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AAPI Heritage Month Celebration

May 12, 2023, 3:00pm–7:00pm

Join us on Friday, May 12 in the afternoon to celebrate the AAPI instructors, educators, and cultural partners that collaborate with Bryant Park thoughout the year. Circle though the park and try your hand at different workshops and classes all afternoon and be sure to stick around for the evening showcase. All activities are open to all ages and are first-come, first-served.

Kung Fu Workshop

Friday, May 12, 2023
3pm - 3:45pm and 4pm - 4:45pm
Putting Green

Led by kung fu master David Fung from the New York Chinese Cultural Center, these family-friendly workshops give participants an excellent method of exercise and emphasize on learning basic stances, strikes, and techniques

AAPI Vinyl Listening Session with DJ GIRL WUNDER

Friday, May 12, 2023
3pm - 5pm
Eastern Gravel Lawn 

In partnership with MOCA, get down to the sounds with Vinyl Listening Session as DJ GIRL WUNDER plays a curated selection of AAPI historical and nostalgic records from MOCA’s permanent collections. Experience what it was like to party in NYC’s Chinatown in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s when DJs played strictly vinyl. Mandopop, Cantopop, Hokkien pop, Chinese folk – it’s a vibrant, joyful, inclusive listening party and true representation of NYC.

tai chi Class

Friday, May 12, 2023
4pm - 5pm
Upper Terrace

Bryant Park has partnered with CK Chu Tai Chi School for 20 years. Learn the basics of this traditional system of heath and self-defense, and improve harmony between body and mind. 


Friday, May 12, 2023
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Reading Room

Led by teaching artist Angela Lai from the New York Chinese Cultural Center, this family-friendly workshop demonstrates how to write/paint with an ink brush and to learn the relationship between ancient Chinese pictographs and their modern-day ideographs. 

Ribbon Dancing Class 

Friday, May 12, 2023
5pm - 6pm
Upper Terrace

Led by teaching artist Kitty Kan from the New York Chinese Cultural Center, this family-friendly workshop introduces participants to basic ribbon dance techniques. Come prepared to learn some fun movements and dance creatively with the ribbons.

New York Chinese Cultural Center Showcase

Friday, May 12, 2023
6:30pm - 7pm
East side of the fountain

Presented and performed by professional and student performers, this curated program celebrates AAPI communities with a taste of traditional and contemporary performances, including Eastern and Western instruments, classical Chinese dance, contemporary dance, and vocal presentation. 

Opening Remarks

Shape of Eyes

Music, lyrics, and performed by Vivian Fang Liu

Chinese Classical Dance

Choreographers and Performers: Yuxi Liu and Lulu Wang


Music and lyrics by Vivian Fang Liu

Performers: Ava Cai, Justin Shen, Caitlyn Shen

Dai Folk Dance - Zan Ha

Choreographer: Wei Ding 

Performer: Jiao Li

Fall Leaves, Spring Flowers

Erhuist: Danting Qiao    Dizi: Tong Kong    Guitarist: Howard Ouyang 

Producers/Composers: Clearwater Studio/Bo Tian


New York Chinese Cultural Center is a cultural and educational institution dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of Chinese arts in local and global communities since 1974. For almost five decades, NYCCC has offered professional quality classes, workshops, and performances in Chinese traditional dance, lion dance, martial arts and visual arts through our School of the Arts, Arts-In-Education program, and public and private engagements.

About MOCA 

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others. Learn more at

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