Hosts 33rd Annual Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Program Photos by Bill Branson
The Chinese Dancers perform “Summer
Blossoms — Girls in Flowers Dance,” which exhibits
flexible waist movements.
Members of the Pushpanjali School of Dance perform the traditional
Indian piece, “Bharat-Natyam Classical Dance.”
Balance and control are essential elements of
Indonesian dance movement.
Members of the Washington Jin
Ling Chinese Dancing Academy open the 33rd annual Asian/Pacific
Islander American Heritage Program on May 27 in Masur Auditorium
with a performance of the “Spring Dance.”
The “Soljang-goo Dance” is performed while carrying
the janggu, an hourglass-shaped drum that is the most widely
used percussion instrument in traditional Korean music. The
dancer/drummer is from the Washington Korean Dance Company.
The traditional Indonesian “Peacock Dance” is
performed by a member of the Seni Budaya Theater Dance Association
The “Yi Minority Dance” reflects
the style of the Chinese province of Yunnan.
Guests and performers alike enjoyed traditional
Asian/Pacific Islander pastries, noodles and desserts following
At a brief opening ceremony to the program,
themed “Progress with Diversity,” several speakers
elaborated on the nation’s need to live up to its ideal
of equality for all. Among them were (from l) Del. Susan C.
Lee (D-Montgomery County) of the Maryland House of Delegates;
Dr. Hameed Khan of NICHD, who emceed the program; Dr. Richard
Nakamura, NIMH deputy director; and Prahlad Mathur, president
of the NIH Asian/Pacific Islander American Organization.