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The Asian population increased more than four times faster than the total U.S. population. According to the 2010 Census, the Asian population grew by 46.5%, faster than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010. The 2010 Census reported 308.7 million people in the United States, a 9.7 percent increase from the Census 2000 population of 281.4 million. Of the total, 17.3 million, or 5.6%, people reported they were of Asian descent. This count included those who said they were both Asian alone (14.7 million) and Asian in combination with one or more additional races (2.6 million or 15%), of which well over half reported being Asian and White.


The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey th data every year -ingiving theother current vital information The Asian population Floridacommunities grew fastest among race groups. In Florida, 2010 Census counted 18,801,310Here residents. Of the data total on the to plantheinvestments and services. are some population, there were 454,812, or 2.4%, people who reported Asian alone. economic characteristics of Asian Americans in Florida accord An additional 118,271 people reported Asian in combination with one or 2010-2012 more additionalACS: races. The total Asian alone or multiple-race population in

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11,359 The8,794Asian American Population in Florida

Florida was 573,083. The Asian population experienced a 70.8% growth in FL since 2000, compared to 46.5% at the national level.

The 8,382 Asian population increased more than four times faster than the total U.S. population. According to the 2010 Census, the Asian population 7,528 grew by 46.5%, faster than any other race group in the United States between 7,449 2000 and 2010. The 2010 Census reported 308.7 million people in the United States, a 9.7 percent increase from the Census 2000 population 6,552 of 281.4 million. Of the total, 17.3 million, or 5.6%, people reported they were6,294 of Asian descent. This count included those who said they were both Asian alone (14.7 million) and Asian in combination with one or more ad6,062 ditional races (2.6 million or 15%), of which well over half reported being 5,201 Asian and White.

4,098 The Asian population in Florida grew fastest among other race groups.

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ulation, there were 454,812, or 2.4%, people who reported Asian alone. An additional 118,271 people reported Asian in combination with one or more additional races. The total Asian alone or multiple-race population in Florida was 573,083. The Asian population experienced a 70.8% growth in FL since Metropolitan Areastoin46.5% FL with Asian 2000, compared at the Largest national level.

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Indonesia Mapalus Kawanua Florida Anniversary Picnic The weather was perfect and Indonesian people were well represented 15 March 2014 at the Mapalus Kawanua Florida, MKF, first anniversary picnic at Wickham Park Melbourne. Hundreds of people from as near as Fort Meyers, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, and as far as California, Colorado, New York, and New Hampshire celebrated Indonesian Minahasa culture as they enjoyed food, music, and performances. It was day to make new friends, as well as to raise awareness and funds to help volcano and flood victims in North Sumatra, East Java, and North Sulawesi. The event was sponsored by Mapalus



Kawanua Florida which loosely translated means “Community of people from the hometown of Manado, Indonesia, living in Florida”. But there was also the desire to draw all people together to share in culture and friendship with Indonesians who can be diverse yet have much in common. “Unity in Diversity” is the official national motto of this island nation, the world’s fourth most populous country, and it was apparent in the friendship displayed by those who were there. Activities opened with a prayer and singing of a traditional Manado song, Opo Wana Natas, by those gathered. After remarks by MKF Chairman Charles Tumetel, the entertainment

began with Wyn Praniti Mello performing a Balinese social dance, “Joged Bungbung”, with audience participation! Dwi Santoso next led an angklung group in playing some traditional and contemporary songs including America the Beautiful. During lunch guests ate spicy Manado cuisine and listened to Kolingtang music. There was also Potong Tumpeng, which is a rice dish shaped to resemble a volcano (which play a large part in the culture since Indonesia has 147 of them). Tumpeng dates back to ancient traditions related to giving thanks for an abundant harvest or other blessings. MKF board members ceremoniously cut the tip off the cone.

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Our Heartfelt Gratitude ď Ž By Dragon Parade Committee 2014 The Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival Committee would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all the sponsors, performers, vendors, parade organizations, volunteers and audiences for your participation in and support of the 3rd Annual Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival. This year we broke

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Wah Lum Kung Fu Day To martial arts practitioners around the world, Grandmaster Chan Pui is known for many things, such as being sixth generation of the Wah Lum Kung Fu System, 33rd generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple, and being a pioneer in traditional martial arts in the United States. To his students, Grandmaster Chan is known for his dedication to his system, pride in his students, enthusiasm in training and teaching, and sincere respect for martial artists. Those who know Grandmaster Chan know him to be a powerful practitioner, an astounding performer, an honorable man, and a true friend. Grandmaster Chan was the first to begin celebrating the Lunar New Year (Chinese



