ALAMEDA -- People can enjoy music, take part in a noodle slurping contest and salute Asian-American veterans on Sunday during the Fourth Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Festival at Alameda South Shore Center.
There also will be health screenings and other activities at the free event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Among the veterans expected to attend is Eddie Fung, now 91 and believed to be the only Chinese-American soldier captured by the Japanese during World War II.
Fung, who lives in Santa Cruz, was serving with a battalion of all Texans when he was captured in Java in March 1942.
He was sent to work on the notorious Burma Railway, where about 100,000 laborers died, including more than 12,000 Allied prisoners.
After the war, Fung studied chemistry at Stanford University and worked as a metallurgist and a researcher at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
Other veterans who will be on hand Sunday include retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Helen Wong and U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Vivianne Louie.
Headlining the musical entertainment will be Patrick Landeza, the Hawaiian slack key guitarist who won a 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award. The awards are considered the premier music awards of Hawaii.
The others scheduled to perform are Michael Sea, Buk Sing Lay Fut, Intensity Martial Arts, Okinawan Dance Academy, Halau Makana, American Center for Philippine Arts and China Spirit.
The Eagles and Elks clubs of Alameda will be taking part in the speed noodle slurping contests.
There will also be an Asian noodle cook-off, when people can purchase tickets to taste test and vote for your noodles prepared on the spot by local restaurants. Proceeds from the cookoff will benefit American Legion Alameda Post 9 and the Veterans Success Center.
What: fourth annual Asian and Pacific Islander cultural festival in Alameda, featuring music, entertainment, Asian foods and a ceremony honoring Asian-American veterans
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SundayWhere: Alameda South Shore Center