Events

May 4, 2012

May 1 kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Tags:
by 1st Lt. Katherine Ingle
AFOTEC, Detachment 1
Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry/Air Force graphic
Team Edwards members officially announced that May is 2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for the base at the Center Staff meeting May 1. They donned traditional Asian and Pacific Islander clothing for the announcement. From left: My Nga Day, 95th Air Base Wing; Robert Cruz, 95th Communications Squadron; Staff Sgt. Joseph Masei, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron; 2nd Lt. Peter Lee, 31st TES; Chief Master Sgt. Ruel Rafi, 95th CS; Doris Caasi, 95th CS.

The first of May marks the beginning of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating the cultures of the Asian continent and the Pacific island groups of Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia.

Originally decreed by a congressional bill in 1977, it became a Heritage Month by law in 1992 when it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

Historically, May was the month in which the first Japanese immigrants came to the United States in 1843 and the transcontinental railroad (completed mostly by Chinese immigrants) was finished in May of 1869.

Many examples of Asian Pacific American trailblazers from the 20th Century show how early and diverse an impact they have had. In 1932, the first licensed Chinese-American female aviator was Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, and the first Asian-American U.S. Congressional Representative was Indian-American Dalip Singh from California in 1956.

More recently, May 2, 2011, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to the family of Hawaiian-born Private First Class Anthony Kaho’ohanohano for his extraordinary heroism in Korea in 1951.

This year’s theme is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.”

Co-chairs from the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, 2nd Lt. Peter Lee and Master Sgt. John McGee, are aiming to put together an event that shows how accessible and integrated Asian Pacific culture is in America today.

A great example are foods such as kalua pork, sweet and sour ribs and teriyaki beef that have become staples here as in their homelands in Hawaii and Japan.

“Organizing the APA event is easily the most fulfilling opportunity I have been afforded during my two years here at Edwards AFB,” said Lee. “I joined the Air Force for three reasons: to help serve the community and nation, to lead people and to be part of a team. I feel that the Asian Pacific American event has given me the opportunity to do all these things.”

The 5th Annual Asian Pacific American Cultural Day will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m., May 17 at the Center of Excellence.

This year’s festivities include:

  • Culinary samples from Cambodia, China, Guam, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Samoa, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Cultural dances, instrumental performances, and songs from Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa and Hawaii
  • Martial Arts demonstrations
  • The Edwards Chiefs squaring off in a coconut grating competition
  • A Car show being judged by the Airman Leadership Council
  • New this year is Kid’s Corner, featuring a bouncy castle, face painting, origami, crafts and movies.

Tickets are $5. Children 10 and under free. The tickets are available for presale or at the door.

For more information, call (661) 275-6696 or e-mail Katherine.ingle@edwards.af.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Wesley Farnsworth

Wright-Patt hosts rapid improvement event for Air Force civilian hiring initiative

Air Force photograph by Wesley Farnsworth Tammy Lyons, chief of Air Force Materiel Command’s Personnel Support Division, captures the ideas of the group brainstorming for ways to improve the civilian hiring process during a m...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Patric Lovato

New CC at AFOTEC Det. 1

Air Force photograph by Patric Lovato Maj. Gen. Matthew H. Molloy (left), Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander, poses for a photo with new AFOTEC Detachment 1 commander, Col. Steven M. Ross, after Ross acc...
 
 

412th Test Wing names quarterly award winners

The 412th Test Wing recognized outstanding individual performances of the last three months with its quarterly award ceremony held in the base theater July 30. Congratulations to all the second quarter award winners. Airman of the Quarter Senior Airman Michael J. Pierson, 412th Maintenance Group Non Commissioned Officer of the Quarter Tech. Sgt. Latresia Pugh,...
 

 

TRICARE Online and MiCare have similarities, differences

TRICARE Online and MiCare Secure Messaging may seem to offer the same services, but there are important differences to these software tools, designed to enhance access to care for all military beneficiaries. “Both programs are endorsed by the Military Heath System, and although they may seem very similar, in actuality there are a few differences,”...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Railway company boards Edwards’ tracks

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber A BNSF Railway locomotive arrives at Edwards to retrieve a baretable train that was stored on Edwards AFB’s railroad tracks.   If you travelled through the North Gate recently, y...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Golf camp gets kids back into the ‘swing’ of things

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara At Muroc Lake Golf Course, children from the Edwards AFB community participated in a three-day junior golf camp July 22 to 24 where they learn all the different rules and aspects of the game o...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>