CHICAGO (Jan. 7, 2014) — The Asian American Coalition of Chicago is pleased to announce it will host its 31st Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, “Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling” on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont.
The Japanese American Community will, for its fourth time, host the Lunar New Year Celebration. Cocktail reception begins and silent auction and exhibits open at 5 p.m.; ballroom doors open at 6:30 p.m., opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m., entertainment and awards ceremonies until approximately 9:45 p.m.
An event held on this grand of a scale only once a year, AACC’s Lunar New Year Celebration is traditionally the single largest organized annual event in Chicago’s Asian American community. According to the 2010 Census, the Asian Pacific American population in Illinois numbers approximately 586,934, or 4.6 percent of the statewide population.
Every year a different Asian community takes turn playing host of the Lunar New Year gala. This year it is the Japanese American Community, which has thrice before (1990, 1998 and 2006) held the gavel for the Asian Pacific American community’s most important event of the year. The 2014 Host Community Partners include: the Chicago Japanese American Council; the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society; Heiwa Terrace; Japanese American Citizens League; the Japanese American Service Committee; Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago and Midwest Buddhist Temple.
“The Japanese American Community is honored to host the AACC’s 31st Annual Lunar New Year Celebration! We have chosen the theme, ‘Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling’ to challenge our limits and empower all Asian Americans to aspire to the top,” said Megan Nakano, 2014 Chair of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago. “We are excited for the opportunity to showcase the talent and accomplishments of Chicago’s Asian American community which are sure to awe and inspire,” she said.
Numerous dignitaries traditionally attend the festivities, including the Asian consular corps, elected and appointed governmental officials, political candidates, top business and corporate leaders, decision-makers and on-air talent at Chicago’s major media press outlets, and everyone who considers himself or herself a mover and shaker in and around, or for, the Asian Pacific American national movement.
The Coalition plans to award its Grand Asian American Sandra Otaka Memorial Award, its prestigious Pan Asian American Ping Tom Memorial Award – its highest award, its 2014 Exemplary Community Service Awards, and its Youth Who Excels Awards that evening.
The Coalition is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipient of the Coalition’s Grand Asian American Sandra Otaka Memorial Award, is The Hon. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Congresswoman (D-IL-09) . This award is periodically presented to a non-Asian Friend of the Asian American community.
The Coalition renamed its Grand Asian Award in 2010 after the late Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sandra Otaka. Jan Schakowsky was elected to Congress in 1998, after serving for eight years in the Illinois State Assembly. She is in her eighth term.
The Asian American Coalition of Chicago is pleased to announce that CW Chan, Chairman of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), of Chicago, Illinois, has been named the 2014 Pan Asian American Ping Tom Memorial Awardee. The Coalition renamed its Pan Asian Award in 1996 after the late legendary Chicago civic leader Ping Tom.
Ping Tom was also one of the original founders of the Asian American Coalition. CW Chan is also Co-Founder and Past President of the Chinese American Service League (1978-1986); Past Chairman and Past President of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce; and Past Chair of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago (1998 and 2003).
Program highlights include Tsukasa Taiko, directed by Tatsu Aoki, is a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and in residence at JASC, offers taiko drum instruction, education, and performances.
Tsukasa Taiko maintains an active, national performance schedule and has presented its works at major venues including Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park, as well as the Smithsonian, the Indiana State Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens. It collaborates regularly with its sister taiko ensemble, Gen Taiko of San Francisco.
For more information on Tsukasa Taiko please visit www.tsukasataiko.com .
The February 22, 2014 AACC Lunar New Year performance will be a special work featuring Grandmaster Shunogj Fujima, a Japanese classical dance.