|Members of the Wong Family Lion Dance Group perform. Raymond Wong explained that the tradition brings good luck to all and can be
found throughout Asia.
The NIH community enjoyed an outdoor program
of Asian food and culture on May 24. Opening the
event, Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director
for intramural research, explained that Congress
designated every May to be Asian Pacific American
Heritage Month. He highlighted contributions of Asian
American scientists at NIH and in academia, industry,
nonprofit organizations and other government
agencies to the betterment of the global community.
The event, which included music, dance, tai chi,
art demonstrations and information tables, was
organized by the NIH Asian and Pacific Islander
American Organization (APAO), which also coordinated
with Eurest Food Services to provide different
Attendees learned about services of the PHS Asian
Pacific American officers committee, the NIH
Employee Assistance Program, NIMHD, NIAMS,
and the NIH Federal Credit Union. Area community
groups provided information displays.
APAO, active at NIH since 1996, sponsors lectures
and discussions and works closely with the Office of
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to present training
opportunities to the NIH community.
|Sandra Oh (front, c) leads the Korean Mae-Hwa Dancing Group, a high school alumnae dance troupe that reunites regularly to learn dance, share Korean culture and stay healthy.
|Art in progress at NIH’s 2017 Asian American Heritage Month Celebration: APAO members write out names in Chinese calligraphy (Hui Chen) and teach Japanese origami folding (Shioko Kimura).
|ABOVE: At left are Huonggiang Le and Thomas Tran of the Association of Vietnamese Americans,
which provides community services and promotes cultural understanding. In center photo, guest chef
Robert Rivera is ready to serve Filipino chicken adobo platters. At right, Integral Tai Chi Group with
instructor Hoang-Tam Hiltons (c) of NIH, demonstrated how regular practice of Tai Chi benefits balance,
strength and a sense of well-being.
|Dr. Xiaobin Guan of NHGRI plays the erhu, a two-string Chinese instrument. At right, attendees learn basic movements, which are closely tied to observations of nature and animals.
PHOTOS: KATIE CHAN