For the fourth year in a row, McDonald’s New York Tri-State and Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) came together to present their annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at JHS 189 Daniel Carter Beard Junior High School in Flushing. Hosted by Ronald McDonald®, the program was attended by more than 400 students from KAFSC’s Hodori After School Program and featured various cultural performances, including a Korean drum dance and a Chinese yo-yo demonstration.
“These annual celebrations would not be possible without the help and support of the Korean American Family Service Center,” said Michael Sullivan, a McDonald’s franchisee with restaurants in Flushing. “McDonald’s is proud to support a program that celebrates the spirit of community and diversity in such a fun and engaging way.”
Performances at this year’s celebration included:
- Columbia University’s Chinese Yo-Yo Club – a student collective that aims to teach and showcase the curious art of the diabolo, also called the Chinese yo-yo. The group hosts performances, workshops and demonstrations across various campuses and events in the New York Tri-State area.
- NYU Asian Fusion Dance – New York University’s first pan-Asian cultural dance group. Their mission is to promote creativity and cultural expression by introducing students to the unique and diverse styles of Asian dance.
- NYU Bhangra – New York’s award-winning co-ed Bhangra team which is committed to learning and teaching the art of bhangra, a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of Southeast Asia. They have been competing nation-wide for nearly a decade.
- NYU Rhythmic Impulse (NYURI) – a traditional Korean drum troupe comprised of Korean American students from New York University. NYURI is dedicated to educating the public about the art of traditional Korean drumming through performances and workshops.
“The Korean American Family Service Center is honored to work with McDonald’s for the fourth year in a row to offer this wonderful program to our Hodori After School students,” said Mi Jung You, KAFSC Hodori Program Director. “This event allows our students to celebrate their heritage while also enabling them to learn about other cultures.”