Mar 23, 2020
“What does it mean to be Chinese? What does it mean to be American? Where is the balance?” asks Vivian Huang, Marketing Chair for the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month Celebration. Along with her, Peter Tsai, the festival producer, speaks to the history of API communities in Seattle and how the festival emerged alongside the official designation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May. Both guests were born and raised in Seattle. Despite the difference of time periods, Vivian and Peter share a common theme of feeling cultural support and belonging. They also acknowledge the challenge of honoring tradition inside and outside the festival, while striving to incorporate a contemporary experience.