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Winnie Kho Kaplan is the Steering Committee for the Asian District, Mesa and very passionate in promoting the Asian Culture, Commerce and Community locally and internationally.Excellent Service Award from Scottsdale City Mayor Jim Lane and Arizona Asian American Association in recognition of outstanding achievement in serving the community at the Asian Festival.
“This is our first time in Arizona enjoying the Lunar New Year and we wanted to take my daughter out to the festivities,” said Khoi Mai.
Census data shows the Asian population has been growing in the Mesa area.
In 2020, the city named a two-mile stretch on Dobson Road the Asian District which has about 70 Asian-owned businesses in the area.
Vendors told ABC15 they like sharing their culture by celebrating the Lunar New Year.
“So we usually celebrate it in China — and then we’ll bring dumplings to everyone, dumpling means good luck today so that’s why we’re cooking dumplings for everyone right now,” said Honglin Zhu.
Organizers said they plan on bringing the event back next year.”Yeah. This has been good. Thousands of people have come down,” said Dr. Steve Kaplan, one of the people that helped create the event.According to Kaplan, sponsors have already expressed interest in doing more in the future.He told ABC15 he hopes more people will show an interest in other cultures.
“So a lot of people know about one Asian culture or another but they’re very, quite different,” he added.
Thursday, Jan 6, 2022
Presenting the Asian Festival Poster to the City of Mesa, Mayor John Giles and Councilmember District 3 Francisco Heredia from the Founder/President of Asian Festival, Dr. Steve Kaplan, Honorary Consul Winnie Kho Kaplan and businessman Jason Li in Asian District Mesa
The Asian Festival celebration in conjunction with the unveiling of Asian District signage at the Sycamore/Main St Light Rail Station on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 9 am to 5 pm at Park and Ride Main St & Sycamore. The City of Mesa and Valley Metro are partnering with Asian Festival for this celebratory event. The Mayor from the City of Mesa, Councilmen, State Senates, Valley Metro Board Members, community & business Leaders, students and families are excited to attend.
The Asian Festival mission is to promote a peaceful world by increasing international awareness and cultural understanding. It is a time to build community through businesses and family oriented activity. The Asian Festival is the inaugural event, that we hope to expand to various other events supporting the Asian District throughout the year. Our focus is organizing diverse cultural festivals, workshops and events for the public to learn and experience another culture, meet international friends, improve their language ability, taste of Asian cuisine, arts & crafts, tea ceremony, cultural dance and promote the value of cultures and traditions.
Event Program Unveiling of Signage for Asian District, Mesa Celebrating Lunar New Year Main Stage for Opening Ceremony and performances.
Event Program 9.00 am Event Open. 9.15 am Welcome guests for morning coffee and media interview 9.30 am Cultural Performances