"One world, many cultures."
That was the theme of the 4th Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration at Stony Brook University, which paid tribute to the cultural contributions in America made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The multicultural event, organized by the Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board, Suffolk County Office of Minority Affairs, Wellbrook Foundation and the Charles B. Wang Center, featured stage performances, traditional costumes, a photo exhibit on electronic waste and recycling, multicultural arts and crafts displays from ten countries, vocal and musical performances, folk dances, Chinese Calligraphy, dragon mask coloring, face painting, Vietnamese and Japanese tea ceremonies, Kimono presentations, Thai fruit and vegetable carving, a Chinese Yo-Yo and Martial Arts presentation, and a Taiko drum workshop.
The ten countries represented included Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Korea, Nepal, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The celebration concluded with an awards ceremony for distinguished Asian Americans, a VIP dinner and a Youth Orchestra concert.