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[box type=”default” size=”large”] Performers now in the final phase of rehearsals [/box]

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will deliver the welcome remarks at the Splendor of the East (SOE) 2014 cultural show which will be held on May 17, 2014 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, it was announced.

Robert D. Riparip, president of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), said Governor Snyder will also give a brief remark during the VIP reception that will be held shortly before the show.

Riparip said that this year, “we will have a special, expanded VIP reception co-sponsored by the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC). Aside from delivering a remark and greeting the other guests, Governor Snyder will have photo sessions with CAPA leaders.”

He said that Governor Snyder’s attendance at SOE indicates the importance he gives to affairs and programs of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan. He said, “CAPA thanks the governor for accepting our invitation to grace the show.”

The CAPA president also said that other VIPs, who include state and city officials, will watch the cultural spectacle staged every year by CAPA.

Meanwhile, the rehearsals for SOE are now in the final stage. The performers, numbering at least 80, have been regularly practicing since November last year.

Earlier, Production Manager Toni Martinez said Splendor of the East 2014 will be different from past presentations in that there will be dance-and-song numbers combining cultures of countries in the east.

Martinez SOE 2014 will be a unique melding of Asian cultures and traditions.

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CAPA President Riparip said the cultural blending plus western influences is now emerging as the dominant culture of Asian Americans in their adopted country, the United States of America.

 Martinez said that this year’s edition of SOE is intended “to open our hearts to all cultures” and allow  Asian Americans to better appreciate cultural diversity.

Martinez said, SOE 2014 “is a journey to experience with fascinating world beats from faraway places such as China, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Polynesia and Taiwan.”

Subtitled “Part III: Crossroads-Time Travel,” SOE 2014 is expected to be as grand and spectacular as the past editions of the show that features the diverse cultures of Asia.

Tickets to the cultural show are now on sale.

CAPA is offering discount for groups (at least 10 members each). Tickets cost $15 each if purchase before the May 17, the show date. Tickets priced at $30 each will be sold $20 each if purchased before the show. VIP tickets costing $100 each entitle the ticket holders to attend the VIP reception to be held shortly before the show.