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NIH Celebrates Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage

Photos by Bill Branson

The 31st annual NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program was held in two parts last month — a celebration of culture and cuisine on May 16 and a salute to the performing arts on May 30. These scenes from the events capture the spirit.
The Chinese Lion Dance, complete with musicians (above) and the sometimes two-story feline itself (below, l) was performed outdoors in front of Bldg. 31A. Despite this spring's often damp conditions, attendees and dancers found dry spots from which to enjoy the festivities.

Braving the beast: Dr. Victor Fung feeds the lion during the Chinese Lion Dance.

The NIH Tae Kwon Do Club demonstrates several self-defense techniques during the May 16 event.

A Korean Royal Court Dance performer.

Masayo Ishigure plays the koto (Japanese).

Performers from the
Pushpanjali School of Dance

Several Indian folk dances were featured at the program celebrating cultural music and performing arts on May 30 in Masur Auditorium.

Cambodian
Sovan Machha (golden fish) Dance.

A performer of the
Korean Drum Dance.

The Cambodian Umbrella Dance is performed.

Amelia (l), daughter of NIH'er Tony Itteilag, is among the umbrella troupe.

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