Northern Virginia Women Share Chinese Culture and Fashion

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrated in May, was designated to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its success. A group of northern Virginia first generation immigrants often share their culture wearing the Chinese national dress, the qipao, and performing traditional dances. They collected at Occoquan Regional Park’s waterfront on Memorial Day for a photo shoot after their planned Memorial Day parade appearance was cancelled due to rain.

First generation Chinese immigrants wearing the traditional dress, the qipao pose flanked by their Qipao Fashion and Performing Group’s Teachers, Susan Chen (left) of Fairfax and Julia James (right), of Woodbridge. From left, Cathy Yang, Helen Liu, Sunny Green, Panda Xiong, Rose Hong, Wendy Wang, and Zhinan Chen