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Tzu Chi Orlando 2013 Year End Blessing Ceremony Tzu Chi liaison office in Orlando’s Year End Blessing Ceremony was held at the L. Claudia Allen Senior Center. It was enthusiastically attended by nearly two hundred people, many of whom are overseas Chinese in Central Florida. This annual event provides members and guests the opportunity to see, via DVD Tzu Chi’s footsteps of Great Love and Kindness throughout the world. In addition they receive the blessings and warm wishes from the Founder of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Dharma Master Cheng Yen. The dinner for this year’s event was sponsored by Panda Express. In addition to the dis-



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Glenn Leong, a past President of the AACC, introduced a new addition to our BAH program for AACC Members – “Member Spotlight”. He taught everyone how to do a “60 second elevator speech”. It was a fun exercise for the AACC members to introduce themselves . Thank you Florida Hospital for your hospitality and the great healthy food which left no one hungry. Join us at our upcoming events: April 15, 2014 –6 pm – 8 pm. BAH hosted by Orlando Health at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for

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“Simply breathtaking” The First Lady visited the Great Wall of China on March 23, 2014. Which she described as “simply breathtaking.” The Wall, which stretches across more than 13,000 miles of the Chinese countryside, dates back as far as the 7th century B.C.

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Puff - one of the strongest teams in South Florida Puff is a competitive dragon boat team based in Miami since 2003. This team has seen a steady rise over recent years, and through ongoing hard work and perseverance, is now the reigning champion in both women’s and mixed divisions at the prestigious Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, among other events. Puff had 9 members on the latest incarnation of dragon boat’s Team USA at the IDBF World Championships in Hungary last year. Their members have ranged in age from 14 to 74, with most in the 30-50 range. They come from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, teachers/professors, massage therapists, students, park rangers, IT professionals, law enforcement, small business owners, just to name a few. They are racially and ethnically diverse, and have roots from all over the Americas as well as China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, France, Hungary, and more. Though their diversity implies differing interests, the team brings new strong friendships, and they enjoy various social activities together. But ultimately it’s the magic on the boat that keeps them coming back for more. With so many of their members traveling the world for dragon boat events, whether it’s the annual Hong Kong race season, nations’ world championships, club crew world championships,



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Bali, an island province of Indonesia, is the essence of a tropical paradise, renowned for its traditional dance, music, artwork, and enviable beaches for surfing.

From its volcanic mountains to rice paddies, Bali is a very spiritual place full of natural wonders. Here in Bali the majority of the citizens adhere to Balinese Hinduism, rich with thousands of years of traditions and rituals. Sculptures, statues, and even trees are dressed with sarongs as the Balinese believe there are spirits within all things. The black-andwhite plaid clothes symbolize the duality in life, such as good and evil, brightness and darkness, as well as men and women. Every morning, the Balinese prepare “Canang Sari,” using coconut leaves to create a square basket and filled with fragrant incense, candies, rice, beautiful flowers, betel leaves, and other offerings to appease the spirits of Bali, Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (the “All-In-One God”). They are placed on tables, car dashboards, and on the streets in front of homes and businesses as well as gates and corners…essentially every where. These offerings are made three times a day to express thanks to the gods and spirits.



Balinese percussion orchestra music, known as gamelan, features a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) and gongs, bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Balinese performing arts often portray stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana but with heavy local Balinese influence.

Must See Shows and Performances in Bali - “Devdan - Treasures of the Archipelago” at the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre is a modern & contemporary acrobatic and dance performance that is inspired by the culture of Indonesia, featuring dances from the provinces of Bali, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and Papua. The show is very culturally entertaining and enlightening. More info: - Kecak Monkey Dance - Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting “cak” while throwing up their arms. The dance depicts a battle from the Ramayana where the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance. The most popular of these dances can be found

at Uluwatu Temple as well as in Ubud, the spiritual center of Bali. - Legong Dance - often performed by young girls, Legong is a refined dance form characterized by intricate finger movements, complicated footwork, and expressive gestures and facial expressions. The performances can be found at Temple Puri Saren, Ubud: every Mon and Sat, 7:30 PM, Temple Peliatan Village: every Friday, 7:30 PM, Temple Pura Dalem Puri, Ubud: every Saturday, 7:30 PM.

