The Harvest Moon Soirée will celebrate mid-Autumn festival traditions across Asian cultures with lanterns and mooncakes, music and dancing, and gourmet Asian food, while supporting AAPI Montclair’s work furthering belonging, community, rights, and representation for New Jersey’s 1,000,000+ strong Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Work supported will include Teach Asian American Stories, a major new initiative accelerating the inclusion of AAPI history and contributions in our public school classrooms.
The main event from 7:30-11:00pm will also feature an AAPI jazz quartet (courtesy of Peter Lin, organizer of the AAPI Jazz Fest), Asian food from different cultures, a silent and live auction, and more. The event will be held on the terrace and grounds of a private residence in Montclair, NJ, with capacity for 100 guests for the pre-event dumpling hour and 250 total guests.
Michelle Li was criticized for telling her TV audience that she eats dumplings to celebrate the New Year. The caller said she found it offensive and “Very Asian.” Soon after Michelle shared a video, #veryasian went viral. Michelle started the Very Asian Foundation, whose May Book Project supports the inclusion of books by Asian American a
Michelle Li was criticized for telling her TV audience that she eats dumplings to celebrate the New Year. The caller said she found it offensive and “Very Asian.” Soon after Michelle shared a video, #veryasian went viral. Michelle started the Very Asian Foundation, whose May Book Project supports the inclusion of books by Asian American authors in libraries and schools. Guests will be able to mingle with Michelle in an intimate setting during our pre-event VIP hour (6:30-7:30pm) and hear from her during our main event (7:30-11:00pm).
Chefs Meichih and Michael Kim, of the Michelin-starred Maum in Palo Alto, will prepare gourmet dumplings with an Asian spirits pairing for a pre-event VIP hour, inspired by the origins of the Very Asian story. The duo’s cuisine draws on their background in classical French cuisine (Per Se, Craft) combined with their Taiwanese and Korean heritage and Southern California roots.
Support for the Harvest Moon Soirée is an ideal opportunity for companies or firms to show their commitment to fighting anti-Asian racism and investing in generational change for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. All sponsors increase brand awareness and reflect community care and engagement with New Jersey’s 1 million strong Asian American community, its fastest-growing demographic.
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AAPI Montclair is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to create a more inclusive community by uplifting the varied experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, advocating for AAPI rights and representation, and promoting awareness and education around AAPI culture and history. Since forming in early 2021, we have advanced AAPI inclusion and belonging through cultural events drawing thousands of attendees, advocacy for New Jersey’s historic AAPI curriculum mandate, partnerships with schools, youth programs, mental health support, public safety trainings, and more.