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Bolling celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month

(U.S. Air Force graphic)

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BOLLING AFB, D.C. -- Cooking demonstrations featuring Filipino Lumpia, Japanese Gyoza and Indian Curry Rice, and an Expo of cultural performances, embassy representatives and food sampling are a few of the events people can expect from this years Asian Pacific Heritage Month during the month of May.

The theme for this year is "Pursuing Excellence through Leadership, Diversity and Unity." 

Events are scheduled as follows:

Cooking demonstrations at the Bolling chapel center
May 15, noon to 1 p.m. -- Lumpia (Phillipines)
May 16, noon to 1 p.m. -- Gyoza (Japan)
May 17, noon to 1 p.m. -- Curry Rice (India)
May 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Expo at the community center including food sampling, cultural performances, embassy representatives and more.

In June 1977, Congress introduced a resolution that would designate the first ten days of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. As a result, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual event in 1979.

In May 1992, President George W. Bush signed legislation expanding the celebration to become Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May was chosen as the observance month to coincide with two important events in American history involving Asian Americans: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States (May 7, 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869) where most of the workers were Chinese immigrants.

Fore more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Robin McConnell at (202) 767-5665.