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June 30, 2017
Asian American Heritage Month Celebrated at NIH

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.
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 Asian cuisines.

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.
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) teach Japanese origami folding (Shioko Kimura).
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).

Huonggiang Le and Thomas Tran of the Association of Vietnamese Americans, which provides community services and promotes cultural understanding. guest chef Robert Rivera is ready to serve Filipino chicken adobo platters. 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.
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 twostring Chinese instrument. Attendees learn basic movements, which are closely tied to observations of nature and animals.
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

 

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