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Asian American Heritage Month Celebrations Set, May 9 and 23

The NIH chapter of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council invites NIH’ers to a 2018 HHS Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance on Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Featured speakers include Holly Ham, executive director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Dr. Matthew Y.C. Lin, HHS deputy assistant secretary for minority health. There will be a networking session from noon to 1 p.m.

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This year’s Asian Heritage Celebration at NIH, on Wednesday, May 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Bldg. 31 patio, will feature a fashion show. Attendees will see colorful clothing and costumes from several traditions including Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Indian, as modeled by volunteer NIH staff.

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization has sponsored annual observances of Asian American history and heritage at NIH for many years. Enjoy traditional Indian dance and a Chinese music ensemble. You can learn about Chinese calligraphy and Japanese origami and participate in a tai chi group exercise. Asian foods, as well as jewelry and accessories, will be available for sale. Several NIH organizations, institutes and centers will also have information tables.

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