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June 7, 2012

Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage

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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.




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