NIH Marks 28th Anniversary of Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program
Photos by John Crawford and Bill Branson
The NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program celebrated its 28th anniversary this year. The festivities included a lunchtime program of Asian food and demonstrations of Asian arts and crafts on May 12 and an evening program of Asian music and dance on May 26.
There was a calligraphy demonstration and an exhibition of Indian rugs. The Mitra Kusuma Quartet played Balinese music. Cuisines from China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Thailand were represented. A percentage of the proceeds were donated to the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization scholarship fund.
The celebration continued at the evening program on May 26 with performances of music and dance from: China, by the Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center; India, by the Indian Dance Educators Association; Indonesia, by the Gamelan Mitra Kusuma Orchestra and Dance Troupe; and Korea, by the Washington Korean Dance Company. A Japanese fashion show featuring kimonos was also featured.
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