Lake Oswego celebrates Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The city of Lake Oswego and LO for LOve — a local group that promotes diversity and a welcoming environment for all — organized a celebration in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
On Sunday, May 23, community members and elected officials — including Mayor Joe Buck, City Councilors Daniel Nguyen, Jackie Manz, Massene Mboup and Rachel Verdick, Lake Oswego School District Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Schiele, LOSD School Board member Neelam Gupta, State Sen. Rob Wagner and State Rep. Andrea Salinas — came together during the event to celebrate and honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The event featured speakers and cultural performances from Heart Strings Mandarin, White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance, and Hula Halau — a school of hula founded by Lisa Chang in 1998.
Heart Strings Mandarin is an early childhood music and movement program founded by Sharon Gan. The White Lotus Dragon & Lion dance was created in 2015 by young people who wanted to spread cultural awareness. The lion dance was traditionally used to scare away evil spirits and bring good fortune, while the dragon dance is performed by a team of dancers and is said to bring good luck to people.
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