Travel Tips to Bali - Have USD $25.00 cash ready for the arrival VISA at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. When departing from Bali, you are subject to the airport departure tax which can be paid in cash in Indonesian Rupiah only, so save some Indonesian Rupiah bills for the trip out. The airport departure tax is Rp 150,000 for international departures and Rp 40,000 for domestic departures. - Current exchange rate (March 2014) is approximately Indonesian Rupiah Rp 100,000 for US Dollars USD $8.00. Exchange money right outside the airport at the official money changing station or other official banks to avoid being

Scene from the Ramayana in a street stop in Bali

Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

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Ricky and May Ly at Uluwatu Temple

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scammed. Inside Bali, the largest money changer is called PT Central Kuta and they have several outlets. - Getting around Bali - Hire a driver for about $50 USD a day to take you around. The streets of Bali are very narrow and hazardous for those unaccustomed to driving in crowded streets where motorcyclists, cars, vans, all pile on in almost one lane driving conditions. It’s best to hire a driver to avoid the hassles. Traffic can be quite irritating especially near the tourist centers. - Rainy Seasons - Do try to avoid the rainy season as Bali is a tropical island. From December to March, the west monsoon can bring heavy showers and high humidity. From June to September, the humidity is low and it can be quite cool in the evenings, with hardly any rain. - Kuta Beach is known for surfing and tourist centers, Nusa Dua is known for their resort villas, and Ubud, the spiritual center of Bali, for their arts, temples, the Sacred Monkey forest, and rice terraces. - Nyepi, or the Hindu New Year, also known as the day of absolute silence, is usually in March or April (next on March 31, 2014). On Nyepi,

absolutely everything on the island is shut down between 6AM on the day of the new year and 6AM the following morning. Tourists are confined to their hotels and asked to be as quiet as possible for the day. After dark, light must be kept to a bare minimum. No one is allowed onto the beaches or streets. The only exceptions granted are for real emergency cases. The airport remains closed for the entire day, which means no flights into or out of Bali for 24 hr. The Balinese believe by being absolutely silent, evil spirits will pass over the island and not linger and do harm to the inhabitants. - Massages in Bali are relatively cheap and can range from USD $12 an hour for a massage.

Balinese Food Babi guling — a signature Balinese pork and rice dish made with various cuts of roast suckling pig, spiced with turmeric, lemongrass, kaffir and chili. The meat is succulent and the piece of skin that comes with it is like a salty caramelized shard of glass. Notable outlets for babi guling include Ibu Oka’s in Ubud, Pak Malen in Seminyak, Warung Candra in Denpasar, and Pak Dobil in Nusa Dua. Note, these establishments are mostly hole in the wall type places frequented by the local

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populace so don’t be squeamish if you aren’t accustomed to a different standard of hygiene. Bebek betutu — literally “darkened duck”, topped with a herb paste and roasted in banana leaves over charcoal. The same method can also be used for chicken, resulting in ayam betutu. Nasi Goreng - Indonesian Fried Rice, typically spiced with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shallot, garlic, tamarind and chilli and accompanied with other ingredients, particularly egg, chicken and prawns Mie Goreng - Indonesian Fried Noodles, made with thin yellow noodles fried in cooking oil with garlic, onion or shallots, fried prawn, chicken, or beef, sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbage, cabbages, tomatoes, egg, and acar (pickles). Nasi campur - pronounced nasi champur, steamed rice with various vegetables and meats, similar to a combination rice platter. For more information, visit http://wikitravel. org/en/Bali Ricky Ly, Author of The Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando and Food Blogger at ASIA TREND


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“C.H.A.R.G.E.” is the Orlando-based Dragon Boat Team organized by the Chinese American Association of Central Florida in June, 2010, and is comprised mostly of Asian-American crew members. If you would like to learn more about Dragon Boat paddle technique or join the team. Email CHARGE at or for more details.

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うちな~んちゅ募集中‼ 二ヵ月一回集まります。 沖縄方言や踊り、流球料理、歌など 会話をしながら一日をすごしませんか? 連絡先/ 321-246-1763. な〜な まで

