A Kids Craft Festival celebrated AAPI Heritage Month on May 11/ Credit: Needham Observer

A celebration of Asian cultures brought families to the Town Common on Saturday, May 11, for a Kid Craft Festival as part of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Sponsored by the Chinese Friends of Needham, the event featured youth music and dance performances as well as craft-making and calligraphy.

“I think AAPI month is perfect timing for groups to come out and demonstrate their culture and show people what is special about them and help people better understand, especially for kids,” said Dennis Zhang, president of Chinese Friends of Needham. “It’s very helpful to teach kids to be respectful of each other and the diversity of the groups they come from.”

Credit: Needham Observer

This is the third year the event has taken place, and it included activities related to Japanese, Indian and Chinese cultures. A highlight of the performances involved two groups of students in the Needham ACE after-school enrichment program demonstrating the art of Chinese Yo Yo. The festival was supported with a grant from the Needham Council for Arts and Culture and local business CardMyYard.

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