ACA organized and held The First Annual “Asian Culture Day” gala at Texas Station on November 12th 2015, to commemorate the 149th birthday of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who dedicated his life to the over-through of the Qing Dynasty and whom is recognized as the father of the Republican form of government in China modeled on the words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “of the people, by the people, for the people”.
With over 2,500 attendees over the course of the day, the evening’s festivities commenced with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Color Guard and singing of our national anthem. In order to cause the gala to be truly special, Cavin made all the arrangements and paid the cost for Dr. Sun’s granddaughter Ms. Lily Sun and his great-grandson Charles to be in attendance, traveling from their home in Hawaii. Earlier in the day, Ms. Lily spoke on how her grandfather dedicated his life and his family’s wealth to the over-through of the monarchy and establishment of a democratic form of government before more than 100 guests who were in attendance. Later that evening she and her son presented Cavin with a larger than life-sized bust of Dr. Sun (Co Sponsored by Mr. Kirk Zhang and Mr. Walter Hai Ho) as a showing of their appreciation for ACA keeping his memory alive. The gala also included an art exhibit; demonstrations of Chinese, Korean, Polynesian and Philippine traditional dance; Taiko drums; an acrobat show; and, a fashion show of historic reproduction traditional Chinese clothing dating back over 3000 years.