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The Party 2019 has been postponed.

Due to a lapse in federal government appropriations — known in Washington, D.C., as a partial government shutdown — the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's Year of Music: A Lunar New Year Party planned for February 5th in Los Angeles has been postponed. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. When the federal government reopens, we will set another date for this important event.

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A book about a future where fashion can bring you closer to enlightenment

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Ae Kai

Ae Kai

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July 2017 // Honolulu



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November 2016 // New York City



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May 2016 // Washington, D.C.

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