Yokota to celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- In observance of National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Yokota Air Base will hold a number of events throughout May. This year's theme is "Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion."
The schedule of events is as follows:
May 10 is the Asian-Pacific American Heritage kick-off extravaganza at Sakura Shell from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event is a chance for base personnel to experience Asian cuisine, music and dance and receive educational information.
"I thought what better way to kick off the month than through cultural performances and food tasting," said Tech. Sgt. Cybel Luna, 374 Medical Support Squadron Nutritional Medicine non-commissioned officer in charge and event point of contact. "In doing so, it honors the diverse traditions of the Asian and Pacific Island spirit."
May 16 features an Asian-Pacific themed meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Medical Clinic dining facility.
Educational book readings at Yokota Base Library and Yokota's Elementary Schools take place throughout May. Volunteers will read to children and help them celebrate and learn about the service and contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans. These will take place every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Yokota's West Elementary School and at the base library May 9 and 13 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month culminates May 30 with a luncheon at the Enlisted Club ballroom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The guest speaker for the event is Chief Master Sgt. Rick Ramos with the 515th Air Mobility Operations Group.
"It's important to recognize Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month because it's a time we can memorialize the sacrifices and celebrate the achievements and successes of many Asian-Pacific Americans," said Tech. Sgt. Jessica Player with the 374th Airlift Wing Equal Opportunity Office. "We embrace their cultural values because it helps unite our communities and excel, not by our ethnicities, but as Americans. Their legacies serve to inspire us for generations to come and illustrate that diversity is key in building leaders in the future."
May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese.
For more information, call the Equal Opportunity Office at 225-9410.