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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.
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Amy Wong Mok
President & CEO

What can we do for you?
We endeavor to serve as a focal point to facilitate the sharing of culture between the Asian American community and the Austin community at large. The Asian Americans are a diverse people with a rich cultural heritage from the many countries of Asia. We want to celebrate the Asian American experience in Austin by offering, sponsoring and organizing a variety of events and functions including the annual Lunar New Year Festival, the Austin Dragon Festival and Boat Race and Harvest Moon Festival. We offer space at our Center for Taichi class, the Japanese and Hawaii Dance classes. We also provide free ESL and citizenship classes for new immigrants to help them become more proficient in the language and transition in the new culture of their adopted country. We strive to provide a familiar and comfortable environment for the community to come together and enjoy the richness of both the East and the West.


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 9th Annual Austin Asian Occasion
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
The Winners' Concert
An Evening of "Classical Music Appreciation"
To Benefit "Any Baby Can" Empowering Families So Children Can Succeed

We are happy to announce that our 9th Annual Austin Asian Occasion (AAO) on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Asian American Cultural Center to support the mission of "Any Baby Can" was a success. This year, the Winners of our 8th Young Musician Festival gave exceptional performances to benefit the mission of Any Baby Can.

It is our belief that "Under the Sky, We Are One Community". We are delighted to present "Any Baby Can" with $8,210 in checks and cash on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. We are looking forward to organize our 10th Annual AAO celebration to be held in 2017.

For more information: Press.

The 9nd Annual AAO (Austin Asian Occasion)
Celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Asian American Cultural Center presents
"Winner's Concert" of the 8th Young Musician Festival-Asian American Community Partnership Challenge Cup.
To Benefit "Any Baby Can"
To support families with babies who have challenging condition.

Admission: Ticket - $10 open seating
100% proceeds will go to "Any Baby Can"
Cash and check only at the door
Location: Asian American Cultural Center. 11713 Jollyville Road, Austin, TX 78759.

Program: program.
Poster: poster.

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.

The 18th Dragon Boat Festival and Races is covered by TWC News!

Mayor Adler will officiate the opening ceremony "Dotting the Eyes of the Dragon" at 10 a.m.

Admission: Free
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.
Poster: poster.

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 .

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.

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