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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating the diversity, culture, heritage, and history of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities in the United States. Here are five ways to celebrate this month!

#StopAsianHate

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, nearly 1,000 people showed up to AsiaTown to stand in solidarity with our AAPI residents and community in response to the tragedy in Atlanta, targeting women in Asian-owned spas, and in response to the rising incidents of anti-Asian hate incidents and harassment, which have continued since March.

The Lunar New Year (also known as the Spring Festival, Tet, or Seollal) begins this year on February 12. Families begin preparing weeks before, and celebrations last for two weeks until the Lantern Festival. According to the zodiac calendar, this year will begin the Year of the Metal Ox, known for hard work and honesty. Celebrations and traditions vary across geography and religion, but here are a few ways to celebrate in AsiaTown!

AsiaTown is joining the national movement to support small businesses, but not just on Small Business Saturday. Do the Shop Small Crawl year-round to support AsiaTown small businesses.

We are launching Imagine AsiaTown, a process to shape a collective strategic vision for our neighborhood’s future that is centered on the unique gifts each person brings to help turn that vision into reality. We invite you – as community members who live, work, shop, and visit AsiaTown – to imagine and contribute to this future.

We're offering free meals to those in need of food and encouragement while supporting AsiaTown small businesses. Check back here for updates about meal distributions and how to help.

Open in AsiaTown

All AsiaTown restaurants are now open for takeout or delivery, and many are open for dining! Wondering what to order? We have you covered with some meal recommendations! We're keeping a running list of restaurants that are open during the pandemic.

THE PLAIN DEALER

January 23, 2020

Lunar New Year comes to AsiaTown

FRESHWATER CLEVELAND

December 4, 2019

Colorful signs of life are popping up in Cleveland's AsiaTown

CLEVELAND SCENE

January 13, 2020

OCA Greater Cleveland to Produce Documentary on History of AsiaTown

FreshWater Cleveland

december 6, 2019

Cleveland Renames Street In Honor Of Late AsiaTown Advocate Stanley Eng

Cleveland Scene | November 13, 2019

News 5 Cleveland | November 7, 2019

Cleveland Scene | July 18, 2019

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FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Lunar New Year

恭喜發財! Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of the lunar calendar and is one of the most celebrated holidays in East and Southeast Asian countries. Celebrate in AsiaTown with firecrackers, the lion dance, and the dragon dance, which chase away evil spirits and usher in good luck for the new year.

May 22, 2021 - VIRTUAL

Cleveland Asian Festival

This annual volunteer-run festival highlights Cleveland’s AsiaTown and the diversity of Asian culture in Northeast Ohio each May, honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The festival features live entertainment with dozens of performances, a World Marketplace with food, artisan goods, and other vendors, a Health Pavilion, activities and games, fashion show, and pop dance competition.

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