The annual AAPI Heritage Month celebration at Coast Guard Headquarters was spearheaded by FAPAC-USCG members who worked months in advance to bring a successful and highly attended event.
This year's Keynote Speaker, Mr. Terry Shima of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team of WWII, gave CGHQ audience first had account of the 5000+ Japanese Nisei's eager to prove their loyalty to their country, the United States, while their families were living in U.S. internment camps during tense years of WWII. He also highlighted contributions by other groups who helped defeat Japanese aggression in the Pacific.
The program included a performance by FAPAC-USCG members who performed a traditional Philippine folk dance called "Tinikling". This is where dancers imitate the "tikling" bird's legendary grace and speed by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles.
The event also featured the Ukelele Hui dance group who performed Polynesian dances after the program.
It is not a proper AAPI event without food. FAPAC-USCG members contributed to a great sampling of cultural dishes from Asia and the Islands for all attendees. This topped off the successful event with attendees learning of Nisei's desire to serve the country and entertained by our talented members and guest Polynesian dancers.
Check out the photos below to see how it went.