Taiwan's famous Techno Prince Nezha (電音三太子) dance, a unique performance combining traditional parade dance with club music, took the center stage at the inaugural AsiaFest in Houston on May 17.
Organized by the Asia Society Texas Center, AsiaFest was organized as a weekend event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The two-day festival offered food trucks representing the Bayou City's culinary diversity; fitness demonstrations such as yoga, tai chi, and muay thai; and performances ranging from taiko drums to folk dances and calligraphy.
A Techno Prince Nehza troupe led by Simon Lin (林承翰) kicked off their performance at the festival's main indoor stage on May 17, delighting audiences with two sets of elaborate, brightly colored costumes and electric beats. The practice originated with folk parade performers, who adopted sunglasses and LED lights to pique interest in the centuries-old religious procession.
Other popular Taiwanese highlights at the AsiaFest included the Chinese yo-yo (扯鈴) performances incorporated in the Techno Prince dance, calligraphy demonstrations by Chiang Chien-chao (江震遠), and an appearance by a visiting aboriginaldelegation representing seven indigenous Taiwanese tribes.