in the New Year.

The expo is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 65 and up, and $7 for children ages 4-12. Discount coupons are available on the Asian Expo website.

So, Gung Hay Fat Choy – Happy New Year. See you at the Asian American Expo.

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