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Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), 505-900-4084

CACA Youth Dance Troupe, Dr. Mamie Chan (dance group) drmamie@osogrande.com.

Chinese Cultural Center, Synthia, 505-268-7023 (dance, martial arts, art/cultural activities) cccenter11@qwest.net

NM Chinese School of Arts & Language. Classes are held on Sundays only (except Summer) at the Alb. Institute for Math & Science at UNM, 933 Bradbury SE, Alb. 87109. Contact principal: Yiming Yang 792-2817, yimingy@yahoo.com


Ligaya White, Chairperson

Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico. Sponsors the annual Santacruzan every second Saturday in May at the Old Town Plaza and San Felipe de Neri Church in Albuquerque.

Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Rio Grande Chapter. Sponsors Oral History meetings 2x a year and a picnic in Sept. every other year. It also sponsors the Pamana Heritage Awards to recognize contributions of Filipino Americans to the society.

(www.pinoy-newmexico.com/pamana.html) The chapter will host the NATIONAL FANHS conference in summer 2012 to coincide with the centennial celebration of the New Mexico statehood. This conference will be attended by members of FANHS from 28 chapters all over the US.

www.pinoy-newmexico.com/fanhsrg.html. Website dedicated to Filipinos in New Mexico.

Kulintang Ensemble of Albuquerque: Southern Philippine music and dance (the group is on break); kulintangensemble@yahoo.com

Kidstale (folktales in puppets and dances with Filipino theme) Tessie 214-5150, puppetnettes@kidstale-nm.com (this website).


Hawaiian Pride, Rod Kualalpi (505-994-4575) or Raelani McKinney 505-771-8687, mckinned@cableone.net

Cindi Hefner, Hula dance instruction at

Farfesha Studio, 2527 Virginia NE, Albuquerque. http://www.geocities.com/ehulamai


Classical Indian Dances, Storytelling, Mime, 505-294-4567, www.johanna.itgo.com/custom3_1.html

Kalakriti School of Bharatanatyam Dance (Lonika Majithia), contact through Assn. for India’s Dev.

Hindu Temple Society of New Mexico: http://www.htsnm.org

Indian Assn. of NM: http://www.abqindia.com


Gamelan Encantada plays music from central Java, Jenny DeBouzek jenny@gamelanencantada.net, www.gamelanencantada.net

Indonesian Association, Tami Carney, titaapr04@yahoo.com.

Indonesian Shadow Puppets for Sale: Dini Shaffer djuag@yahoo.com.


Miyagi Ryu Nosho Kai School of Okinawan Dance (NM Branch), Sanae at 505-298-3163, sanaewright@mindspring.com

New Mexico Japanese American Citizens’ League: The JACL’s mission is to secure and uphold the civil and human rights of all people and to preserve the cultural heritage and values of Japanese Americans. Steve Togami – President

Phone: 505-565-2185
email: info@nmjacl.org

Japanese Folk Dancing/Taiko Drumming. Natsuko, 505-292-7061, edelmannat@hotmail.com.

NM Taiko, Anita, 505-294-6993, mail@NewMexicoTaiko.com.

Contact for Japanese community: Esther Churchill 6kalani4@comcast.net


Korean American Assn. of New Mexico holds Kimchi Festival in October (Celebrating the Harvest Moon).

Korean Community Center, 9607 Menaul Blvd. NE (NW corner of Menaul & Eubank). 505-271-1777, Kim Young, President, kiminnewmex@msn.com.

Korean Language School NM held at the Korean Community Center. Principal: Okmi Jun Blemel. Tel. 991-2160, nm.kls@hotmail.com.


Wat Lao Phoxaiyaram
308 Wisconsin St. NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Abbot: Somphone Phetdavone
President: Mr. Bounmy Mingkhamsavath
Event: Kathinna Dana (Oct-Nov)


Islamic Center of NM, 1100 Yale Blvd. SE, Alb., NM 87106
Taghrid Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble, Dawn, 505-620-2754, dawnmarielopez@hotmail.com.
Farfesha Studio, 2527 Virginia NE, Albuquerque, NM, 505-797-8116.


Nepali Dance Group, Suju, simsuju@gmail.com.


Dance Tahiti, dancetahiti@aol.com.


Wat Buddhamongkolnimit, 320 Louisiana SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, Tel. 268-4983
Abbot: Chareon Suksang Music Instructor (Suo and Thai instruments) Kanokpun (Aon) Puttasiri. (Or contact Tikie Hodges tikie3372@gmail.com)

Buddhist Center of NM (Theravada)
143-145 Madison NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
505-256-7520, email: sunthorn@flash.net
(Member: Thai Bhikkhus Council of USA)


Van Hanh Temple, 327 Georgia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Cultural Dancers, Anh-Dao, adbui@unm.edu .

Quang Minh Buddhist Temple, 420 Pennsylvania SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Tel. 505-266-9042