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Asian Cultural Program Set, May 22

Everyone is invited to continue the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22. As this year represents the start of a new quarter century for the Asian Heritage Program, it is fitting that most of the performers and musical pieces will be featured for the first time at NIH. The program will include performances of music and dance from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia and Korea.

The Cambodian Cultural Group will perform the classical dance "Aspara," and the "Coconut Folk Dance." The Asian American Arts Center will present four pieces including the humorous "Wedding Day," which depicts the wedding night of a very young groom and his bride of twice his age. The Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center will feature Chinese music and dance. Their program will include the "Fan Dance," a folk dance from the middle east of China that demonstrates various techniques of handling fans in fast rhythms. The Nritya Rangam Dance group will be introducing dances of Manipur to the NIH audience. The traditional dances of Manipur, a tiny state on the northeastern border of India, are famous for their variety and rich cultural significance. The Gamelan Mitra Kusuma will close the program with Balinese music and dance featuring a gamelan orchestra.

A reception in the Visitor Information Center will follow the program. All are invited to the reception to meet the artists and to feast on Asian pastries and snacks.

There is no admission charge for the program and reception, and no reservations are necessary. Since this is a popular event, it is recommended that you come early in order to secure a seat. As this is a family affair, children of all ages are welcome.

The program is sponsored by the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American heritage committee, the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization, several NIH components and the NIH Credit Union. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information and reasonable accommodation, call 496-2906 (v/tty), or contact Victor Fung, email: vf6n@nih.gov; or Molly Eng, 443-7810.


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