Monday, May 30, 2016

Classical Chinese Dance from Yin Tang

Yin Tang introduced the 3 Rays of Heaven classical Chinese Dance based on a story about a young fairy in heaven at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Sunday, May 29, 2016

OCA Dragon Dance Team at Cleveland Asian Festival

The OCA Dragon Dance Team in partnership with the Confucius Institute of Cleveland State University performed a Dragon Dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Another Tinikling Filipino bamboo dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Filipino teens in the group Three Stars and a Sun performed another traditional and modern tinikling (bamboo) dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/filipino/filipino.htm





Filipino teens bamboo dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Filipino teens in the group Three Stars and a Sun performed a traditional and modern tinikling (bamboo) dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/filipino/filipino.htm





More Martial arts routines at Cleveland Asian Festival

Youngsters from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed numerous martial arts routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  This is Part 2 of 2. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Martial arts routines at Cleveland Asian Festival

Youngsters from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed numerous martial arts routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  This is Part 1 of 2. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Little girls with fans dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Little girls with fans from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed a classical Chinese dance in bright costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Saturday, May 28, 2016

Welcome to AsiaTown, Welcome to Cleveland

Cleveland Asian Festival MC Wayne Wong and Cleveland Asian Festival executive board members Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, Vi Huynh, Deborah Yue, Mike Mendoza, Yin Tang and Siu Yan Scott welcome you to Asia Town and then to the city of Cleveland.  www.Cleveland101.com





Young man Martial Arts demo at Cleveland Asian Festival

Students from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed martial arts demonstrations at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Girls from Great Wall dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Young girls from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed a classical Chinese dance in bright costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Mascots Panda and Wushu dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Cleveland Asian Festival mascots CAF Panda and Wushu the Dragon danced with Miki Saito and others to the J-Pop (Japanese Pop) song Crazy at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm





Japanese video game song at Cleveland Asian Festival

Miki Saito performed her original arrangement of the song “The Scars of Time” from the Japanese video game “Chrono Cross” at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm





Koji plays his Bike Song at Cleveland Asian Festival

Koji from Osaka Japan sang and played his original song Bike and I on guitar, a tribute to riding his bike at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm







Grand finale of Rising Star Acrobatics at Cleveland Asian Festival

Chinese acrobatic dance students from Rising Star Acrobatics performed tumble and balance routines in very colorful costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Boulevard of 500 Flags and 9-11 Memorial

A walk through the Boulevard of 500 Flags and 9-11 Memorial in Eastlake Ohio just east of Cleveland.  There are plaques with names of many local veterans on these flags. The 9-11 Memorial includes actual wreckage from the World Trade Center, Pentagon and grass from Shanksville Pennsylvania.  There is also an eternal flame.





Very colorful Chinese ladies dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Very colorful ladies dance from Rising Star Acrobatics at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Friday, May 27, 2016

Rising Star Acrobatics at Cleveland Asian Festival

Chinese acrobatic dance students from Rising Star Acrobatics performed tumble and balance routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Rising Star Acrobatics at Cleveland Asian Festival

Chinese acrobatic dance students from Rising Star Acrobatics performed tumble and balance routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Sho Jo Ji Japanese Dancers at Cleveland Asian Festival

MC Lynna Lai spoke with Sho Jo Ji Japanese Dancers leader Beverly at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  Sho Jo Ji first performed in 1956.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm





Mongolian Dance – Teenagers and their riding boots

Dancers from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a Mongolian dance called Teenagers and their riding boots at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Contemporary Chinese dance – 5 young girls in helmets

Young girls dance from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a contemporary dance wearing car helmets at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Martial Arts demo – Be a Man – at Cleveland Asian Festival

Young boys and girls from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) demonstrated various martial arts with swords and other instruments at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





A Little Orchid CCCCA dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

5 young girls dance from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed the A Little Orchid dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Butterfly Lover’s Concerto dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

2 young ladies from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) danced the Butterfly Lover’s Concerto at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





2nd Chinese Children’s Song at Cleveland Asian Festival

7 young girls in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) sang a second traditional Chinese children’s song at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Thursday, May 26, 2016

K-Pop Rocks the House at Cleveland Asian Festival

K-Pop Rocks the House at Cleveland Asian Festival

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2016

Cleveland, OH – Thousands of people visited the Dragon Stage at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) to watch the finals of the K-Pop competition. 

In prior weeks, local dancers submitted their best mashups of popular K-Pop dance routines and people voted for finalists via social media.  Saturday afternoon, the final dance off took place.

K-pop (short for Korean pop) has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Originating in South Korea, it covers a range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electropop, R&B, and hip-hop music.  Five finalists were chosen to compete in the finals at the Cleveland Asian Festival for a $2500 grand prize.



The seating area filled up quickly and standing room only crowds encompassed the stage.


 CAF entertainment coordinator Yin Tang said “It was great seeing so many in the audience singing along to the songs as the dancers performed.”




The judges included music and dance industry leaders and even a priest, Father Sung-Woong Lee, who comes from South Korea.  The cheering of the audience played a part in the decisions but it was the opinions of the expert panel that determined the winner. 

The Grand Champion of the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival K-Pop competition, and winner of the $2500 grand prize, was Chakai.  2nd Place was awarded to Abracadabra Productions and 3rd Place went to Gizibe.  Congratulations to all the competitors and the winners.


