The Asian American Heritage Council, also known as AAHC, is an organization of Asian American organizations in Central Florida – groups ranging from social, cultural, business, religious, educational, professional, to health & fitness and diversity networks.
The organization began in 1980 when the U.S. President proclaimed in May a National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Community leaders of ethnic associations representing various countries of Asia led by the Philippines, China, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Korea, and Laos, organized the Asian Pacific American Heritage Council, or APAHC. Its first major project to celebrate the Heritage Month, was the first ever Asian Festival at Lake Eola Park in the heart of the City of Orlando. Over ten thousand people visited the park that day and enjoyed the cultural presentations at the amphitheater, savored the enticing aroma of ethnic food permeating the park all day, and ogled with wonder the arts and artifacts displayed by participating Asian nation. Asian Americans danced to the lilting strain of music from home.
In 1995, the group reorganized as the AAHC, the Asian American Heritage Council, to include all 41 countries of Asia. In the last five years, some thirty five Asian American organizations have participated in the celebration of the Heritage Month through the Annual Asian Gala.
Our Mission & Goals
To preserve the culture and heritage of Asians through informative programs
To advance their civic, educational, and social interests in the communities where they live and work
To recognize and honor community leadership that enhances the quality of life and image of Asian Americans
To recognize and reward Asian American students for their academic excellence and exemplary community service and leadership!
The annual AAHC Asian Cultural Festival will be held on May 12 at the Orlando Fashion Mall - 3201 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32803. For more details, please refer to our scholarship page.
AAHC of Central Florida is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and was established in 1980 to preserve Asian Heritage and Culture and to represent the interest of diverse Asian American ethnicities. http://aahc-cf.org