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City and LO for LOve organize event at Millennium Plaza Park with speakers, performers.

COURTESY PHOTO: DAVE ARPIN - The city of Lake Oswego and LO for LOve host celebratory event to honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.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.COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID ARPIN - Lake Oswego City Council President Daniel Nguyen is a key player in organizing the AAPI event.

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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