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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Festivals & More 2015

APHAFIC (Ass'n for Preserving Historical Accuracy of Foreign Invasions in China) & UCSD Chinese Students & Scholars Ass'n commemorate 70th anniversary of victory of WWII, honor WWII vets, pay tribute to WWII victims: victims of Nanking massacre, 731 unit, Bataan death march, slave labor, comfort women; Sat 10/17, 2-5:30pm, UCSD Price Center, West Theater; Chinese chorus, folk dance, short documentary on WWII, posters, book sales on WWII history

UCSD School of Global Policy & Strategy's Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China & 21st c China Program forum on "Chinese State & Ethnicity: Multicivilizational Tensions", Mon 10/19 5-6:30pm, UCSD Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room: Speakers Naran Bilik, Fudan Univ; Dan Smyer Yu, Yunnan Minzu Univ, analyze evolution of Chinese state policy on ethnic diversity from global cultural perspective

JACL (Japanese American Citizens' League) invites you to OTSUKIMI (moonviewing) Sat 10/24 4-8pm Shelter Island by Yokohama Friendship Bell; bring chair or blanket or kite; koto, shakuhachi, sanshin, Japanese chorus, poetry reading by Rae Armantrout; telescopes c/o SD Astronomy Ass'n; suggested donation to JACL $10/attendee for Otsukimi package: cold soba, rice crackers, hot tea or water; children 5-12 & JACL members $5 donation

LAO BOAT RACING FESTIVAL brings colors of Lao traditions, passion of Lao boat racing to Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park, SD 92109, Sat 10/31 9am-4pm. Parade, food, performances! Register your team today; deadline 10/19.Qs Pida 9493226442, Mimi 6193397362, Vong 8584149259, mekongboatracing@gmail.com

Brian Hu has spoken, Amy Fan has previewed: SD ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 130+ films, 15+ countries, 6 venues: Opening Thu 11/05 7pm Museum Contemporary Art SD Miss India America; centerpiece Seoul Searching Sun 11/08 6pm UltraStar; closing Made in Japan Fri 11/13 7pm MCASD; also conversation with Dr Ken Sat 11/07 3:10pm UltraStar; BuzzFeed Fri 11/06 5pm UCSD; focus on Kiju Yoshida - and more!

UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, UCSD Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies, Taiwan Academy LA, Taiwan Ministry of Culture co-sponsor TAIWAN FILM SHOWCASE, opening Fri 11/06 7pm UCSD Calit2 The Wonderful Wedding (Q&A with director Huang Chao-liang); Sat 11/07; Sun 11/08, including Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin 4:15pm

Community News 2015

PALSD (Pan Asian Lawyers SD) Mentorship Program applications open til 9/30; Qs email Mentorship Committee Chair Amy Hsiao Support@HsiaoLaw.com; application deadline 9/30; copies of application given to PALSD respective law student reps, also available at PALSD events

SD Chinese Historical Museum & Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative co-sponsor ASIAN PACIFIC HISTORIC DISTRICT WALKING TOURS every 2nd Saturday, 11am, $4 (includes Museum admission): explore Old Chinatown & the Japanese & Filipino neighborhoods in SDs old Stingaree red light district; RSVP by 3:30pm Fri 619.338.9888, www.sdchm.org

NARUWAN TAIKO Mondays 9/7-10/26 5:30-6:30pm Taiko basics beta (flat style), 6:40-7:40pm traditional techniques; Weds 9/9-10-28 5:30-6:30pm Taiko basics naname (slant style); 6:40-7:40pm piece practice; youth classes Sundays 4:30-6pm 9/11, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25; LLH Fitness Dance Studio, 11211 Sorrento Valley Rd, SD 92130, naruwantaiko.com

Congratulations, PALMA HOOPER (president of Southwest Center of Asian Pacific American Law; founding 1st president of SD Alliance for APIAs), SCAPAL & CEPA Net (SCAPAL & COPAO's joint program on Civic Education & Policy Advocacy) on year-long outreach & advocacy efforts to keep communities of interest together in Chula Vista, where APIs represent 15% of total population, & Filipinos are 80% of total APIs; Chula Vista's Final Districting Map includes District 3 where APIs represent 27.29% of total population, & District 4 where APIs are 20.94% of total population; District 3 elections are 2016, District 4 elections 2018

Congrats, WENDY MARUYAMA, recipient 2015 San Diego Art Prize for excellence in visual arts; SDSU professor Maruyama's works include The Tag Project, 120,000 recreated ID tags for every person of Japanese ancestry interned in US during WWII

SD Dragon Boat Alliance sends condolences to Singapore & SD's Singapore/ Malaysia Club on passing of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015). Just as Mr. Lee Kuan Yew founded modern Singapore, Singapore was founder of dragon boat in San Diego with its donation in 1983 of 3 dragon boats to the City of San Diego. SD dragon boat's roots in Singapore run deep, and we share Singapore's sadness.

