Welcome to the Asian American Cultural Center!
Our mission is to provide the facilities, expertise and unique
space for the sharing of culture between the East and the West
in the American Experience. Thank you and enjoy exploring!
- Amy Wong Mok, President
What can we do for you?
We hope to enlighten your community by exposing the diverse
people of Austin to the Asian and Asian-American Experience in
the United States. We achieve our goals by holding functions
such as the annual Lunar New Year Festival, sponsoring the
Austin Dragon Boat Race, and providing meals to the elderly in
the Asian American Community. We provide an environment in which
those of different ethnicities can come together and enjoy both
the East and the West. Our newsletter also contains general news
about all Asian-American events in the Austin, TX area.
Year Round Children's Programs
The Magic Dragon Program
We offer different age groups' classes: 2-11 months,
12-17 months, 18-23 months, 2-3 years, Pre K: 4-5 years.
After School Program
For children of grades K to 5 from 2:45 pm to 6 pm. Designed
to enhance students' ability to be more creative and
independent, also helping families as well as schools to teach
students to be more disciplined and focused.
Current/Upcoming Events & News
The 18th Annual Dragon Boat Festival and Races
The 2nd Annual Dumpling Festival & Competition
The 18th Annual Dragon Boat Festival and Races is coming to Austin on May 1, 2016.
Come watch the spectacular 40-foot long boats racing to recreate a two-thousand year old
Chinese tradition on Austin's beautiful Lady Bird Lake.
Saturday - all Activities Cancelled due to Bad Weather!
Mayor Adler will officiate the opening ceremony "Dotting the Eyes of the Dragon" at 10 a.m.
Location: Festival Beach, northeast corner of Lady Bird Lake & IH35.
Parking space is limited. Please take METRO bus Rte 21 & 22. Get off at Bus
Stop at Holly Street.
Please follow parking and biking signs on site and avoid parking in the neighborhood.
The Festival is partially funded by the City of Austin Economic Development/Cultural Arts Division
and is supported by both public and private agencies and corporations.
Press Release: press release.
Updated Program: program.
The 8th Young Musicians' Festival Competition and Asian American Community Partnership Challenge Cup |
Competition result can be download here.
Flyer and Application Form can be downloaded here .
2016 Year of the Monkey Celebration
Asian Cultural Dances, Music, Martial Arts Performances, Lion Dance, Calligraphy, Traditional New Year Foods and Children’s Activities
Location: Asian American Cultural Center. 11713 Jollyville Road, Austin, TX 78759.
More Information Can be Download Here: Program, Flyer
The upcoming Lunar New Year will fall on Feb. 8. It is the beginning of the Year of the Fire Monkey. According to the Chinese Zodiac, Monkey is a smart, naughty, resourceful and vigilant animal. Maybe it is also the reason that we often see the image of the three monkeys: one covering its mouth with its hands, one covering its eyes and one covering its ears. The image of the three monkeys signifies the Confucian moral precept: that one should select properly what to say, what to see and what to hear.
Judicious selection, with the guidance from parents and teachers, is particularly important in our formative years; it will help form our value system and tune our moral compass. The same moral precept also encourages us to continue to shape and strengthen our own moral character on account of our human frailty. In our effort to better ourselves and to expand ourselves to others, we learn to embrace our own strengths and weaknesses and to find the faith and conviction in our own humanity.
Just like the Monkey King in the classic fictional novel "Journey to the West" that is beloved by Chinese children, we live through our life's journey by maturing from a self-serving and mischievous Monkey King to a selfless protector of the Buddhist Monk who represents the Virtues.
I can still remember my first internship at "Jobs for Youth" in Boston. It is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help runaway children complete their GED, enroll in regular or trade colleges and become independent individuals. As an intern, part of my responsibilities was to compile a personal profile for each child and to prepare them for their graduation.
During the process, I had the opportunity and privilege to learn each of their life stories and, I must say that it was a most humbling experience for a young intern. Many of the graduates had gone through the most adverse conditions, and sometimes they were the consequence of their own wrong choices. The graceful thing is that all of the graduates managed to pull themselves up, with the support of mentors at "Jobs for Youth" and more importantly with their faith and conviction in themselves that it can be done. To me, it is the shining of the grace in our humanity.
To the monkeys in all of us, there is always the next step to go forward as we continue to make our life's choices. In the coming year, I hope that we shall take a more active role in speaking of kindness, looking for opportunities to offer our care and listening to the needs of others.
The 8th Annual Austin Asian Occasion |
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
A Showcase of Asian Cultural Dances & A Special Performance from
Zhejiang Provincial Cultural Center, China
To Benefit "Power For Parkinson's" to provide quality of life to people with Parkinson's
We are happy to announce that our 8th Annual Austin Asian Occasion (AAO) on Saturday,
May 30, 2015 at AISD PAC to support the mission of "Power For Parkinson's" was a great
success. This year, we were very fortunate to have the wonderful professional performance
from the renowned Zhejiang Provincial Cultural Center, China at our AAO finale celebration
for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event was a tremendous
community effort; with local Austin performers represented the different Asian cultural
performing arts, the members of different Asian organizations made great effort to promote the
event, and the staff of the AISD PAC, the AAO organizing team and many volunteers have
together contributed many hours to produce this wonderful event. The performance of the
members of "Power For Parkinson's" was both inspiring and touching. Together, we have
made a memorable celebration.
We are especially grateful to have Mayor Adler attend the event and issue a proclamation to
honor this special Occasion.
It is our belief that "Under the Sky, We Are One Community". We are delighted to present
"Power For Parkinson's" with $10,000 in checks and cash. We are looking forward to
organize our 9th Annual AAO celebration to be held in 2016.
For more information: Press.
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