Alameda, CA – The 4th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Cultural Festival will return to Alameda’s South Shore Center, Sunday, May 18, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm.
Headlining the entertainment will be Patrick Landeza, renowned Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist, winner of the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award, author and chef. Come and listen to his music and stay for a personal book reading with Patrick.
Additional performances by: Buk Sing Lay Fut, Intensity Martial Arts, Okinawan Dance Academy, Halau Makana, Patty Chu’s Chinese Dancers, Ger Youth Center, China Spirit, Ukelele by Barbie Wong and Michael Sea. With the Alameda’s first ever new Asian Noodle Speed-slurping contest between Alameda’s Fraternal Order of Eagles 1076 and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1015.
They are featuring an Asian Noodle Cook-off between local Asian restaurants with special guest judges. The public will be able to purchase ticket to taste and vote for their favorite noodle concoction.
Proceeds will benefit American Legion Alameda Post 9 and the American Legion District 8 Council’s Veterans Success Center.
In celebration of Memorial Day, David Louie of ABC7 News will help honor five (5) women veterans:
Lt Colonel Helen L. Wong, US Army (retired) is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army’s Medical Corps, and was recalled to serve during Desert Storm, our first Gulf War between 1990 and 1991. As a veteran her volunteer efforts for a dozen different organizations including the American Legion, AmVets, Vietnam Veterans of America, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and several other organizations have been extraordinary. Wong was honored as the Outstanding Veteran of at the CAL-VET Women’s Conference in 2012.
Lt. Colonel Mimi Y. McEwing, Battalion Commander with the California National Guard where she also serves as a linguist with the 223d MI Battalion. She is a staff officer with the Department of Homeland Security with an office in Oakland, CA.
Clinical Specialist Chris Bush, who was M-16 qualified and served honorably as Clinical Specialist (Nurse) for the US Army. She currently is active in the OCA, a national Asian American civil rights advocate organization.
Commander Vivianne Louie, US Coast Guard, Branch Chief, Investigations and Inspections Branch, Eleventh Coast Guard District, Alameda, CA
Spec 4 Kang Young Kye, California National Guard, is an automated logistics specialist who is now serving with the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion, San Francisco, CA which provides linguistic and other substantive support to the US Army.
With special recognition to: WWII Veteran and POW Corporal Eddie Fung from San Francisco whose courage and heroic actions saved the lives of many colleagues in the US Army who were under torturous conditions building the Burma – Siam Railway which was 262 miles long and included the Bridge over the River Kwai.
The event is sponsored by: Coca-Cola, FH Dailey Chevrolet, Alameda Hospital, BART, xfinity, Bank of Marin, Chinese American Heros, PG&E, EBALDC, US Bank and FOX-KTVU.