API community, SDPD needs you! Join community-oriented SDPD as civilian or police officer. SDPD Multicultural Storefront works with API & African communities; mentors SD Asian Youth & East African Youth Org's. People & language skills a plus. link to SDPD
Mission Statement
San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans builds community through communication,collaboration & celebration of the cultural heritage & diversity of our Asian Pacific Islander American communities, and advocates for APIA rights & empowerment through service, education & philanthropy.
Alliance recognized for Excellence in "Cultural Heritage & Community Service"
The San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans was honored to receive the San Diego Filipino-American Humanitarian Foundation's Excellence Award for "Cultural Heritage & Community Service" at the Foundation's annual Historical Heritage Gala.
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San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2015 Race Results

OPEN Division

1st place: Sticky Rice Power (Khamp Thongrivong, Team Captain) [1st place Festivals 2015, 2014, 2013; 3rd place Festival 2012]
2nd place: #Still on the Boat (John Keomany, Team Captain)
3rd place: Squirtle Squad (Randy Phomsavanh, Team Captain)

MIXED Division

1st place: Shore Thang (Phill Souvanaphong, Team Captain)
2nd place: Storm Born Dragons (Justin Liu, Team Captain) [3rd place Festival 2014]
3rd place: Corazόn de Dragon (Raul Manangan, Team Captain)


1st place: Toreros (William Dow, Team Captain)
2nd place: Team Tritons (Val Chen, Team Captain)
3rd place: Four Seas (Rui La, Team Captain)

SDDBF 2015 Race Results
San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2015 Teams


Central Coast SurviveOars
Pan Pac Warriors
QDragon Dual
Squirtle Squad
Sticky Rice Power
#Still on the Boat


Central Coast SurviveOars
Corazόn de Dragon
Desert Dragons
Musing Dragons
Pflying Pfish
Shore Thang
SingMa Dragons
Storm Born Dragons
Team Rx Liberty
Team Taiwan


Four Seas
Team SwirIEEE
Team Tritons
Festival 2015 Schedule
- Teams begin arriving 7 am at Festival site: Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park, 1740 East Mission Bay Drive, immediately south of the Hilton
- Stake out spot for team tent, usually on grass along shoreline
- Bring canopy/tent for team, blankets, chairs, water, snacks.. Festival has great vendors!
- Team captain registers at Alliance registration tent (by blue gazebo)
- Alliance registration team checks that teams have Team Registration Form on record and paid fees
- Team captains hand in Team Roster and Waiver Forms
- Team captains issued wrist-bands for team members
- Captains' Meeting 8 am in blue gazebo

- OPEN and COLLEGE/YOUTH Division races to be run in 2 groups: 4, 3. Seeding, semi-finals, finals
- MIXED Division races to be run in 3 groups: 4,4,3. Seeding, quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals
- Random drawing at 8 am Captains' Meeting to determine placement in 1st seeding heats in each Division

- UCSD Dragon Boat coaches instruct new teams: teams request instruction by marshaling area

- Paddlers with own dragon boat paddles and Coast-Guard-approved pfds, please use own paddles and pfds
- Festival provides paddles and pfds for paddlers without own paddles and pfds: please take care of Festival equipment; return after every race

- Opening Ceremony 9 am
- Blessing of dragon boats and paddlers by Hsi Fang Temple
- Dotting of dragons' eyes to wake them so they can race
- Races begin 10 am
- Seeding, semi-finals, finals 10am-4pm
- Awards Ceremony 4 pm: Trophies and awards to top 3 teams in each Division: Open, Mixed, College/Youth
- Festival close 5 pm
- Grounds cleared by 7 pm

Notes from City of San Diego Mission Bay Park park rangers:
- No driving on turf
- No parking along red curbs
- No dogs, no beer or other alcohol

San Diego Dragon Boat Festival brings the best of dragon boat to San Diego, America's Finest City: as representatives of the dragon boat community, let's all work together to make 2015 a great Festival! Thanks! See you!
Race Schedule -- Race Grid -- Next Heat
Festival 2015 Performing Arts
(Times subject to change)

11:30 am Heali`i's Polynesian Revue
12:00 pm Khmer Dance Troupe
12:30 pm Moonlight Chinese Dance Group
1:00 pm Naruwan Taiko
1:45 pm Mariposa Dancers
2:00 pm Wat Lao Buddharam of San Diego
2:30 pm Udita Dance Academy
3:00 pm Korean Traditional Drum and Dance

From Congressman Scott Peters, member of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
:      Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented to San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans in recognition of your 11th annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival

From County of San Diego Supervisor Ron Roberts:
     Proclamation honoring the San Diego Dragon Boat Festival: Be it proclaimed by Chairman Bill Horn and all members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on this 2nd day of May 2015 that they commend the San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans for outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to area residents, and do hereby declare this day to be "San Diego Dragon Boat Festival Day" throughout San Diego County

From the City of San Diego Kevin L. Faulconer, Mayor:
     Special Commendation is hereby presented to San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans in recognition of your dedicated service and leadership in preserving the cultural heritage of the APIA communities

From City of San Diego Councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate:
     Proclamation of the City Council, City of San Diego, for and on behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby proclaim May 2, 2015, as "San Diego Dragon Boat Festival Day" in the City of San Diego
San Diego Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Race with the Dragons! San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance's SAN DIEGO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Sat 5/2, 9am-5pm, Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park, SD 92109: join community, corporate, academic teams from across SD County & beyond as they compete in international sport of dragon boat racing; performing artists on land; Asian foods; on both land & water, San Diego at its best!

Click for Team Registration Form
Click for Festival Team Waiver and Roster Form
Click for Festival U18 Team Waiver and Roster Form

Practice with San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance

Ready to race with the dragons? Schedule practices now with San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance. Email linda_alliance@yahoo.com for details.

Festival 2015 Sponsors
The San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance is grateful to San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, District 4, and the San Diego County Community Enhancement Program for the County's generous grant to the San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans and our San Diego Dragon Boat Festival.

The San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans gratefully acknowledges QUALCOMM Incorporated for its generous support of the Alliance for Alliance's mission and our San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance.


Festival 2015 Emcee Opening Ceremony

MICHAEL CHEN, Channel 10 News reporter
Festival Opening Ceremony
Southern Sea Lion Dance
Ceremonies to Bless the Dragon Boats and Dot the Dragons' Eyes
Hsi Fang Temple
Running the Dragon Boat Races

SD Dragon Boat Alliance
UCSD Dragon Boat
   Albert Liang, President
UCSD Dragon Boat alumni
   Chih Yin Kan, President
Alliance Race Advisors

Dr Howard Chen, President, International Culture Exchange Association; Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival; Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival

Mike Baker, Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival chief executive director

Gary Furukawa, US Dragon Boat Federation/ International Dragon Boat Federation race technical official

Stephanie Shao, Chief Official, Southern California Dragon Boat Club Safety and Steering Director
Festival 2015 Captains' Meeting

Patrick Lim, SD Dragon Boat Alliance, founder Montreal DragonFly, captain QDragon, QDragon Dual

Charles Tu, SD Dragon Boat Alliance, Race schedules and race grid
Festival 2015 Emcee Performing Arts

Pida Kongphouthone, SD Dragon Boat Alliance, Mekong Boat Racing Club
Festival 2015 Performing Artists
Heali`i's Polynesian Revue
Khmer Dance Troupe
Korean Traditional Drum & Dance
Mariposa Dancers
Moonlight Chinese Dance Group
Naruwan Taiko
Udita Dance Academy
Wat Lao Buddharam of San Diego
Production Coordinator
Chris Paffendorf, Pacific Arts Movement, SD Asian Film Festival Production Coordinator
Festival 2015 Food
Gabina's Cuisine, 13 1/2 Naples St, Chula Vista 91911; Linda Vista Farmers' Market Thurs 3pm-7pm; Kearny Mesa Farmers' Market
May's Kitchen Bab Lao Lao
At your favorite festivals and celebrations!
Alliance 2015 Board
David Cai, Michael Chapp, Pida Kongphouthone, Patrick Lim, Justin Liu, Duke Tran, Charles Tu, Linda Tu (President/Festival organizing committee chair)
Festival 2015 Volunteers

Shirley Eng, Alliance Registration/Sales Supervisor


John Bellora, Amelia Chu, John Eng, Jonathan Eng, Tara Hu, Fujiko Isomura, Ron Marquez, Shian-shi Yao
Festival 2015 Postcard
Kaii Tu Design
Trophies by North Park Trophy
Awards by Baker Blackman
T-shirts by Ron Oeding

SD Alliance for APIAs proudly sponsors dragon boat teams:
- APSAlutely
Donors food for volunteers
SD Dragon Boat Alliance
Sou Kongphouthone





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