Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The YMCA of Greater Seattle will celebrate, highlight and honor the many contributions of Asians & Pacific Islanders (API) for Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage month.

In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which annually designated May as Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APIHM). This month was chosen to commemorate both the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad –which was predominantly build by Chinese immigrants on May 10, 1869.

May

API Heritage Month

  • Saturday, May 4th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    • Lion Dance and Martial Arts Performance: The lion dance is a traditional form of dance in China and other Asian countries where performers attempt to mimic the movements of a lion. The dance is usually performed during Lunar New Year’s celebrations, but can also be found at other cultural festivals or occasions of significance such as a business opening or wedding. Directly following the Lion Dance performance there will be a martial arts performance.

      Snoqualmie Valley YMCA – 35018 SE Ridge St, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

  • Sunday, May 5th 11:45am-5pm

  • May 6th 11am-12:30pm

    • Experience Tea – Discovery Class: Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world. In this class we will taste five to seven teas and learn how tea is grown, processed, and it’s fascinating history.

      Coal Creek Family YMCA; 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd Newcastle, WA 98059

  • May 7th 9:30am-1:30pm

    • Community Excursion – Custom Tea Blending Workshop: Enjoy a fun and interactive workshop to create your own personal tea blend. You will begin by tasting four “background” base teas and discuss the basics of blending then set you free to blend your creation using tea, spices, herbs and botanicals. At the end, you will package 2 ounces and take it home with you.

      Coal Creek Family YMCA; 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd Newcastle, WA 98059

  • Saturday, May 11th 1pm-3pm

    • Asian Pacific Islander Performing Arts Event: Come celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with us! Enjoy the following performances: Hula and Hawaiian Chanting Performance - Na Hula 'O Hali'a Nani, Cambodian Dance Performance – Classic Cambodian and Folk Dance Northwest, Laotian Traditional Dance – Kouthong Family. Light snacks and treats will be provided! (While supplies last.)

      Central Washington University (Sammamish) - 120 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074 (GYM: Entrance at back of building, door labeled YMCA)

      Hosted by the Sammamish Community YMCA, Coal Creek Family YMCA, and Bellevue Family YMCA

  • May 13th 11am-12:30pm and May 21st 6pm-7:30pm

    • Adult Cooking- Wonton Making Class: Participants will learn a brief history of the origins of the wonton, learn how to make pork wontons using an easy, accessible recipe and will taste them.

      Coal Creek Family YMCA; 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd Newcastle, WA 98059

  • Monday May 13th 6:30pm-8pm

    • Odissi Workshop: Douglas Ridings is an experienced Yoga dancer and instructor who has taught young people throughout our region in Yoga of Physical Arts. He will be leading a workshop showcasing the classical dance form of Odissi. Odissi is a form of classical Indian dance from the state of Odisha in Eastern India. Through the use of Mudras (hand gestures), Bhangis (stances), Abhinaya (expression) and foot rhythms, this form of dance brings to life the forms found in temple sculptures and themes of Indian Mythology. It is claimed by some scholars to be the oldest surviving dance tradition in the world.

      Sammamish Community YMCA - 831 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

  • Saturday, May 18th 5:15pm-6:45pm

    • Hatha Yoga Workshop: Douglas Ridings is an experienced Yoga dancer and instructor who has taught young people throughout our region in Yoga of Physical Arts. He will be leading a workshop showcasing the form of Hatha. Most forms of Yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.

      University Family YMCA - 5003 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

  • May 18th 4pm-7pm

    • Family Night- Celebrate the Culture of the Pacific Islander People: We will be hosting a special themed family night. Enjoy an evening with Pacific Islander food, performances and crafts. End the night right with a showing of Disney’s Moana.

      Coal Creek Family YMCA; 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd Newcastle, WA 98059

  • May 24th 12pm-2pm

    • Potluck: Enjoy an afternoon of cultural cuisine, community engagement and entertainment in celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

      Coal Creek Family YMCA; 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd Newcastle, WA 98059

  • May 29th 5:10pm

    • In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month we will be doing a walking tour of the International District and then heading to Kau Kau Barbeque for a fun community dinner together. Members are responsible for paying for their own dinner. We will be leaving the downtown lobby at 5:10pm to begin our walk.

      Meet at Downtown YMCA Lobby

  • Thursday May 30th 6pm-7:30pm

    • Odissi/Chhau Workshop: Douglas Ridings is an experienced Yoga dancer and instructor who has taught young people throughout our region in Yoga of Physical Arts. He will be leading a workshop showcasing the classical dance forms of Odissi and Chhau. Odissi is a form of classical Indian dance from the state of Odisha in Eastern India. Through the use of Mudras (hand gestures), Bhangis (stances), Abhinaya (expression) and foot rhythms, this form of dance brings to life the forms found in temple sculptures and themes of Indian Mythology. Chhau is a vigorous and athletic form of dance with roots in the martial arts and tribal cultures of Odisha. He will share the form known as Mayurbhanj Chhau. The signature dance of this form is "Nataraj" which depicts Shiva as both the King of Yogis and King of the cosmic dance of creation and destruction. The physical training is inspired by the movements of animals and daily work of village women and youths.

      Bellevue Family YMCA - 14230 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98007

  • Friday May 31st 6pm-7:30pm

    • Chhau Workshop: Douglas Ridings is an experienced Yoga dancer and instructor who has taught young people throughout our region in Yoga of Physical Arts. He will be leading a workshop showcasing the classical dance form of Chhau. Chhau is a vigorous and athletic form of dance with roots in the martial arts and tribal cultures of Odisha. There are 3 types of Chhau. He will share the form known as Mayurbhanj Chhau. The signature dance of this form is "Nataraj" which depicts Shiva as both the King of Yogis and King of the cosmic dance of creation and destruction. The physical training is inspired by the movements of animals and daily work of village women and youths.

      Coal Creek Family YMCA - 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd, Newcastle, WA 98059