Asian American Heritage Committee

The Asian American Heritage Committee promotes awareness of Asian and Asian American cultures in the United Federation of Teachers and the broader labor movement. We accomplish this goal by hosting a wide array of events throughout the year and participating in all union activities.

Our two most important annual events are the Chinese New Year Parade, in January or February, and the Lunar New Year Dinner, in February or March. We have participated in the former for several years and have hosted the latter for more than two decades. We also host an annual origami workshop at the UFT’s Manhattan Borough Office in the fall.

The committee proudly participates in all UFT events. We mobilize our members to join fellow teacher-unionists for rallies, marches and phone-banks as well as for cultural and celebratory activities. We are also very proud to share aspects of our culture at the union’s annual Spring Conference, where we host popular exhibition tables dedicated to calligraphy and origami.

We also participate actively in the New York chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance with similar groups from other area labor unions and count many Asian and Asian American community organizations among our friends. The proceeds of the raffle at our annual Lunar New Year Dinner are donated to support these allies.

The committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Manhattan Borough Office.

In the News
  • The Year of the Rooster gave 340 UFT members something to crow about as they gathered for the annual Lunar New Year banquet at the Joy Luck Palace...
  • Costumed students from PS 149 ring in the Year of the Rooster with Chinese dignitaries at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
  • For 30 years, UFT members have gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year and this year was no exception as 320 participants watched the fiery dragon...
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Eileen Lew, a teacher at PS 42 in Chinatown, “feeds” the lion with a money envel
Lunar New Year Celebration 2017

More than 300 UFT members from across the city gathered at the Joy Luck Palace Restaurant in Chinatown for the annual celebration of the Lunar New Year organized by the UFT Asian American Heritage Committee.

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