Festival Highlights Asian Diversity and Fosters Greater Understanding

Taking place for the first time at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Md after spending the first nine years in Northern Virginia, the 10th Annual Asian Festival got off to a great start today. The free event takes place tomorrow as well.

With mini-villages featuring the cultures of India, China and the Philippines, two stages of ongoing cultural and music performances, over 35 authentic food vendors and a wide array of handicrafts and artifacts, festival goers couldn’t help but to absorb all that is good about Asian heritage. There were also many vendors as well as informational booths for those wanting to learn more about the various countries.

Each year, the festival aims to promote a greater understanding of Asian countries and their cultures to the general public. It continues to grow each year in popularity. The move to Rosecroft did nothing to slow that growth.

Kriselda Valderrama, who represents Prince George’s County in Maryland’s House of Delegates, welcomed the festival to Maryland and in particular PG County.

“I know the times we’ve been going thorough this year there’s been a lot of negative and a lot of sad stories out there but, I think this Asian festival brings a breath of fresh air that we need sorely,” Valderrama told the audience during opening ceremonies. “This year we’re also commemorating the 150th year of the Lincoln’s Emancipation of Proclamation which we obviously know has freed the slaves but it also paved the way for equal rights for Americans of Asian dissent. I think we should also commemorate that as well.”

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