Promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander culture through education, creative expression, and celebration.
Partnering with the award winning Children’s Museum of Houston and CenterPoint Energy, APAHA has presented the Children’s Festival in late January or early February for over 3,000 children and their families. Presenting educational arts and crafts representing multiple Asian ethnicities and cultural performances from varied prestigious youth dance groups.
Since April 2010, the Distinguished Speaker Series is the signature program for promoting Asian/Pacific awareness and education. Founded by the Strake Foundation, it offers fascinating fascinating presentations and delightful ethnic dinners. At least four Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) are planned each year featuring academics.
The annual gala is the highlight of Houston's Asian/Pacific Heritage Month of May. Distinguished citizens are honored, riveting entertainment is presented, and a delicious ethnic meal is shared. It is a key opportunity for the members of the Asian/Pacific American community to come together and celebrate their culture. (Stay tuned for gala in 2021)
The Faith and Culture Bus Tour is held twice a year. The bus tour is an all day event that visits 3-4 places of worship. Popular requested places include the Vietnamese Buddhist Center, BAPS Swaminarayan Santhsa Mandir, the Maryam Islamic Center, and the Asian American Baptist Church. A visit to Chinatown is included for lunch. Tour guides are provided for each location.
APAHA's annual celebration of American Heritage Month starts with an annual celebration of professional cultural dances from India, Korea, Hawaii, The Philippines and much more executed by children and adults. There are also varied types of martial arts, fashion arts, cooking demonstrations and special children's activities. (kickoff event has been canceled in 2020)
APAHA's annual meeting is held for members to recap the year, show our appreciation the current board member and install the new Board Members and Executive Committee.