The vibrant tapestry of cultural diversity was on full display at the 41st Annual Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) Lunar New Year Celebration on February 10th at the Drury Lane Theater in Oak Brook. A testament to the unity and richness of the Asian American experience. Central to the success of the celebration were the captivating performances that showcased cultural traditions that may have been unfamiliar to many of our guests. From Taiko Drummers, to martial arts demonstration, mesmerizing lion dances, to enchanting musical performances, each act illuminated the beauty and depth of Asian heritage.

"As the Japanese American host committee, we extend our deepest gratitude to the myriad individuals and organizations whose unwavering support made this event a resounding success. we express our appreciation to the AACC member communities, corporate sponsors, nonprofits, and individual donors who generously contributed to the festivities. Additionally, we extend our gratitude to the dedicated committee members, volunteers, and the staff at Drury Lane whose tireless efforts ensured that the event proceeded smoothly and concluded punctually. Their commitment to fostering cultural understanding and solidarity within our communities is truly commendable" stated Gala Chair, Karen Kanemoto.

AACC's esteemed MCs, Joanie Lum of Fox-32 and Eric Horng of ABC-7, whose charisma and professionalism guided the program with grace and poise and approximately 950 individuals partook in the festivities, showcasing the widespread support and enthusiasm for the Lunar New Year Celebration.

A highlight of the evening was the recognition of esteemed individuals who have made significant contributions to the Asian American community. We congratulate IL Supreme Court Justice Joy V. Cunningham for receiving the Sandra Otaka Memorial Grand Asian American Award and Michael Chin, Senior VP of Commercial Banking at Byline Bank, for being honored with the Ping Tom Memorial Pan Asian American Award. Additionally, the coalition paid tribute to AACC board members Rashid Chaudary and James Limson, who retired in 2023, for their dedicated service and leadership.

Looking ahead, the coalition was delighted to announce that the Indonesian American community will be hosting the 2025 AACC Lunar New Year Celebration and eagerly anticipate another year of cultural exchange, camaraderie, and celebration as we come together to welcome the Year of the Snake.

The Coalition extends their heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the success of the 41st Annual AACC Lunar New Year Celebration. The support exemplifies the spirit of unity and collaboration that defines our community, and we look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.

Feb 15, 2024

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