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2016 Cleveland Asian Festival

Cleveland Asian Festival
May 20-21, 2017

Despite persistent rain on Sunday, a crowd of about 34,000 people attended the 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival on the weekend of May 20 and 21 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood on Payne Avenue.

Wayne Wong served as MC for the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF).

Wayne Wong

Wayne Wong


Wayne asked the crowd how many were newcomers to CAF and AsiaTown and about 25% of the crowd indicated they were.

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Wayne told the crowd a little about the mission of CAF in Cleveland's AsiaTown before introducing Vi Huynh who is one of the three founders of CAF. Vi thanked the volunteers and Wayne thanked the sponsors.



Vi Huynh

Vi Huynh


Wayne introduced the Kwan Family Lion Dance for their annual kickoff performance. Wayne also explained some of the symbolism of the lion dance. Here are some highlights of the Kwan Family Lion Dance.



 Kwan Family Lion Dance


 Kwan Family Lion Dance


 Kwan Family Lion Dance

Kwan Family Lion Dance Team


Next, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke to the crowd. Wayne then introduced Cleveland Police Department (CPD) Commander Jones and 15 CPD officers of Asian heritage for recognition.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson

Photos and video of the Mayor's remarks and honoring the officers


Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi is of Filipino heritage and he spoke at the 2017 Cleveland Asian festival. He said we are all united because we all call America our home.



Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi

Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi


Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow represents 3 neighborhoods: Hough, St Clair-Superior and AsiaTown. He spoke at the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival about how the cultural education and diversity is important.



Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow

Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow


Ohio State Representative for District 10 Bill Patmon spoke about the festival and neighborhood.



Ohio State Representative for District 10  Bill Patmon

Ohio State Representative for District 10 Bill Patmon


Wayne introduced the members of the Executive Board of the Festival: Vi Huynh, Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, Mike Mendoza, Siu-yan Scott and Yin Tang.



members of the Executive Board of the Cleveland Asian  Festival

Cleveland Asian Festival Executive Board
(not in photo, Deborah Yue)
Wayne had to leave early because of personal issues but his replacement Asim Datta thanked him on behalf of all of us.




Don't miss the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival People Page
Who do you recognize?

Here are links to some of the performers at the Cleveland Asian Festival.

Igorot Dance from the Philippines by Kultura Filipiniana Dance Troupe

Lynna Lai introduces Igorot Dance from the Philippines by Kultura Filipiniana Dance Troupe at Cleveland Asian Festival

Lynna Lai interviews Kultura Filipiniana Dance Troupe
at Cleveland Asian Festival


Videos and photos of the Filipino dances


OCA Pittsburgh at 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival

Performers from OCA Pittsburgh travelled to Cleveland for the Cleveland Asian Festival and put on a great show.

 young lady from OCA Pittsburgh performed a graceful Chinese Spring Festival Dance

A young lady from OCA Pittsburgh performed
a graceful Chinese Spring Festival Dance


See photos and videos of the OCA Pittsburgh performance


Laotian Association of Cleveland dancers

Young ladies from the Laotian Association of Cleveland performed both a traditional Laotian dance to celebrate the Laotian New Year and another, more modern, traditional Laotian dance.

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young ladies from the Laotian Association of Cleveland

Young ladies from the Laotian Association of Cleveland


Photos and videos of the Laotian dancers


OCA Cleveland Dragon Dance

The persistent rain on Sunday forced the OCA Cleveland Dragon Dance Team to move inside Asia Plaza instead of parading through the Festival grounds. But they did a great job in the Plaza and even danced through Li Wah restaurant to the delight of the diners.

OCA Cleveland Dragon Dance Team at Cleveland Asian Festival


See photos and videos of the OCA Cleveland Dragon Dance Team


People at Cleveland Asian Festival

See photos of some of the colorful people at the 2017 CAF. Who do you recognize?

Costumes at Cleveland Asian Festival


See the people at 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival


Japanese pop artist Reakt

WOIO news anchor Chris Tanaka introduced Reakt, an artist from Tokyo Japan who is touring North America. Reakt performs a mix of Japanese pop and hip-hop.

Reakt performing

Reakt performing at Cleveland Asian Festival


Video and photos of Reakt


Colors of Asia Fashion Show

One of the highlights of the annual Cleveland Asian Festival is the Colors of Asia Fashion Show. Countries represented in 2017 included China, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, India, Korea and Mongolia.

Models wearing the colorful fashions of Asia at the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival

Video and photos of the Colors of Asia Fashion Show


Great Wall Enrichment Center Dance and Martial Arts

Students from the Great Wall Enrichment Center performed traditional Chinese dances and then gave a martial arts demonstration.

Great Wall Enrichment Center Martial Arts demo at Cleveland Asian Festival

Video and photos of the Great Wall Enrichment Center


Indian Cooking demonstration by Anjan Ghose

New to the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival was a demonstration of Asian cooking. Anjan Ghose assisted by his wife Kathy presented two dishes. Anjan prepared Cucumber Raita (Cucumber in Yogurt) and then a Sweet and Sour Strawberry Snack.

Anjan and Kathy Ghose

Anjan and Kathy Ghose


See the recipes, photos and videos of Anjan's demonstration


Vietnamese Cooking demonstration by Pho Thang Cafe

New to the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival was a demonstration of Asian cooking. Nancy and Susan from Pho Thang Cafe presented two dishes. They prepared Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad and then Vietnamese Summer Rolls.

Susan and Nancy from Pho Thang Cafe

Susan and Nancy from Pho Thang Cafe


See the recipes, photos and videos of Pho Thang Cafe's demonstration


Hula Fusion

Hula Fusion's grand finale was this fire dance and then a hula.




Don't miss the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival People Page


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