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APRIL 2009

APABA presents the 2009 Minoru Yasui Banquet
Fri. April 10th, Cocktails at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm
Palace Chinese Restaurant
6265 E. Evans Avenue, Denver
Cost: Corporate Table (seats 10) $1,250
Individual (public/non-profit sector) $60; (private practice) $75
For more info, contact Dennis Kaw at [email protected] or 303-296-7343.
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado will host its annual Minoru Yasui Banquet, emceed by Christine Chang, News Anchor at 7News, KMGH. The entertainers will be soloists from the highly acclaimed Denver Young Artists Orchestra. The DYAO musicians who will perform are of Asian heritage and will play at least one piece written by an Asian composer. Cocktails begin at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm with an available cash bar.

“RISE” Colorado Asian American Leadership Conference
Sat. April 11th, 9am to 2am
Magnolia Hotel
818 17th Street, Downtown Denver
Cost: $40 per student; $35 for groups of 10 or more
For more info, e-mail or visit
Next Generation Voices will host the first Colorado Asian American Leadership Conference for high school and college students. The “RISE” conference promotes career and professional development, service learning and civic engagement, and most importantly, leadership. NGV is a student-run organization, sponsored by the Colorado Asian Culture and Education. This event includes group activities, workshops, free time in Downtown Denver, a fancy banquet buffet, performances and a concluding dance mixer. Performances include Denver Taiko, VeRVE Collisionz, Jamela Reifsnyder, Filipino American Community of Colorado, and a featured performance by LA hip hop group FORMALity. Keynote speakers include Kenny Yoo, 7News and Channel 4 Hero; and Thanh Truong, 9News Reporter.

2009 JASC Japan Cup
Sat. April 11th, 8:30am Registration
Strum Hall, University of Denver
2000 E. Asbury Avenue, Denver
Free and open to the public
For more info, contact JASC at [email protected] or 303.592.5364.
The 2009 Japanese America Society of Colorado Japan Cup academic decathlon, in partnership
with the Colorado Japanese Language Education Association brings students from around the Rocky Mountain region together to compete in teams, testing their Japanese grammar, kanji, listening, reading comprehension, social and cultural knowledge.

During the morning preliminary rounds (now open to the public) parents, teachers, students and spectators are invited to browse and partake in an array of cultural activities. Last year’s presentations included aikido, go, anime (Japanese animation), the art of kimono, and manga (Japanese comics). In the afternoon, watch the top three teams of each level as they go head-to-head in the final rounds.

Taste of Asia at CU-Boulder
Thur. April 16th, 11am to 2pm
Farrand Field, University of Colorado
18th Street, Boulder
Free and open to the public
For more info, contact Lei at [email protected] or 303.717.8573.
CU-Boulder’s Asian Unity is proud to present its sixth annual
“Taste of Asia” in celebration of unique ethnic Asian foods. Come out and enjoy some of the best dishes our Asian nations have to offer and also watch some entertaining
live performances.

The Sabaki Challenge
Sat. April 18th, 4:30pm Quarter Finals 6pm Main Event
Denver Merchandise Mart
451 E 58th Avenue, Denver
Tickets: $25 and $50 at Samurai Martial Arts; Children 12 & under general admission seating $10.
Group Discounts: Buy four tickets, get the fifth free
For more info, call 303.320.7632 or visit
On April 18th, The Sabaki Challenge will be hosting their 30th annual competition. The Sabaki Challenge is a full-contact tournament with no pads and no gloves. It is open to any style of martial arts and is the one true test of Budo - the way of the warrior. The competition is open to both men and women with a black belt, age 21 and older. The Sabaki Challenge rewards scores for punishing blows and takedowns. Rules prohibit punching to the head, but allow contact to the body, kicks to the head and body, sweeps, low kicks and throwing techniques.

VeRVE Collisionz presents Boulder’s Largest Hip Hop Competition

Sat. April 18th, Doors open 7:30pm, 8pm to 11pm
UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
Euclid Avenue, Boulder
Free Admission
For more info, contact Duyet Le at [email protected].
That’s right, VeRVE is at it again, throwing their second annual hip-hop dance competition! Last year, five of the sickest teams in Colorado competed with two out-of-state professional teams, providing 800 spectators with the illest show of their lives! Who will take the title for VeRVE’s competition this year? VeRVE Collisionz’ mission is to promote Boulder’s hip hop culture, to stray away from the media’s negative stereotypes on hip hop culture, and most importantly, to give spectators an unparalleled exhibition of hip hop dance. Interested in hip hop choreography? Beginning dance workshops will be offered that day as well. You won’t be disappointed!

APDC 9Health Fair
Sun. April 26th, 7am to 12pm
Fletcher Elementary and Moorhead Recreation Center
10455 E 25th Avenue, Aurora
Open to the general public
For more info or to volunteer, contact Brooke at interpretersbank@ or 303.365.2959 x114, or visit
Asian Pacific Development Center is proud to host a 9Health Fair in which they free and low-cost health screenings will be offered. Other screenings include: breast, mental health, blood count, gluclose, oral health, nutrition, osteoporosis, pap smear, pulse oximetry, and lung function. About three to six weeks after the 9Health Fair visit, participants receive detailed information about their results, along with reminders to seek complete diagnosis and treatment from their primary care physician.

MAY 2009
Asian Education Advisory Council Awards
Sun. May 3rd, 9am to 11:30am
Doubletree Hotel
3203 Quebec Street, Denver
For more info or to contribute a donation, e-mail [email protected].
The Asian Education Advisory Council of the Denver Public Schools annually hosts the AEAC Awards. For the past 24 years, AEAC culminates its school year activities with an Awards Ceremony celebrating the achievements and contributions of DPS Asian-American Pacific Islander elementary, middle and high school students, as well as the families, faculty, staff and others who support them. AEAC relies on generous contributions of individual and corporate sponsors to provide support for our children in the Denver Public Schools system. All donations are tax deductible and are used to pay for the event and scholarships.

E-mail upcoming events to Asian Avenue magazine at [email protected].


Comment from Mark Shimoda
Time March 6, 2009 at 9:08 am

I really enjoyed reading your calendar. I will look to it for more information in the future. Thanks for compiling this list.

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