On May 8, 2021, the first event in the Multicultural Festival series to celebrate Asian and Pacific Heritage month and against the recent outbreak of anti-Asian violence in the United States was held at the historic Union Station. The event was hosted by the City of Montgomery‘s Department of Culture Affair and co-organized by the CAAC (The Central Alabama Association Of Chinese), International Language and Culture College of Troy University, and other Asian societies.
The festival’s activities include presentations of Asia-Pacific culture, taste of Chinese cuisine and music/dance performances to showcase multi-cultural integration to visitors. Crispy chicken from local Chinese Restaurant Mr. Chen was a favor dish and many visitors came back for more. The enthusiastic and intense performance of the Birmingham waist drum team became the eye-catching work of the audience. The professional Chinese folk dancing by Yuyan Dance Ensemble and the vivid ensemble music of Jiemin/Jasmin Castillo (mother and daughter) also attracted many audiences.
After the heartwarming performance, CAAC president Dr. Xuejun Shen participated in a panel discussion along with representatives from other AAPI organizations to exchange ideas and cultivated friendships. All praised and thanked the city for such a wonderful opportunity and look forward to work closely in the future.
On 4/11, people of all races attended a Montgomery rally sponsored by multiple local minority and human rights groups, standing in solidarity against Asian hate crimes, and remembering the victims of the 3/16 Atlanta mass shooting. CAAC representatives attended the event, and President Shen took an interview with a WSFA news reporter.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the past year has been difficult. Now that we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, Dawson of Montgomery Chinese Christian Church organized a party to celebrate the Easter Festival, with wonderful homemade foods prepared by the church members. Thanks to everyone, and we wish you and your family health, peace and happiness.
Exciting, jubilant, beautiful, fun — CAAC held its annual Spring Fesitval celebration in the Freizer Church Montgomery Alabama on January 28, 2017. This gathering attracted a huge turnout from member families, member friends, students, local media, as well as local celebrities. It was a huge success in many ways. All of you will find your happy faces somewhere in the photo album of the event. Let’s laugh, remember, remain thankful, and look forward to a better new year.