Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Cultural Performances

May is national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Lan Su celebrates with exciting performances each weekend in May from local dance troupes and cultural organizations. 

All performances are included with Lan Su  admission or membership; no registration is required. 

Full Performance Schedule:

Saturday, May 6

Sunday, May 7

  • 1 p.m. — Sichuan Opera: The Art of Chinese Mask Changing

This performance received additional support from the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation.

Saturday, May 13

  • 1 p.m. — Thai Association of Oregon
  • 3 p.m. — Vancouver Jasmine Dance Troupe

Sunday, May 14

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Saturday, May 20

Sunday, May 21

Saturday, May 27

Sunday, May 28

About the Presenters

Saturday May 6 - Chinese Friendship Association of Portland (CFAP)

The Chinese Friendship Association of Portland is a non-profit and community-based organization dedicated to serving the interests and needs of the large Chinese community in the Portland metro area to enrich their personal and professional lives.

Sunday May 7 - Sichuan Opera: The Art of Chinese Mask Changing

Face-changing, or biàn liǎn in Chinese, is the most well-known sub-genre of Chinese Sichuan Opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They wear vividly colored masks which changes from one mask to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or a wave of the hand. The secret of the face-changing has been passed down from one generation to the next within families. Traditionally only males were permitted to learn face-changing, the theory being that women would marry out, increasing the risk the secret would be passed to another family. To this day, the secret of this art form are still closely held by modern-day masters; and authentic female face-changing performers are still considered rare.

Born and raised in the birthplace of Sichuan Opera—Chengdu, China, Yu Long is recognized as a national “Class II” top artist as well as the only female inheritor of face-changing in a national level by Chinese authorities. Graduated from the Sichuan Opera School, Long devoted the past 30 years of her life in performing, researching, and preserving face-changing, the dying art in traditional Chinese Sichuan Opera.

This performance received additional support from the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation.

Sunday May 7 - Eternal Arts Kung Fu

Located in Vancouver, WA, Eternal Arts Kung Fu is a traditional martial art studio teaching Mizong Luohan Northern Shaolin and Fu Ba Gua. Mizong Luohan is an external style of Kung Fu, with distinct internal influences. It draws on many aspects of the external Northern Shaolin Long Fist style, and the internal styles T’ai Chi Ch’uan , Pa Kua Chang and Hsing I Ch’uan, which are often taught together in modern times. It is characterized by deceptive hand movements, intricate footwork, varied kicks, and high leaps. In execution, the style changes very quickly.

Sifu Eric M. Emert is a certified black belt instructor with Lee’s White Leopard Kung Fu & Tai Chi Association. Sifu Eric was a personal student of Grandmaster Johnny Kwong Ming Lee studying Mizong Lohan, Fu BaGua, and Wu TaiChi for 18 years. He was also a World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters – 4th Degree Instructor and 2009 ICMAC World Champion – Traditional Northern Forms 35+.

Saturday May 13 - Thai Association of Oregon

The Thai Association of Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of Thai Culture through education, public service and cultural performances. Since its inception in 1996, the organization has been best known for its signature performances of Thai classical dance at various charity events, retirement centers and festivals.

Saturday May 13 - Vancouver Jasmine Dance Troupe

The Vancouver Jasmine Dance Troupe, a Vancouver Washington State based dancing group, was founded ten years ago and has now become a locally popular ambassador promoting the depth and richness of Chinese culture. Their performances represent mainly Chinese dancing styles mixed with western ballet flair, and cover a wide variety of Chinese ethnic groups from Han nationality, Mongolian, Uygur, Tibetan, etc. they have been very active in participating various community and cultural events in the states of Washington and Oregon, such as Chinese Spring Festivals, Rose Garden Parades, Autumn moon Festival, etc. The members are all full time professionals in their own right and busy mothers as well; yet, such duties have not constrained them from their passion of dancing to exercise for better physical health and perform for more joy and fun in life. They will continue to create new dances, perform more, and contribute to the local societies in the years to come.

