We are a world of activities at Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Below are a few of our main activities that happen at the Center and around our community. Please feel free to scroll down and click on any of the active links and images to give you more information.
Interactive Cultural Workshops and Presentations
We offer hands-on workshops and presentations that teach about Asia Pacific art and culture. Our presentations are held at many different venues: the APCC building, K-12 schools, colleges, museums, senior living or retirement homes, private companies, agencies, military bases, and many others locations.
APCC celebrates the lunar new year with our largest annual event, the Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration. This community-based arts and culture exhibition features a different host country or culture each year. The day is filled with more than 20 exciting performances, cultural demonstrations and martial arts, culture and arts displays, authentic cuisine, and a variety of vendors and resource booths. This is APCC’s signature event held at the Tacoma Dome for over two decades, bringing thousands of people together to be immersed in the rich and diverse cultures of the Asia Pacific.
The Annual Samoa Cultural Day is a joyous and festive celebration of the Samoan people and the rich Polynesian heritage. After a colorful parade and the traditional Ava Welcome Ceremony, participants get to enjoy a variety of activities including village singing and chants, dances, cultural displays, arts and crafts, games, and authentic cuisine.
This Annual event runs in conjunction with the Samoa Cultural Day, promoting healthy and active living for our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community here in the Washington State.Obesity and diabetes have been a growing concern in the United States for a number of years and a catalyst for former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign in 2010. Data in a report released by the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum indicated roughly 1 out of 5 NHPI high school youth (20.4%) are obese (one of the highest percentages among all racial groups in the United States), and 1 out of 3 NHPI high school youth (33.5%) are likely to be overweight or obese. Washington NHPI's and APCC are continuing this campaign to bring health education and fitness activities to Pacific Islander youth and their families.
APCC’s Annual Polynesian Luau is held at the beautiful park grounds next to the APCC building. This event always features a delicious feast, live music, and traditional dances from the Pacific Islands. You can always feel the warmth and spirit of the islands when you come to our Polynesian Luau.
Chuseok means “autumn eve” in Korean, and is the name of the traditional harvest festival celebrated worldwide. APCC’s Chuseok Korean Festival includes a fun-filled day of Samulnori drum dances, paper lotus flower making, Korean musical instruments, delicious food, and lots of fanfare!
Join us for a fun and tasty culinary journey while you learn to cook traditional foods from different Asia Pacific countries.Our presenters will take you through the steps in preparing your dish, providing a recipe so that you can make it for your family or friends. Each month we feature a different country.
We are pleased to offer a rotating Asia Pacific art gallery at our building. We kick off each new exhibit with a Meet the Artist Reception for the community to talk to the artist and view the artwork for the first time.
Field Trip Visits
Schools and other children and youth organizations from throughout the state visit APCC to see the building, artwork, cultural artifacts, and participate in hand-on culture and arts demonstrations.
Cultural Tour of Asia Pacific Countries
We organize a group tour of different Asian or Pacific Islander countries each year. Our stops include visits to sites that have important cultural and historical significance. In recent years we have visited the beautiful countries of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Samoa, Philippines, and China.