Ellis Island to celebrate National Asian-Pacific Heritage Month with special performance

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Date: May 29, 2015
Contact: Mindi Rambo, 212-668-2208

New York, NY –To celebrate National Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, the Statue of Liberty National Monument is presenting three extraordinary performing companies that represent the richness, power, and beauty of the cultures of China, India and Japan. The performances will take place at Ellis Island from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

From the heart of one of the oldest cultures on the planet comes the Chinese Lion Dance as performed by the Chinese Freemason's Society of New York. A graceful and athletic display, the Lion Dance is a leading element of any Chinese New Year celebration and is held to be a blessing to anyone who sees it.

Blending the traditions of classical Indian and folk dance with the world famous color and flash of Bollywood, The Ajna Performance Company highlights the cultural contributions those of Indian descent have made to America.

The final performance of the day will be from the Taikoza Drum and Dance Company. "Taikoza" translates to "big drums." In the Great Hall, where even a tiny drum can make a big sound, these drums and their drummers will create a show to remember.

About Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation's premiere federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed at the station. The main building was restored after30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990. It has been estimated that more than 40 percent of America's population today can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.

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