MINNEAPOLIS (March 6, 2011) – Asian Media Access hosted its lively and entertaining 6th Annual Lunar New Year Gala on a beautiful Sunday, March 6, at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown. The event celebrated Asian Media Access’ programs, services and activities, while bringing awareness and fundraising efforts for AMA’s Multimedia Arts Complex and its programs.
The Varsity Theater was transformed into a warm, intimate gathering space, beautifully decorated in red and accented with Chinese New Year’s symbols. The event drew many attendees, including Asian Media Access constituents, supporters, friends, family, and sponsors, as well as Asian Media Access board, staff, volunteers and Capital Campaign Committee members.
The celebration, hosted by MCs David Kang and Kazoua Lor, began with a rocking performance by a Asian Media Access’ youth rock band Scratch. Although the band has only been practicing for 1-2 years, their performance of original songs sounded like they have playing longer. After Scratch was a duet performed by Jeffrey Vang (Scratch guitarist) and his sister, Christy Vang, accompanying on vocals.
After the opening performance, a luncheon was served to the guests by the catering business, Asian Fondue Catering. Asian Fondue Catering is a newly formed company that seeks to give newly-arrived Asian immigrants and refugees viable and lasting employment. Using a hotpot cooking style ubiquitous in East Asia, Asian Fondue Catering provided a bountiful and delicious meal cooked in a way unlike anything found in Minnesota.
The entertainment during the luncheon was Asian Media Access’ youth videos and a collection of award-winning TV ads from across Asia. The combination of both the food and films was truly a feast for the senses.
The luncheon was followed by recognition of the tireless Asian Media Access staff, board, volunteers, and community partners. Kang and Lor presented AMA’s Special Community Partner award to Citizens Independent Bank (CIB), which was accepted by CIB employees Lambert Lum and Michelle Jones.
The afternoon’s festivity concluded with spoken word pieces by Asian Media Access youth members, Dennis Vang and Phillip Latu, pondering the meaning behind their names, and traditional Asian dance performances by Asian Media Access’ dance groups. The Ocean Dance Group performed a highly kinetic yet adorable dance to the delight of the audience.
The Ocean Dance Group was followed by Hmong Heroes, who demonstrated their martial arts prowess and physical strength as they chanted, flipped, and danced their way around the stage. Lastly, the Sunshine Dance group performed a well-choreographed and beautiful dance that heralded a thunderous applause from the guests.
Other highlights of AMA’s 6th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration were the silent auction and a live auction for a money tree provided by CIB, both which resulted in raising much excitement and funds.
As the afternoon drew to a close as Kang and Lor made an emotional appeal to urge people to generously support Asian Media Access and to help raise funds for the Multimedia Arts Complex and its programs in media arts, media and technology-based services.
For more information about Asian Media Access and/or the AMA Media Arts Complex, please go to www.amamedia.org or call 612-376-7715.
This article was submitted by David Kang, Special Project Director for Asian Media Access, at [email protected].