Heritage Celebrations

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

May 10, 2018

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a reception and ceremony to recognize the Asian-Pacific American community’s contributions to New York City. The Asian and Pacific Islander community is the fastest growing community in New York City, comprising of 15% of New York City—larger than San Francisco and Los Angeles’ Asian and Pacific Islander communities combined.

The event honored Kelly Choi, a die-hard foodie and a former host of Bravo’s hit series, Top Chef Masters. Choi is an acclaimed food journalist, producer, creator and former host of NYC’s restaurant show Eat Out NY. Choi was also the host of the internationally syndicated Secrets of New York, a weekly show that reveals mysteries and little-known facts about the five boroughs. Kelly also previously worked as a VJ for MTV Korea, as well as an entertainment reporter on the TV Guide Channel. Choi has a Master’s from Columbia University and supports, among many charities, diabetes research and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, as well as City Harvest.

Musical guest, Melody of Dragon, featured Chinese Banhu (two-string fiddle), Pipa (lute), and Guzheng (zither).

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Media

Video description: Watch the livestream of the remarks by Mayor de Blasio and honoree Kelly Choi:

Community Engagement Partner

We would like to acknowledge and thank our committed sponsors of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception, without whom this event would not be possible:

  • Healthfirst

Sponsor

We would like to acknowledge and thank our committed sponsors of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Reception, without whom this event would not be possible:

  • Anheuser-Busch

Past Events

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2015 Event Transcript

2014 Event Transcript