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Fiji Embassy Participation Wins Praise

Fiji Embassy Washington promoted Fiji successfully in May in the States of Maryland and the District of Columbia and in the process won high praise from local organizers and also captured the eye of local television.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the US. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. Congress later voted to expand it from a week long to a month long celebration.

During the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrations this year in the State of Maryland the Embassy assisted the State of Maryland’s Governors Office on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the Maryland’s Department of Transportation with information on Fiji following requests for materials for the celebrations.

In the nation’s capital of Washington itself following invitation from the city’s Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs the Embassy with the support of their families and the local Fiji community mounted a successful exhibition of cultural artifacts, a live demonstration of traditional mat weaving and meke performances by Fiji dancers.

Commending the Embassy, their families and supporters for their outstanding display the Director of Washington’s Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Ms Soohyun Julie Koo wrote to the Embassy has follows:

“The Embassy of the Republic of the Fiji Islands provided a wonderful exhibition for all the participants through their booth at the exhibit. The booth itself was very well prepared and elaborately decorated with various aspects of Fiji Island culture. Through the wonderful assistance of the staff members from the embassy, we were able to present the diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander culture to the DC community. Many members of the audience were very impressed with the performance from both the male and female Fiji dancers. They danced beautifully and provided insight into the culture of Fiji. Participants also thoroughly enjoyed the refreshments provided by the embassy through the Fiji water bottles. The embassy staff were more than helpful in promoting the Cultural Exhibit. The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs would like to thank the Embassy of the Republic of the Fiji Islands for their participation and making our Cultural Exhibit a success.”

On the same day that half of the Fiji Embassy Staff and families were participating in the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration in the nations capital in Washington, the other half of the Embassy together with their families and the Fiji community were also mounting a successful exhibition of cultural artifacts, live demonstration of traditional mat weaving and meke performances by Fiji dancers in the City of Fredrick in the State of Maryland as part of the Pangaea Frederick.

Pangaea Frederick is a festival celebrating Frederick’s growing diversity and learn about and experience the many different cultures and heritages that blend together in Frederick. The Embassy’s participation was so well received that it featured in the local television news for the day through NBC.

Commending the Embassy for its participation Ms Amy Riley Amy Riley Pangaea Frederick Special Events Manager wrote to the Embassy as follows:

"Celebrate Frederick, in partnership with the City of Frederick, Maryland, would like to express its appreciation and gratitude to the Embassy of Fiji for their participation and support of the first annual Pangaea Frederick - A Festival Celebrating our Heritage. It was an honor and a privilege to have representation from the islands of Fiji as part of the festival programming. The entertainment and artifacts exhibit was truly captivating. We hope to continue a strong partnership with the Embassy of Fiji to be a part of future events and festivals in Frederick, Maryland. Thank you for your tremendous support!"

As a result of this success the Embassy has received invitations to participate in various events in the State.

Washington's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Fiji Embassy Team in Washington’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Fiji Embassy Dancing Team in Washington’s Asian Pacific American
Heritage Month


Fiji Embassy Dancer in Washington’s Asian Pacific American Heritage
Month

Pangea Frederick Festival


Fiji Embassy Display at Pangea Fredrick


Fiji Embassy Display at Pangea Fredrick


Fijian Traditional Mat Weaving at Pangea Fredrick


Fiji Dancers at Pangea Fredrick


Fiji Dancers at Pangea Fredrick