The Triangle area is known for many things, namely research and innovation. One thing the Triangle is not known for — dragon boat racing. However, that may be about to change.
The organization Asian Focus was formed to offer programs and events to help Asian Americans and immigrants better acclimate into American society.
In 2014, the organization held the first Dragon Boat Festival as an opportunity for the local Asian community to come together to celebrate their shared culture and history.
“The basic idea was to create interest in a sense of community,” said Marko Fong, a member of the board of directors for Asian Focus. “It is both about developing a sense of the Asian population in the Triangle and helping people who aren’t Asian get a sense of who we are.”
The Dragon Boat Festival is being held Sept. 23, at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The festival is much more than just a few races, though. There are also various cultural performances that are open to the whole Triangle community.