Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebration

Event Details

May is National Asian-Pacific Heritage month, and to celebrate Rhode Island College will host an Asian-Pacific American Dance Festival and Community Leadership Awards event to recognize Rhode Island’s Asian-Pacific leadership and community on Tuesday, May 13th.

The event will be sponsored by the Laotian Community Center of RI, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Rhode Island College.

The dance festival will feature a rich and wide array of forms ranging from Asian and Pacific classical and traditional forms to contemporary forms that blend Asian-Pacific Islander and western dance.  Performers will include the Cambodian Society Dancers; Master artist Song Heng and band; Laotian Dancers; Indian Association Dancers; Korean Dancers; Polynesian Dancers; and Everett Dancers (an Asian Hip Hop group).

The awards ceremony will recognize the following community members:

James Viengkhone Phommasith, President, Lao Association of RI

Samnang Becker, President, Cambodian Society of RI

Subhash Chandler, President, India Museum and Heritage Society

Hiromi Lima, President, RI Japan Society, Language and Cultural Center

Luyi Shao, Director of the Chinese RI Kung Fu Club

Chanravy Proeung and Sarath Suong, Co-Directors of (PrYSM) Providence Student Youth Movement

Yee Heu, Pastor of Hmong Evangelical Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance

Channavy Chhay, Executive Director of the Center for Southeast Asians

Ting Barnard, Chairperson of Providence Mayor’s Southeast Working Group

Lily Phommachanh, President, Asian Student Association of Rhode Island College


The event will take place in Roberts Hall at RIC, 6:30pm. The event is free; tickets can be reserved online at



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