City Councilman Chris Cate with drummers from Naruwan Taiko. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The Mira Mesa community is gearing up for a traditional Asian night market on May 30, with thousands of people expected to attend.

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate, whose district includes Mira Mesa, presented market organizers with a check for $10,000 Wednesday to help support the effort. He said the event is “an opportunity to recognize the rich and diverse background” of District 6, where one person in three is of Asian or Pacific Island background.

Mitz Lee

Mitz Lee, organizer of the D6 Night Market, said as many as 10,000 people are expected to attend the market and some 60 vendors and exhibitors are being lined up. Lee, a former San Diego Unified school board member, said the goal of the market is to bring the community together through “tremendous goodwill and energy.”

During the market, Cate and organizers plan to educate community members about the importance of voter registration.

A night market in Asian countries is an open-air street market which operates only at night. Typically, vendors are small-scale entrepreneurs with their market stands run, for the most part, by family.

The event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem Street. Attendees can expect Asian food, live entertainment and cultural exhibits.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.