Asian Americans make up 14 percent of Montgomery County’s almost one million residents. They represent countries from the Pacific rim of Asia to the Arab states of the Middle East and the Turkic region of Western Asia (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Culturally rich and diverse, with ancient art forms that have developed over centuries, Montgomery County’s Asian-American citizens contribute significantly to the vibrancy of our community and its cultural opportunities. Watch for future Artist Stories in this section.
Located in Silver Spring, Md., the Cambodian Buddhist Society nurtures and presents many cultural riches from Cambodian, especially Khmer Classical Dancing. Listen as teachers explain their mission.
Listen to the entire interview with the Cambodian Buddhist Society, conducted by noted ethnomusicologist Mark Puryear.
While growing up in Osaka, Japan, art of various disciplines fascinated Shizumi Manale. Eventually, Kyōgen and Noh Theatre dominated her interest. Hear part one of her story.
After arriving first to the San Francisco Bay area then Montgomery County, Shizumi Manale has become one of the celebrated artists that specialized in both ancient and modern Japanese dance and theater. Hear part two of her story.
Listen to the entire interview with Shizumi Manale, conducted by noted ethnomusicologist Mark Puryear.