Author and artist to present book on immigrants at Asian American Celebration on May 24

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Images from “Portraits of Immigrants” by author Joe Kutchera and artist Alfonso Pérez Acosta

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will host author Joe Kutchera and artist Alfonso Pérez Acosta to present their new book, Portraits of immigrant voicesduring the 24th annual Asian American Celebration on May 21 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

The event is free and open to the general public. The two men will present the book on stage at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a book signing at 2:30 p.m. The book will be on sale for $40 during the event.

The Coffee Table Art Book features the portraits and stories of 22 immigrants who came to the Richmond area from around the world. Alfonso Pérez Acosta painted the original portraits, while Joe Kutchera wrote the personal stories. Proceeds from the author will benefit Afghan and Asian refugees who have settled in Virginia in a fund established and managed by the Asian American Society of Central Virginia, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization.

This book was made possible by a grant from the Verizon Foundation to the Asian American Society of Central Virginia.

The Asian American Celebration features cultural performances, food, hands-on activities, exhibit booths, and merchandise from Central Virginia’s Asian American communities. This year’s theme is “Weddings and Our Heritage”. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details, visit fb.me/e/1pRQnR209.


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Angela C. Hale