Events

June 7, 2012

Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage

Tags:
Story and photos by Kenneth Drylie
Command Information Officer

Community members and performers release paper lanterns into the air during Fort Irwin’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 30 at Jackrabbit Park.

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin celebrated Asian-Pacific American Heritage month with activities at Jack Rabbit Park on May 30.

Asian-Pacific encompasses the entire Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. President Jimmy Carter signed a bill establishing Asian-Pacific Heritage week in 1978. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The celebration included performances by Samoa Mo Samoa dance group, Taiko Center Drum Group, and the flying of sky lanterns. There were also displays highlighting the Asian-Pacific culture and a sampling of foods from Asian-Pacific nations.

A drummer raises his arms during a performance of Japanese Taiko drumming during Fort Irwin’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 30 at Jackrabbit Park.

Community members wait in line for food during Fort Irwin’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 30 at Jackrabbit Park.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A dancer crouches during a performance at Fort Irwin’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 30 at Jackrabbit Park.

Members of Samoa Mo Samoa perform during Fort Irwin’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 30 at Jackrabbit Park.

A young member of Samoa Mo Samoa blows a note on a conch shell during Fort Irwin’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 30 at Jackrabbit Park.

Spc. Jose Villanueva, 2nd Heavy Equipment Transportation Company, performs with Japanese Taiko drummers during Fort Irwin’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Month celebration May 30 at Jackrabbit Park.




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


 
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

Focused on the battle against TBI’s

Gustavo Bahena Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead, commander of United States Army Medical Department Activity here, and Shannon O’ Kelley, chief operating officer of the UCLA Health System, sign a memorandum of agreement at For...
 
 
Photo by Serina Viers, MEDDAC

After foot amputation, Soldier’s mission is to remain infantry

Photo by Serina Viers, MEDDAC Spc. Kevin Nguyen performs an Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort Irwin, March 12. Staff Sgt. Rafael Machuca (right) of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, here, administered the APFT. Sergeant 1st C...
 
 
Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office

Vietnam Veterans converge on Fort Irwin for tribute

Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office A Vietnam War Veteran returns the salute of a young U.S. Naval Sea Cadet. The exchange took place at the 2014 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony, here, March 28. Home of the Nati...
 

 
Photo by Carlo Casem, Training Support Center

Retired K9 finds peace with veteran family

Photo by Carlo Casem, Training Support Center Max, a retired military working dog, was given a certificate, medal and doggie toys by the War Dogs Association Chapter 1-Western Region, a non-profit that supports handlers and ado...
 
 

News Briefs April 4, 2014

Ongoing Free tax preparation services. Fort Irwin Tax Center, building 288. All Active Duty, Retirees, and their dependents, as well as Reserve and National Guard on orders for more than 30 days, can use the Tax Center for free tax preparation. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for an appointment at 380-3604....
 
 
CW3-shows-helicopter

School Age Services children learn about safety, helicopter mission

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rob Lopez, a UH-72 A Lakota helicopter pilot with B Company, 2916th Aviation Battalion here, speaks to children from the School Age Services program about the Sokol helicopter mission at the National Tra...
 




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=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin