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Oakland is proud to be a city that honors and supports our diverse culture every single day. As cultural history and traditions are observed during specific global heritage months, in May we join our community in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
In true Oakland style, there are an abundance of culturally enriched AAPI experiences to enjoy. Taste authentic cuisine in an array of restaurants, listen to beautiful music, and shop at local businesses found in our vibrant, welcoming city. Join the fun at family-friendly events including celebration nights at Oakland Roots & Oakland A’s games and weekend family activities at Children’s Fairyland!
Let’s come together to celebrate the AAPI community and the incredible impact they continue to have throughout our nation and in The Town!
Ways to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in Oakland
Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association 60th Anniversary Mosaic Mural
The mosaic mural located at the Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland is titled “Compassion, Peace and Community." The mural celebrates the profound 60-year friendship between Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan; and the anniversary of the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association (OFSCA) in 2022. Pebbles from Oakland and Fukuoka were collected by the Fukuoka Oakland Friendship Association (FOFA), OFSCA, and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), and then used in the mural to symbolize the connection we have to one another and to nature.
The community public art project funded by donor contributions focused on building new and deepening existing bonds between people and partners in both sister cities. It stands as an embodiment of the importance of global citizenry and OFSCA’s mission for cross-cultural exchange to promote mutual understanding, sustaining our friendships within our immediate and international communities. The mural is open to the public.
Photo credit: JJ Kotler | “Compassion, Peace and Community” – mural design by Rachel Rodi and Guy Fuerte, frame by Jay van Arsdale and Jason Forster, OFSCA and community.
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