The twice-postponed annual event reaffirmed the unity and optimism among the twenty-plus Asian American groups in the Charlotte region.

Celebrating Resilience

The 2021 Asian Festival & Dragon Boat Race

Best of Asian Performing Arts web2.pngOn a perfect October day, this twice-delayed event finally had its day at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius, the same venue where Asian Pacific Heritage Month of May has been celebrated since 2006. As in years past, our partners included Visit Lake Norman, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association.

The essential components of the festival experience provided a nexus of cultural interaction — cultural showcases of countries, authentic Asian street food booths galore, colorful, live stage performances, and a new Search for the Best in Performing Arts. Fewer teams than usual may have participated in the Dragon Boat Race due to the pandemic, but the racing was no less exciting. And the event welcomed two new visiting teams from Atlanta.

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While continuing to abide by North Carolina's COVID-19 guidelines, the event conveyed a message of hope and joy, and gave the AAPI community an opportunity to reconnect with friends and neighbors. The event also reaffirmed the unity and optimism among the twenty-plus ethnic groups in the region and their mutual support to overcome social prejudice toward the AAPI community. All in all, it was a highly successful festival on an absolutely gorgeous day.

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Festival Photo Gallery