2013 Los Angeles Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival

Monterey Park, CA

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The Taiwanese American Heritage Committee of LA & Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater LA invite you to join our annual festival!

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Taiwanese American Heritage Week (TAHW), first declared by U.S. Congress in 1999 to honor the culture and contributions of the Taiwanese Americans, and on behalf of Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and the Taiwanese American Heritage Committee, we would like to invite you to attend our 2013 Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival, which will be held on Sunday, May 19th from 10:00am to 7:00pm, in collaboration with many other Taiwanese American community organizations across Southern California. There will be performances in the amphitheater throughout the day showcasing the Taiwanese American culture, as well as booths with artisans, food, games, raffles, and exquisite exhibits for people of all ages. We hope these events will foster further understanding and awareness of our proud heritage in the Greater Los Angeles region.

Taiwanese American Heritage Week (TAHW) Festival
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Barnes Park, Memorial Bowl
350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755

Food & Fun Games:
- Over 30 booths will host traditional Taiwanese cuisine & drinks & booths of games for the young & old. Bring the whole family to enjoy! - Admission is FREE!!
- To purchase food, you'll need to purchase a sheet of food & game tickets for $10 with raffle ticket. These can be purchased in advance or on-site.
- Prizes incl. autographed NBA basketball, jersey and MLB baseball from superstars JEREMY LIN (林書豪) and CHIEN-MING WANG (王建民)!

In addition to the 5/19/13 festival, throughout the month of May, the Taiwanese American community will be hosting a series of other exhibits, workshops, and performances that will be open to the public.

For further information, contact Taiwan Center in Rosemead at (626)307-4881.

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Purpose and Objectives of the Celebration

In the month of May, Taiwanese American Heritage Week is held to recognize the Taiwanese Americans and their contributions and achievements to the U.S. society, economy, culture and other fields as well as introduce as well as share the Taiwanese American Culture-Heritage through organized festivities and celebrations in Taiwanese American communities. Through goodwill, understanding, and cultural-heritage exchanges people of all culture and heritage can get to know Taiwan and Taiwanese people through mutual understanding.

The Taiwanese American Heritage Week Los Angeles is spearheaded by the Taiwan Center of Greater Los Angeles and 50+ Taiwanese American affiliated associations.

Background of the Celebration
In 1992, U.S. President George Bush, Sr. officially signed Act HR5572 put forward by Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Mineta of the Congress. The decree was to establish” Asian Pacific American Heritage Month” in the month of May. The period is to celebrate and praise the contributions made by Asian Pacific Americans to the United States. This historical act was immediately passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate through majority votes.

In 1999, to praise the contributions made by Taiwanese Americans to the U.S., the U.S. Congress specifically designated a week in Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May as Taiwanese American Heritage Week. Both in May 1999 and in May 2000, the U.S. President Clinton sent letter to congratulate on Taiwanese American Heritage Week. Since 2000, Taiwan President Chen Shui-Bian has been sending congratulatory letters to Taiwanese Americans.

鄉土傳統 永續推廣

考慮到長期推廣代代傳承,大洛杉磯台灣會館基金會於2001年正式成立「台美人傳統週推動小組」,

作為年度交接的平台,記錄並保存往年活動資料作為傳承的依據。

大洛杉磯台美人傳統週是由台灣會館所屬台美人傳統週委 員會帶領50多個台灣人社團,共同推展台灣文化並服務台灣鄉 親。

活動由來和說明
1992年,美國總統布希正式簽署由國會議員荷頓(Rep. Frank Horton)和諾曼(Norman Mineta)所提出

的法案HR5572,訂下每年五月為「美國亞太裔傳統月」(Asian Pacific American Heritage Month),

以慶祝並表揚亞太裔美人對美國的貢獻,隨即在美國眾議院中獲多數通過。1999年,美國國會為表

揚台美人對美國社會的貢獻,特別指定每年五月亞太裔傳統月當中的一個星期,為「台美人傳統週」

(Taiwanese American Heritage Week)。1999年五月與2000年五月,美國總統柯林頓均發函向「台美

人傳統週」致敬並表祝賀,陳水扁總統從2000年開始每年台美人傳統週均來函表示祝賀與鼓勵。

活動宗旨和目的
「台美人傳統週」,主要宗旨在表彰台美人對美國經濟、文化和各方面的貢獻,並向美國主流社會介紹台美人的傳統文化背景,讓主流友人認識「台灣」和「台美人」;更藉由「台美人傳統週」的慶祝活動,來增進台裔與其他族裔的溝通及互動。