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Cleveland Asian Festival 2012
May 19-20, 2012

The 3rd annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted more than 42,240 people over the weekend of May 19-20, 2012.

There were over 40 performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including this yearís headliner, MTVís Americaís Best Dance Crew: Instant Noodles. Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants kept the attendees satisfied. The World Market was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

There was also a Health Pavilion that provided free screenings and health information. The children activities area was a big hit with kids and families.

The Cleveland Asian Festival has continued to become the fastest growing festival in Northeast Ohio. Many groups came from surrounding cities such as Columbus, Pittsburgh and Akron, while a few came as far as New York, Florida, and even Italy. Surveys were conducted at the festival with results proving that not only it helps shape AsiaTown, but it brought an economic boost to the area, as well.

News anchor Lynna Lai told about the history, purpose and future of Asia Town and the Cleveland Asian Festival.

Lynna Lai

Lynna Lai




Lynna Lai


MC Wayne Wong introduced the Executive Board of the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival - Debbie Yue, Hao Zhou, Michael Byun, Yin Tang, Vi Huynh, Lisa Wong and Johnny Wu - at the 2012 Asian Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.

Executive Board of the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival

Executive Board of the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival




Wayne Wong with Executive Board of the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival (missing Johnny Wu)

Wayne Wong with Executive Board of the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival (missing Johnny Wu)



Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson

Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson




Community Relations Director Blaine Griffin

Cleveland Community Relations Director Blaine Griffin




Marine Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo at Cleveland Asian Festival
A highlight of the first day of the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival was a speech by Korean-American Marine Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo. who spoke about the contributions of Asian-Americans in the Marine Corps and other services and singled out 3 Asian-American military heroes.

Instant Noodles from MTV's America's Best Dance Crew
Instant Noodles from MTV's America's Best Dance Crew headlined the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival and had the huge crowd screaming for more.

Icho Daiko
Japanese taiko drumming

Traditional Chinese Lion Dance
By Kwan Family

Traditional Kuchipudi Indian dance
by Kalyani Veturi

Traditional Chinese Dance
By Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association

The Jasmine Dragons
Hip Hop Dance, acrobatic strength routine and spinning aerial acrobatics.

Community Groups at 2012 CAF
From ASIA Inc. to Westlake Chinese Cultural Association

Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance
By Wah Lum Kung Fu of Columbus Ohio

Traditional Indian Kathak Dance
Shweta Singh dancers

Kung Fu and Martial Arts Demos
Fighting, Breaking Boards, Nunchucks and more

Traditional Chinese Dance
By Westlake Chinese School

Wushu the Dragon
Lots of fun posing with the crowd.

Traditional Indian Bharathanatyam Dance
Sujatha Srinivisan students from Shri Kalaa Mandir

More Entertainment
Including the Dancing Panda

Faces in the Crowd
Who do you recognize?



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