Asian-Pacific culture celebrated at West Point
May 11, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. (May 11, 2011) -- Bright colors and exotic food appeared at Trophy Point May 6 for the 10th annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebration with food samplings from China, Korea, Philippines and Japan. Participants enjoyed performances of a variety of cultural dances and martial arts demonstrations.
Cadets entertained the audience with a hula, performed by the cadet hula club; a tinikling dance, which is dancing between moving bamboo sticks; the Haka War Dance; a kendo demonstration; and the three-time national champion West Point Judo Team showing some of its moves.
"We began planning this event only about two months before," Sgt. 1st Class Dwayne Key, equal opportunity advisor, said. "We included the Asian-Pacific cadet clubs who have helped with this for the last 10 years. This event always has a lot of cadet involvement."
Key said the event is catered locally with food coming from different restaurants in the local area and New Jersey.
The Asian-Pacific American Club is the primary ingredient in putting this event together with the help of sponsors, the Equal Opportunity Office and the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.