To celebrate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Verizon Wireless generously supported two events last weekend. The May 21 concert tour featured famous Taiwanese artists Van Ness Wu and Evonne Hsu, as well as DJ Mike Relm. On May 22, the APA Heritage Bash featured Tim be Told among a vastly different crowd – a reflection of the diversity within the Asian culture.

To celebrate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Verizon Wireless generously supported two events last weekend. The May 21 concert tour featured famous Taiwanese artists Van Ness Wu and Evonne Hsu, as well as DJ Mike Relm. On May 22, the APA Heritage Bash featured Tim be Told among a vastly different crowd – a reflection of the diversity within the Asian culture.

The Friday night concert at Fremont Studio drew the attention of many Asian exchange students. The line outside the show started as early as an hour before doors opened. Amidst the Asian fans craving to witness some home-fashioned stardom, the overhead monitors displayed history of Asian American’s struggle in the US. In contrast to their younger first generation counterparts, the Asian Americans who arrived earlier had very different challenges in their time and they managed to stick together and built the Asian communities of today.

   

The Saturday party was preceded by the casual and funny Community Roast Awards. The invite-only crowd consisted mostly of young professionals who frequent local APA community activities. The award recipients are young and upcoming community leaders in the Seattle APA community.

The owner of Rytek Grafix, a multi-service and innovative design company, Ryan Catabay won the Free Spirited Award and is said to be most likely to get stranded on an island. My Tam Nguyen won the Most Inspirational Award for her apparent ability “to squeeze every dollar out of your wallet for a good cause”, according to friends. The Most Likely to Succeed Award goes to Joyce Pisnanont, the Manager for IDEA Space, a project by Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) to renovate and revitalize the International District. Joyce, called “the overachiever” by the award, ironically was not able to celebrate the APA Heritage with her peers that evening as she was on a well-deserved weekend vacation. The winners of the 3 awards were chosen by polls earlier this month, each award had 3 nominees.

   

The Roast Awards were followed by Tim Be Told concert, an up-and-coming indie pop band drawing elements from pop, rock, and soul. The quintet also happens to be overwhelmingly Asian.

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