Asian Cultural Fashion Show at the John Steinbeck Library, Salinas

Couple posing in the El Faro Cafe - Salinas Chinatown 1950s
Couple posing in the El Faro Cafe, Salinas Chinatown, 1950s. Cathy Chavez-Miller Collection.

An Asian Cultural Fashion Show featuring traditional dress or costumes from five local Asian communities will be held at the Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Street, on March 17, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at the end of the show, which is co-sponsored by the Library and Asian Cultural Experience (ACE) of Salinas, CA to promote the 8th Annual Asian Festival in Salinas’ historic Chinatown area on April 25.

Fashion show participants are from the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and South Asian communities. Mistress and Master of Ceremonies will be Susan Aremas and Larry Hirahara.

ACE will also present a pop-up museum, Salinas Chinatown In Style! featuring photographs, clothing, and accessories worn by family members in and around Chinatown from the 1920s through the 1970s. The public is invited to bring in their own photographs of stylish family members in Chinatown and/or Salinas or accessory items to exhibit in our pop-up. We will provide pens and labels for you to write down information about your items.

More details are available from Kristan Amaral, Steinbeck Library, 831-758-7311, or Cathy Chavez-Miller, ACE Co-chair, 831-809-8310 or


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