2023 Guide to the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration in Seattle, Washington

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Asia is the world’s largest and most diverse continent. It’s called the continent of contrast and diversity because each group of people in the region don’t share the same culture, cuisine, government, language, religion, ethnicity and more.

The second largest ethnic group in Seattle is Asian, originally from many different countries. Asian Pacific Islander celebrations began in the 1970s when student groups at high schools and colleges organized events to showcase their rich heritage.

In 1982, the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition was formed to advocate for the needs of the Asian Pacific Islanders (API). The API community in Seattle represents over 26 different ethnic communities with over 67 unique languages and dialects.

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of each Asian American community. The entertainment is dazzling. You’ll see a Lion Dance, a Bollywood Dance Troupe, Tongan dance, a Korean Dance Collective and Japanese drumming!

Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 11 am to 5 pm

Celebration Schedule

  • 11 am Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon & Lion Dance
  • 11:15 am Welcoming
    • Erin Okuno, Co-Chariperson, Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC)
    • Toshiko Hasegawa, Executive Director, Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
    • Native Land Welcome
  • 11:30 am Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team
  • 11:45 am Traditional Dance of China at UW
  • 12 pm Filipino Youth Activities
  • 12:15 pm Hilayin Performing Arts Group – Folk/Traditional Dancing and Flute performance
  • 12:30 pm Live2Dance Seattle, Bollywood Dance Troupe
  • 12:45 pm Lotu Mo Ngaue Tongan Dance Group
  • 1 pm Vietnamese Student Association of UW
  • 1:15 pm CHIME Band
  • 2 pm Alan Sugiyama Hum Bow Eating Contest
  • 2:30 pm Massive Monkeys
  • 3 pm Beatbox Panda
  • 3:15 pm The Kompany
  • 3:30 pm Mi Young Margolis Dance Collective
  • 3:45 pm Filipino Martial Arts
  • 4 pm Kaze Daiko
  • 4:15 pm Sunshine In Paradise, Hula Dance Group
  • 4:30 pm First Samoan Congregational Church, Traditional Samoan Dance
  • 4:45 pm UW Polynesian Student Alliance
  • 5 pm Closing Remarks

Seattle Hotels

If you’d like to visit Seattle for the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, you should consider the following hotels. They are all offering discounts which can save you money on your stay.

If you’re going to be flying to Seattle, book your flight here and you can save money.