Celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at the Oregon Historical Society with free museum admission and special performances by Shivani Joshi at 11 a.m. and Paradise of Samoa at 1 p.m. This free family day is organized in partnership with Oregon Rises Above Hate, a partnership among AANHPI community leaders who want to defeat anti-Asian hate through government action, educational programs and the power of the AANHPI community.
Shivani Joshi will present poetic melodies of Rajasthan folk music while playing harmonium (Indian piano accordion), alongside the accompaniment of tabla (Indian drums) by Bhaskar Ganguly and bansuri (Indian flute) by Gunjan Vaishnav. Paradise of Samoa performers will be in full costumes — original and handmade — and will perform dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand (Aotearoa). The program will include costume changes, original narration and live music.