The Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Festival is the only East Coast festival that celebrates Asian American identity and community service.
Festivals have been a part of human history since there was cause to celebrate. They are rooted in spiritual, symbolic, cultural or environmental occasion are exceedingly worthwhile recreational activities that are rewarding to both individuals and the communities that host these events.
-Robinson & Noel, 1991, page 71
The 35th anniversary will consist of the theme of Asian Americans contributing the building of our Intercontinental Railway 145 years ago, in Promomtory point Utah.
Smithsonian will be sponsoring a photo contest displayed on Flicker titled: "Life of Asian Americans today".
On May 10, 1869, Promontory Summit was the site of a grand celebration, as the Union Pacific's No. 119 and the Central Pacific's Jupiter touched cowcatchers to complete the transcontinental railroad. By 1903, however, a cutoff had rendered this historic stretch of track obsolete.
UT Large Map
Great Salt Lake
Mtn. Meadows Photo
Salt Lake City
May 10th 2014 Tentative Schedule, not final as of 3/11/14
7:50 AM Front Runner commuter rail from Salt Lake Central Station (250 S. 600 W.) to Ogden Utah (train #750 route)
8:54 AM Arrive at Ogden Union Station
9:30 AM Board charter busses for Golden Spike National Park Historic Site.
10:45 AM Arrive at Golden Spike National Park
11:00 AM Head to “Chinese Arch” by hiking or via car pool for Buddhist ceremony by local Buddhist priests. Distance 1.5 miles min. Bring fluids, average temps can be in high 70’s or lower 50”s
12:30 PM Head back to Golden Spike National Park for “flash mob” event in front of
2 locomotives. Possible speakers, Judy Chu, congresswoman (D) LA . More yet to be determined. 145th anniversary of completion of railroad.
We are hoping to buy the roundtrip tickets 5/9 to Utah asap, who will join us?
$308 roundtrip NYC-SLC 5/9 -- 5/11 or 12.
$154 oneway NYC-SLC 5/9.
$159 oneway SFO-NYC