How We Got Started
The year was 2010 when the Asian Festival promoted an exhibition of dragon boat racing on the Scioto Mile river in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The non-profit, arts-and-culture organization recruited two paddling teams and choreographed the event. Thus was born the city’s first Dragon Boat Race.
From these modest beginnings, the Dragon Boat Race has grown to include more than twenty contending crews, with a generous wellspring of support coming from our non-profit partners, corporate sponsors, the city of Columbus, and dozens of volunteers.
Every year since then, Asian Festival hosts this exciting water sport, part of its collection of celebrations that foster better understanding of Asian culture and promote cross-cultural exchange. These events include the Asian Games and the main festival at Franklin Park.
Open to the public, and free of charge, these celebrations fall within the month of May, highlighting the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and bringing greater visibility to the Asian-American communities in Central Ohio.
|Karen Jiobu :: Zan Saavedra :: Austin Chen||Oversight and Team Outreach|
|Dr. Yung-Chen Lu :: Manju Sankarappa :: Cora Munoz||Asian Festival Officers|
|Dr. Yung-Chen Lu||Team Recruitment|
|Sally and Tony Paz :: Karen Jiobu||Site Planning|
|Matthew Mawhorter :: Greg Thirtyacre III :: Mory Furhmann :: Josie Blevins||Food-Vendor-Transportation|
|Austin Chen||Volunteer Recruitment|
|Dennis Chua||Web Site|
The Dragon Boat Experience
It’s showing that they’re willing to work together — showing that their employees are out doing something for the community — and, even if they’re not Asian, it shows the cultural gap that they’re bridging …
— Justin Shum
05/17/2020 (8:00 AM)
181 Washington Blvd, Columbus OH 43215
Asian Festival promotes the importance of cultural diversity in building a vibrant, prosperous and healthy community.
1367 Wingate Dr, Delaware, OH 43015