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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.

NIH'ers gather at the table sponsored by the Bangkok Garden, a Thai restaurant in Bethesda. Part of the proceeds from the sale of food benefitted the APAO scholarship fund.

The Mitra Kusuma Quartet plays gamelan music during the lunch event.

NLM's Janet Nguyen demonstrates the art of calligraphy at the lunchtime event at Bldg. 31's patio.

Artist Al Laoang (second from l), who has designed many of the annual posters for this event, enjoys lunch with friends May 12.

These ladies show off floral arrangements at the luncheon.

Dancers from the Washington Korean Dance Company whirl at the evening program

Members of the Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center perform in the three photos above.

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