About the Cleveland Asian Festival

The Cleveland Asian Festival is an annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May in Cleveland’s Asiatown neighborhood. The Cleveland Asian Festival is a landmark undertaking to unite the community through collaboration and recognition of its culture, diversity, and people. A record crowd of 45,018 attended the 6th annual Cleveland Asian Festival in 2015.

The 2017 Cleveland Asian festival will be held May 20 and 21, 2017 on Payne Ave. between E. 30th St & E. 27th S. 
http://clevelandasianfestival.org

The Cleveland Asian Festival is made possible from these major supporting sponsors: JACK Cleveland Casino, Asia Plaza, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland Public Power, ImageLab Media, Cuyahoga Community College, InHealth Ohio Nonprofit Mutual Insurer, KeyBank, Nationwide HealthCare, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Third Federal Bank, University Hospitals and
many others.

Contact

Johnny Wu, johnny@mdifilm.com
1419 East 40th Street Cleveland, OH 44103
Office: 216.539.4634



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CCCCA Chinese Children’s Song at Cleveland Asian Festival

7 young girls in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) sang a traditional Chinese children’s song at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Cosplay community says Welcome to Cleveland

Yin Tang led some of the Cleveland Cosplay community in a welcoming greeting - Welcome to Cleveland - at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival. www.Cleveland101.com





CCCCA Dance from Mongolia at Cleveland Asian Festival

Young girls in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a traditional Mongolian dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/mongolian/mongolian.htm





CCCCA Chinese Children’s dance - Summer Lotus Pond

Youngsters in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a traditional Chinese children’s dance called Summer Lotus Pond at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  Don’t miss the cute hopping frogs. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





CCCCA traditional Chinese dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

3 ladies in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a traditional Chinese dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chinese flute from CCCCA at Cleveland Asian Festival

MC Lynna Lai introduced the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  The first act was a Chinese flute performance.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Sree Mayuri Dance Academy at Cleveland Asian Festival

Kalyani Veturi, Founder and Choreographer of Sree Mayuri Dance Academy - Center for Indian Dances introduced her students who had just performed classical Kuchipudi dance at the Cleveland Asian Festival. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Prayer to Lord Krishna Kuchipudi dance

Kalyani Veturi, Founder and Choreographer of Sree Mayuri Dance Academy - Center for Indian Dances introduced one of her students who performed a Prayer to Lord Krishna classical Kuchipudi dance. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Prayer to Lord Ganesha classical dance

Kalyani Veturi, Founder and Choreographer of Sree Mayuri Dance Academy - Center for Indian Dances explained that Kuchipudi is an Indian classical dance popular all over South India.  She introduced 3 of her students who performed a Prayer to Lord Ganesha classical dance. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi at Cleveland Asian Festival

Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi spoke at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  He is the first Ohio mayor of Filipino heritage.  Mayor Falconi then posed with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in a CAF hashtag frame.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian/2016/cleveland-asian-festival.htm







Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chinese Lion Dance at 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival

The Kwan Family Lion Dance team kicked off the 7th annual Cleveland Asian Festival with a traditional Lion Dance.  Here are some highlights. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Mayor Frank Jackson at Cleveland Asian Festival

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival and presented co-founder Lisa Wong with a proclamation from the City. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian/2016/cleveland-asian-festival.htm





Nepalese Dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The last solo dance from a member of the Nepali American Organization of Ohio at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/nepal/nepal.htm





Panda Mascot at Cleveland Asian Festival

MC Wayne Wong introduces the mascot CAF Panda  #caf2016 at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian/2016/cleveland-asian-festival.htm







Culture behind the Chinese Lion Dance

Cleveland Asian Festival MC Wayne Wong explains the culture behind the Lion Dance before the Kwan Family Lion Dance performance.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Monday, May 23, 2016

Dance from Nepali American Organization of Ohio

Solo dance from a member of the Nepali American Organization of Ohio at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/nepal/nepal.htm







Nepali traditional folk dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Nepali traditional folk dance from Lincoln West High School students at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/nepal/nepal.htm





Chinese Flute Solo at Cleveland Asian Festival

A young lady from the Pittsburgh Chinese School performed a flute solo at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Traditional Chinese dance about Spring

Traditional Chinese dance about Spring from young ladies from the Pittsburgh Chinese School at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Last Hmong dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The fourth and last traditional Hmong dance in beautiful costumes by Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm





3rd Hmong dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The third traditional Hmong dance in beautiful costumes by Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm





Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hmong dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The second traditional Hmong dance in beautiful costumes by Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm







Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers

Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, performed traditional Hmong dances in beautiful costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm







Cleveland Asian Festival 2016 Executive Board

MC Wayne Wong introduced the Executive Board of the Cleveland Asian Festival: Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, Vi Huynh, Deborah Yue, Mike Mendoza, Yin Tang and Siu Yan Scott.  #caf2016







Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ambassador Richard Armitage – Is the US in decline?

Ambassador Richard L. Armitage, former deputy secretary of state (2001-2005) and president of Armitage International was the keynote speaker at the Case Western Reserve University Center for International Affairs International Achievement Dinner.

Ambassador Armitage said he is always asked two questions: Are we in decline? And is the world in a mess?   He answered both questions.


More photos and video



Alan Freed Jr. at memorial event in Cleveland

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.  Alan Freed Jr., the baby of the family, shared stories of his father and family. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/







Lance Freed at Alan Freed memorial event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.
 A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.  Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced Lance Freed who shared stories of his father and family.
http://www.clevelandpeople.com/