The 6th Annual Asian American Festival kicks off Monday,
May 17th at noon on Daley Plaza

Chicago, May 11, 2004

The 6th Annual Asian American Festival kicks off Monday, May 17th at noon on Daley Plaza. Join State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine, Asian consulates and other dignitaries for the ribbon cutting and opening ceremonies. In cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Special Events and the Asian American Coalition of Chicago, the opening of the week long festival will include cultural performances, a fashion show and various booths serving Asian cuisine and Asian inspired curios and souvenirs.

The weak-long festivities will feature cultural performances each day from noon to 2:00 p.m., each day showcasing an eclectic mix of cultural pieces featuring popular Asian groups performing Taiko drumming, Lotus dancing, Bharatnatyam and many other exotic routines. Thursday is Chicago Public School Day when students of all races and nationalities highlight their many talents.

Several product vendors will sell a wide variety of eastern treasurers, including fresh water pearl jewelry, bamboo plants, clothing and other decorative products. Additionally, food vendors will be on hand serving a wide sampling of Asian cuisine. The product and food booths are open from 10a.m.- 6p.m. daily.

The activity tent will feature unique ways for visitors to experience firsthand Asian customs, such as mehndi, sari and turban tying, and Korean and Chinese calligraphy. The State Treasurer's Office will be conducting a Cash Dash, a free search for Unclaimed Property for all Illinois residents. Other governmental offices will be present to answer constituent questions and promote free services and programs.

There are over 50 different Asian ethnic communities; over 13,700 Asian Americans in the Chicago Public Schools; over 188,000 Asian Americans in the Chicagoland area; and roughly 20,000 Asian American owned businesses in Chicago.

The ASIAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL focuses on sharing the rich and diverse culture of Asian Americans by recognizing Asian American contributions, showcasing local Asian American talents and highlighting Asian ethnic cuisine.

Contact: Nadja Lalvani 630.886.0914
Press RSVP's may go to: Irene Cualoping @ or 312.635.0888