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From traditional food to performances,  Lake Oswego High School's Asian American Student Union offers opportunity to connect with culture. 

The Lake Oswego High School Asian American Student Union will hold its first annual Asian Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 16.

ASSU was created in the fall of 2020 to amplify Asian American voices and provide a supportive community within the school district. The students planned the festival as a way to share and represent parts of their culture with the community.

"With this festival, we want to remind our Asian American neighbors that they belong in Lake Oswego. Especially with the rising anti-Asian hate crimes around the country, we feel it is necessary to provide our community with a space to get together, relax and have fun. When our Asian-American community members walk into the festival, we hope they find aspects of their culture reflected all around them. We have worked really hard to represent as many areas of Asian culture as possible," event organizer and AASU member Alicia Li said.

During the festival, attendees can sample food from different Asian countries supplied by local restaurants, including everything from bubble tea to sushi. They can also try a hand at activities like learning words from a new language or mixing Chinese medicine.

Admission to the festival is free, but due to limited space in the auditorium, attendees must purchase a $5 ticket to watch the 90-minute show that will feature various acts. The performances will include lion dancers, traditional musicians, martial arts performances, a fashion exhibit and more.

"We hope to give attendees a more global perspective and provide opportunities to our community to learn more about other cultures. In our event, we'll provide lots of activities, performances and food our community most likely doesn't get to experience in their daily lives. After the festival, we hope our neighbors find a new Asian restaurant or activity that they love," Li said.

If you go

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Performances start at 2 p.m.

Where: Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Road

Tickets: To buy tickets for the performance, visit asianfestivallo.com


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