It’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!

If that doesn’t just roll off your tongue…

We decided to celebrate by hosting a dragon dancing workshop in the park! To make this event happen, we partnered with the Drum Rollers who charmed our ears with their musical magic. They also taught the workshop. Despite the sweltering heat, which decided to plague us before summer, over 30 people braved the heat to celebrate and dance with us!

Participants learned some of the basics of how to Dragon Dance and were given the opportunity to participate in a future local event. It was like playing “follow the leader” for all ages! A favorite was “Row the boat” where participants actually made a boat and pretended to row it. Fun was had by all.

Enjoy the slideshow below for some snippets from the day. Community Faces KC also came by and photographed the event, so can see those pictures here.

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Dragon Boat Festival at the Library

This year, we partnered with the Kansas City Public Library — Plaza Branch to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.

The event kicked off with a dragon dance and then patrons were invited to try their hand at making origami dragon boats. The completed projects were then raced down ‘water’ to see who could rescue Qu Yuan. Winners were awarded with a poster.

Also at the library, was a display featuring a giant origami dragon as well as the story of the festival and some items commonly associated with the event, like zhong zi.

For a history of Qu Yuan and the festival, you can read our piece from last year.

The activity was popular with many children and some adults! Thank you, KCPL-Plaza for allowing us to partner with you and help celebrate Chinese culture!

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