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Bataan Corregidor Memorial: Filipino-American Friendship Day Celebration Apr 12 (Sat) 10 am to 5 pm at Lakefront Park in Kissimmee-250 Lakeshore Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741. FREE ADMISSION. A day to celebrate and enjoy friendship as well as a gathering to honor our faithful veterans and soldiers. Walgreens Space Coast Dragon Boat Festival Apr 12 (Sat) at the Manatee Sanctuary Park, Cape Canaveral, FL. Event Highlights: Sport Division Categories Premier Mixed, Premier Women, Premier Open; Community Division; Electronic Start and Finish with Video Replay; Excellent Spectator Viewing Areas; Beer Garden ttp:// Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) Apr 13 (Sun) 10 am to 3 pm at the Wat Florida Dhammaram - 2421 Old Vineland Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746. FREE Admission, Free parking. Enjoy International and Thai food, Entertainment and more. “Songkran” is traditionally a water-blessing ceremony. Orlando Health Presents Business After Hours Apr 15 (Tue) 6 pm to 8 pm at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Atrium - 92 W. Miller Street, Orlando, FL 32806. Feature: Massage Therapists, Free Health Screenings, Gift Basket Drawings (Free parking in the parking garage adjacent to Arnold Palmer Hospital) Food & beverages will be provided. RSVP required to attend: site/online-event-registration/99647 RSVP Deadline:Friday, April 11, 2014 Contact: Coco Johnston 352-789-2323 Email: AACC Members - attend Free. $15 for Non-Members. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required to attend. VASA’s @ UCF Black April Commemoration Apr 16 (Wed) 5:30 pm at UCF Barbara Ying Center - 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Building 81 Orlando, Florida 32816. The Vietnamese American Student Association would like to invite you to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. It will be a touching commemoration to honor the past, talk about the present state, and hope for the future of Vietnam. Come and support the veterans who fought for freedom in Vietnam, listen to speakers talk about their experiences and struggles coming to America, and let us not forget the past. We hope that you can join us in support of the continuing journey to define our cultural identity and to make an impact on the community here in Central Florida. Remember to please come in all BLACK attire. Lao New Year Apr 19 (Sat) 8am to 9am & Apr 20 (Sun) 8am to 7pm at the Watnavaram Buddhist Temple - 2381 Narcisuss Ave., Sanford FL 32771. Admission: $10, kid under 13 is FREE Lao Beauty Pageant Contest, Soccer game, Volley Ball, Kartor, Basket Ball, Food & Beverage will be available with reasonable price. Contact: 407-322-3652 9th annual Central Florida Earth Day Apr 19 (Sat) 10 am - 6 pm at the Lake Eola Park (east side) 195 N. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. Admission is FREE! Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! Earth Day is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, and smoke-free event. Enjoy speakers, food preparation demonstrations, an environmental education center, a humane education center, a kids zone, an animal haven, an artist corner, music on a band stage and acoustic stage, lots of other activities, and many Earthfriendly vendors. There are so many fun and interesting things happening at Earth Day you will want to stay all day. Single listing is up to 40 words at no charge for non-profit organization, E-mail the events/activities to or fax the information to 407-273-9913 • Submit the information by the 15th of each month for the next month publication.

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Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival, Tampa, FL Apr 26 (Sat) 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602. The 450m races will take place along the protected waters of Garrison Channel. Several teams from local corporate and community organizations as well as paddlers from across the region are competing for the coveted Tampa Bay dragon boat trophy! The races will kick off at 8:30am on Saturday morning with the Opening Ceremonies at the Tampa History Center at approximately 10:30 am followed by a Breast Cancer Survivor ceremony. Race day festivities include music, awards, and all types of vendors! Asia Fest 2014 in Tampa Bay Apr 26 (Sat) 11 am at the Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602. Admission is FREE! Asia Fest celebrating the diversity and abundance of Asian culture in Florida and around Tampa Bay. Experience the tastes, sights and sounds of sixteen unique countries from all over Asia. Entertainment includes brilliantly colorful dance performances, traditional music and the 4th annual Miss Asia Fest Competition. World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2014 2014 April 26, Sat. 9am-2pm at the Westgate Flea Market Bldg.B (behind bldg.) 8548 West Irlo Bronson Hwy. Kissimmee, Fl. Admission is FREE! Anyone interested in Tai Chi and Qigong is welcome to participate A pot-luck food set up will follow the event. Please bring enough food and drink for your group. Please contact Sam Winters 407-238-7450 to reserve your spot at this Special Event! and check out: AACC Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month festival & Networking May 1 (Thu) 5:30 – 8 pm. The AACC’s 5th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration at Orlando City Hall. Networking, Table Top Exhibitors, Refreshments, Raffle Prizes & more. Hobnob with city & county leaders, government officials and business owners. To register or to reserve a table top, World of Nations Celebration in Jacksonville May 1 to May 4 at the Metropolitan Park - 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Admission is $5 (One Day Ticket) or $8 (Two Day Ticket). Children ages 3 and under are free. The City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations within your reach. Contact (904) 630-3690 Buddha’s Birthday Celebration in Central Florida May 4 (Sun) at Guang Ming Temple, 6555 Hoffner Avenue, Orlando, FL 32822. Bathing the Buddha Ceremony, Japanese Floral Ikebana Exhibition, Vegetarian Food Fair, Cultural Performances, Mr. Xinlin Fan Art Exhibition, Raffle, etc… Event Organizers: Guang Ming Temple, Buddha’s Light International Association, Florida Chapter

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2014 April 26 (Sat) 9am to 2pm

Westgate Flea Market Bldg. B (behind the building) - 8548 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee, Fl. (halfway between 429 and US 27 on Hwy 192, across from the Orange Lake Country Club). Come let’s celebrate together in Orlando this momentous event and “Heal the World” one step, one breath, at a time! All Interested in Tai Chi and Qigong are welcome to participate. A pot-luck food set up will follow the event. Please bring enough food and drink for your group. Please call Sifu Sam Winters at 407-238-7450 to reserve your spot at this event.

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