Sunday May 14 - Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani

Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani (The cherished ones of the yellow rose) is a hula halau (hula school) located in Aloha/Beaverton Oregon. Their purpose is to perpetuate and educate the community of the Hawaiian culture through song, dance, and language. In 2015 they celebrate their 6 year anniversary together and are so proud of what they've accomplished thus far! Ka LeiHali'a O Ka Lokelani is an affiliate of 'O.H.A.N.A. Foundation; non-profit organization encouraging and promoting education in Oregon and Hawai'i, and is an active member in the pursuit of continuing the mission of this organization. Every year Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani partners with 'O.H.A.N.A. Foundation for their annual hula exhibition, Mahalo lu'au, Malama ka 'Ohana, Health Fair and much more. Proceeds from these events help fund numerous educational scholarships and cultural workshops.

Sunday May 14 - Haiyan International Dance Academy

Haiyan International Dance Academy (HIDA) was founded by Haiyan Wu, who is currently a principal dancer at the Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland Oregon. Wu has previously danced as a principal dancer with several other prestigious ballet companies. The academy’s eminent dance instructors are all current or past principle dancers, and are passionate about the education of the dance art form. The academy is committed to provide high quality dance training to students at all levels.

Haiyan Wu was born in Beijing, China. Wu graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy with honors in ballet. She performed in Paris with the Le Jeune Ballet De France as a guest artist while studying ballet and after her graduation; she joined the National Ballet of China where she performed many leading roles.

Saturday May 20 - Portland Taiko

Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment. Formed in 1994 by Ann Ishimaru, Zachary Semke, and Japanese American community activists, Portland Taiko started with one homemade taiko and practice drums made from car tires.

Portland Taiko performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, offers classes and workshops, and conducts team-building workshops for businesses and community groups. To date, Portland Taiko has reached over 1 million audience members at over 1500 performances at theaters, schools, community events, and festivals.

Saturday May 20 - Kalabharathi School of Dance

Kalabharathi School of Dance is committed to promote and present Bharathanatyam, an ancient South Indian dance form, through instructional classes and professional performances. The school has a multicultural approach to their presentations, so that audiences of all backgrounds may experience and enjoy this rich classical dance form.

Sunday May 21 - One With Heart

Move through the world with confidence and clarity by training at One With Heart!

Sunday May 21 - Portland Chinese Dance Troupe

The Portland Chinese Dance Troupe (PCDT) was established in 2002 and has provided summer dance workshops every year lead by Artistic Director Julie Ding. PCDT is considered a recreational dance troupe and is dedicated to performing authentic Chinese cultural dances. PCDT has performed hundreds of times throughout the Portland metropolitan area for over the past ten years.

Saturday May 27 - UNIT SOUZOU

Portland’s newest professional taiko company, UNIT SOUZOU (pronounced “sohzoh”) is at the forefront of a growing artistic movement within the world-wide taiko community. With over 20 years of professional experience, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, co-directors of UNIT SOUZOU are relentless innovators known for their fusion of taiko and Japanese folk dance. 'Souzou' can be written in three ways meaning 'creation', 'imagination', or 'noisy’ alluding to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world. Inspired by these words UNIT SOUZOU focuses on building creative and imaginative works for the art form of taiko. In addition to creating groundbreaking theatrical works, UNIT SOUZOU is deeply committed to share taiko through teaching in schools, collaborating with the local community, and offering public classes. 

Saturday May 27 - Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon

The Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon teaches & performs classical and folk dances that originate from the beautiful kingdom of Cambodia. All ages are welcome!

Sunday May 28 - Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon

Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO) is comprised of members of the Indonesian community, and other interested people, who come together to celebrate the Indonesian culture through performing arts. Their amazing movements combined with their brilliantly-colored elaborate costumes have entertained Oregonians in locations such as the Oregon Coast to the capitol city of Salem, as well as their surrounding communities.

Sunday May 28 - Obukan Kendo Club

Obukan Kendo Club. Kendo, is the art of Japanese fencing. "Ken" or tsurugi is from the character meaning sword. The character for "Do" or michi includes the meaning way or path which translates as "The way of the sword". Kendo is the art of Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship. Learn more about the Obukan Kendo Club »

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support provided by the Collins Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Jackson Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation and US Bank Foundation. 

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