Celebrate Asian culture this winter

Learn more about Asian culture at your library this winter. Discover Japanese Taiko Drumming, Chinese Calligraphy, Hmong Needlework and more. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Events

Japanese Taiko Drumming

Experience driving rhythms and movements inspired by martial arts. Taiko ("big drum" in Japanese) is a joyful and expressive way to experience Japanese American culture, move your body, and have a great time! You will also get a chance to play the drums. Collaborator: TaikoArts Midwest.

Tết/ Vietnamese New Year

Kick off the Year of the Mouse with Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota and Hoang Anh Dance Group by listening to Tết tales, learning lion moves, drumming, dancing along and playing traditional games. Feel free to attend in traditional clothing. Collaborators: Richfield Safety Department, Police Multicultural Advisory Committee, Phoenix Cove Adult Day Center.

Hmoob/Hmong New Year Celebration

The Hmong New Year typically follows the end of the harvest season in Laos. Celebrate the Hmong New Year with Hmong students in engaging history, arts and culture of the Hmong people. Celebrations include dancing in traditional clothes, music, poetry reading, games and other entertainment. Feel free to attend in traditional clothing. Collaborators: Park Center Senior High School, Champlin Park High School - Hmong Club, Osseo Senior High School.

Chinese Calligraphy

Learn how to write Chinese characters in this interactive calligraphy lesson. Try using authentic ink and brushes, while also discovering the history and principles behind Chinese writing. Partner: Minnesota Taiwanese Cultural Services Center. Register online or Ask Us.

Taiwanese Paper Folding

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Taiwanese paper folding! Learn how to fold simple designs, or challenge yourself to create a moveable 3-D paper sculpture. Partner: Minnesota Taiwanese Cultural Services Center.

Introduction to Hmong Needlework (Paj Ntaub)

Open to anyone 10 years old and older. Discover the unique patterns and rich history of the Hmong paj ntaub (pa dao). You will be able to select your own sewing pattern and work on it with instructor Mandora Young. Materials provided. Register online or contact Chaleng at 612-543-6247.

Korean New Year

Kick off the Year of the Rat with Jang-mi Korean Dance & Drum of Minnesota and Korean Heritage House with traditional Korean dance and drum performances. Also learn about Lunar New Year celebrations. Feel free to attend in traditional clothing. Collaborators: Jang-mi Korean Dance & Drum of Minnesota, Korean Heritage House.