Siouxland Asian Festival celebrates culture through games, music and food | Weekend | Community

Pride in his heritage is timely due to a growing wave of crimes against members of the Asian-American community. This included a shooting that took place at three spas or massage parlors in the Atlanta metro area on March 16.

Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were murdered in the wave of crimes.

“It’s important that members of the Asian community stand up for themselves and say we matter,” La said. “Events like Asian Fest give us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage while educating others as awareness.”

This is why the whole community is invited to see the beautiful costumes, the elaborate dances and, above all, the delicious Asian cuisine.

“Americans have gotten used to certain types of Asian food,” La said. “Yet there is so much food that others haven’t tried.”

This includes comfort food prepared in an authentic Singapore way and even Takoyaki balls as if they were made on the streets of Japan.

OK, what is Takoyaki? It’s a ball-shaped snack that is made with flour, pickled ginger, green onions, and minced octopus.

Think of it like a fried donut with meat made with something that had tentacles.

Asian Fest will have something from the exotic to things that are becoming more and more common.

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