2023 VeryAsian Celebration

Cville’s 2nd Annual VeryAsian Celebration

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 2-5PM

@ Chimm / The Yard – 365 Merchant Walk Sq. Suite 400, Charlottesville, VA

VeryAsian VA is a new community organization focused on representing and uplifting Asian American voices and stories. This year VeryAsian VA will present the 2nd Annual VeryAsian Celebration on Saturday, May 13th from 2PM-5PM inside at Chimm and outside at The Yard (adjacent communal outdoor space) located at 5th St. Station. The event will include music, art, food, a culturally competent book giveaway, and a VA wine tasting (presented by Oenoverse) with Charlottesville Asian American representatives.

Many thanks to our media sponsor: WTJU (91.1FM)! Check out Very Asian VA co-chairs Sylvia Chong and Jay Pun on “Folk and Beyond” on Thursday, May 11, from 4-5:15pm, followed by Richmond-based rock band Prabir at 5:30pm



Free Registration helps us with a headcount estimate, but you can also pre-purchase wine tasting tickets, food, T-shirts and posters to help support our event! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veryasian-celebration-2023-tickets-586343728877



Virginia Wine Tasting @ The Yard (2-5pm)

featuring tastings with local food pairings:


Demonstrations @ Chimm (2-5pm)

  • 2:30pm     Henna with Zaree Ahmedzay
  • 3:00pm     Tea Ceremony with Hiromi Johnson
  • 3:30pm     Culturally Competent Book Giveaway and Reading with Mack’s Corner
  • 4:00pm     Henna with Zaree Ahmedzay
  • 4:30pm     Tea Ceremony with Hiromi Johnson


Art Show @ the old Basil space (2-5pm)


Performances @ Basil Patio

  • 2:00pm – Laughing Dragon Kung Fu (Lion Dance)
  • 2:20pm – I-Jen Fang (Intrepid Percussionist)
  • 2:40pm – Sylvia Chong (Asian American Folk-Rock)
  • 3:00pm – Victor Lee w/Peter Markush (Chinese Uyghur Dotar Music)
  • 3:30pm – Meesha Goldberg (Spoken Word)
  • 3:45pm – Jay Pun’s Afro Asia (Thai American Funk)
  • 4:15pm – Prabir (Richmond Indian Rock)


Community Partners @ The Yard

  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association @ UVA and the All of Us Research Program
  • Gil B. Gallardo, Realtor
  • Asian Pacific American Studies Program @ UVA with Prof. Sylvia Chong

For artist profiles and more local businesses, check out our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/veryasianva


The Yard @ 5th Street Station
Dragon and Lion Dance performance by Laughing Dragon Kung Fu – photo courtesy of Lewis Nelson




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