Cultivating Cultural Connections in Tallahassee and Beyond
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The Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT) is a non-profit organization that works to promote cultural understanding and appreciation for the Asian community in the Tallahassee area. We strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for Asian Americans to share their unique perspectives and experiences.
ACT works to increase awareness of Asian cultures through our Experience Asia Festival, which highlights a variety of cultural performances, art, and cuisine from around the world. We also provide educational programs and resources to promote the integration of Asian Americans into the local community. Join us today to explore and celebrate the beauty and diversity of Asian culture
Formed in December 2004, the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT) was initiated by the Big Bend Filipino-American Association, Inc (BBFAA) under the leadership of Dr. Clyde Diao. It is an umbrella organization comprised of various Asian-related organizations as well as individual members and is intended to be the voice of the Asian community. It aims to unite various Asian communities within the Tallahassee area and promote and share our rich Asian cultural heritage with the local community through community activity involvement and cultural events. To achieve this, ACT launched "Experience Asia" which has experienced a meteoric rise to become a major annual event in Tallahassee. Further, ACT aims to enhance social and economic ties with the community at large. Through these, ACT hopes to raise Asian awareness within the community to foster a better understanding between Asians and other cultures.
Originally, ACT was formed by the Big Bend Filipino American Association, the India Association of Tallahassee, North Florida Chinese Association, the Tallahassee Families with Asian Children, and the Chinese Association of Tallahassee. ACT grew to include the FSU International Center, Japanese Community Group, Chinese Children Adoption International, Taiwanese American Association of Tallahassee, Thai Community of Tallahassee, Persian Cultural Club, Korean community, Rossier Productions, Inc. Pakistani community, World Economic Forum and many Student associations. Several individual members also comprise ACT membership. We hope to expand as more members join our organization.
ACT welcomes everyone who is interested in Asian culture to join, regardless of age, sex, race, or ethnicity. Bringing in non-Asian members into ACT is essential as it helps foster better understanding within the local community. It also helps the Asian community become part of mainstream America without losing its identity. ACT provides a venue by which the East meets the West.
Our Mission is to unite various Asian communities within the Tallahassee area and promote and share our rich Asian cultural heritage with the local community through community activity involvement and cultural events.
Our volunteer board members bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and cultural experiences to create unique and exciting opportunities for the Tallahassee Community.
Chairman / Aileen Ray
Secretary / Aurora Hansen
Treasurer / Angelina Wai
General Counsel / Mitchell Herring
Board of Directors
Fundraising / Manju Kundra
Auditor / T.S. Wu
Education and Cultural Affairs / Earl and Portia Campos
Technology / Jack Rizzo
Honorary Chairperson, Experience Asia Festival / Jane Awkard Marks
AASU, Florida State University / Sean Faletti
FSA, Florida State University / Mica Cortez
Big Bend Filipino Association, Inc.
Chinese Association of Tallahassee
India Association of Tallahassee
Japanese Community of Tallahassee
Taiwanese Association of Tallahassee
TCC Student Life - Deirdra Green
TCC Dance Company
Media / Kim Vega
Videographers & Photographers / Master Cap Cap Aperente, Dolly Earl, Kim Vega, Weng Entea
Volunteer Coordinators / Angelina Novotney, Amy Mann
Volunteer Lead Staff / Karen Liang, Kevin Mao, Heewon Seo, Heesu Seo