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12:00 pm

Halau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi Hawaiian Dance Performance

May 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ocean View Branch Library, 345 Randolph Street
San Francisco, 94132 United States
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Join us for a Hula performance (Hawaiian dance) along with a cultural presentation about the meaning and history of hula, and even learn a simple dance!

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1:00 pm

APA Heritage Month Performance Showcase

May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St
San Francisco, 94102 United States
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Free with museum general admission

On Saturday, May 18, the Asian Art Museum joins the City and County of San Francisco in Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a performance showcase with groups from the Southeast Asian Art and Culture Coalition.

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MAYOR ED LEE – Film Screening, Reception, Q&A with Filmmakers

May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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Don't miss this special screening of MAYOR ED LEE - a film about the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco. Event includes a Reception and Q&A with the Filmmakers. Venue is the renown Delancey Street Screening Room -- the site of Directors Guild of America and Oscars/Academy screenings -- which Robert Redford designed and Francis […]

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2:30 pm

Asia FantAsia with Eth-Noh-Tec

May 18, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library, 1135 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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Asian storytelling is deep in our Pan-Asian heritages. Playful and poetic, the Eth-Noh-Tec ensemble weaves together storytelling from China, Korea, India, the Philippines and other Asian cultures using humor and wit in fun-filled performances for the entire family.

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3:00 pm

Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement

May 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Western Addition Branch Library, 1550 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States

Make your own flower arrangement under the guidance of ikebana instructor Omachi-sensei. All materials provided but space is limited. Registrations begin April 18th. Sign up with a librarian at Western Addition Branch Library or call (415) 355-5727 to reserve a spot.

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Halau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi: Hula Dancing

May 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mission Bay Branch Library, 960 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

Join Halau Ha'a Kea o Kinohi for a short hula performance (native Hawaiian dance) with a cultural presentation about the meaning of the dance and history of hula. Participation encouraged. All ages welcome.

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3:30 pm

Author Talk at Chinatown Library : Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories by May-lee Chai

May 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library, 1135 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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Celebrate May-lee Chai’s latest short story collection Useful Phrases for Immigrants. In the title story of this timely and innovative collection, a young woman wearing a Prada coat attempts to redeem a coupon for plastic storage bins while her in-laws are at home watching the Chinese news and taking her private phone calls. It is […]

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4:00 pm

Japanese Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro

May 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States

Come and learn about the Japanese art of Taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You will even get a chance to play the drums yourself! More information about the artist can be found at

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7:30 pm

CAAMFest Presents 25th Anniversary of THE JOY LUCK CLUB

May 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Waverly Place (Outdoor Screening), Waverly Place
San Francisco, CA United States
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Come join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of THE JOY LUCK CLUB, one of the most decorated Asian American films in cinematic history. Written by Amy Tan and directed by Wayne Wang, THE JOY LUCK CLUB paved the way for decades of Asian American films including last year’s summer hit, CRAZY RICH ASIANS. […]

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