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TAP-Seattle Taiwanese-American Heritage Week Event #3: “Taiwan Showcase”

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The Event:
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Hello, everyone, Great news! TAP-Seattle is proud to assist STAS in hosting the “Taiwan Showcase” during “Taiwanese-American Heritage Week.” The booth will be set up during the University District Street Fair on The Ave to promote Taiwanese culture and raise awareness of the Taiwan democracy crisis. We have initial plans to decorate and run the booth, but we need more volunteers to share your thoughts and care to the activities and Taiwan!

Please sign up for a volunteer position in the following google doc. It will be fun (as Always!) to help organize a booth that is meaningful for Taiwan and Taiwanese American! You get to talk to people about Taiwan, work with kids on crafts and arts, and make new friends! Please share this with everyone you know, we need your help! Thank you for your support!

Time: 5/17(Sat) and 5/18(Sun) 9am-7pm Place: U-district

P.S. We will give out a FREE UNIQUELY DESIGNED T-shirt for every volunteer that come and help. I know you want it, lol.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12ZfLwnQXtFIdiw5oAgBvfdqL7ROX69fUL8wLJUau4FY/edit?usp=sharing
5/17, 5/18 Street fair Volunteer worksheet

Can’t volunteer? Don’t worry, come and enjoy the “Taiwan Showcase” and the surrounding U District Street Fair

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/528017523985565/?ref=4
Time: Saturday, May 17th – Sunday, May 18th 9am-7pm
Location: NE 47th St and University Way NE, Seattle, WA

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About Seattle Taiwanese American Heritage Week:
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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Every year in the month of May, Taiwanese American Heritage Foundation coordinates series of programs to exhibit and celebrate our unique Taiwanese heritage. This year, TAP-Seattle cordially invite you to participate these events with us for such a celebration to enjoy Taiwanese folk dance, Taiwanese music, and learn more about the beauty and tour information of Taiwan.
This year’s Heritage week features “Taiwan Impression” cultural dance performance, an arrangement of “Remembrance (思想起)” as part of NW Sinfonietta’s Beethoven Violin Concerto, “Taiwan Showcase” Exhibition at University District Street Fair, and “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from above” documentary movie. TAP-Seattle welcomes you to participate in our series of events for this meaningful month embracing Taiwan’s tradition and heritage.

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Join our other wonderful TAP-Seattle events this month in celebrating 2014 Seattle Taiwanese American Heritage Week
(Links to the following events will be updated):
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** Taiwanese cultural dance performance: “Taiwan Impression”, presented by the Culture Arts Performing Team of National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sports (NTUPES)
5/13 (Tuesday) 7pm Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
Event site: https://www.facebook.com/events/848066645221888/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

** NW Sinfonietta’s Beethoven Violin Concerto with a surprise performance of “Remembrance (思想起),” composed by prominent Taiwanese composer Gordon Shi-Wen Chin
5/16(Friday) 7:30pm Benaroya Hall, Seattle
NW Sinfonietta website: http://www.northwestsinfonietta.org/
Please email eric.chang@tap-seattle.org to get special discounted tickets of $20

** Movie about Taiwan: “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above”.
An astonishing aerial cinematography reveals the shorelines, mountaintops, cityscapes, farmer’s fields, rivers, and social life of the island nation, delivering a sweet environmentalist and humanist message. 93 minutes. Director: Chi Po-Lin. Narrated by: Wu Nien-Jen
5/21 (Wednesday), 7:00pm, Pacific Place, Downtown Seattle

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Other great events for Seattle Taiwanese American Heritage Week:
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** “I See Taiwan” Night Market
Time: 5/10 (Saturday) 5pm to 8pm
Place: Red Square in UW Seattle campus
Host: Taiwanese Student Association of UW (TSAUW)
https://www.facebook.com/events/383181868491311/

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About the Origin of Asian American Heritage Week:
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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill:
** In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week.
** The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed.
** On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.
** Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration.
** In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants..

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