• West Point cadets perform the Haka War Dance at the Asian-Pacific American Heritage celebration May 6 at Trophy Point. The annual festival honors Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and the achievements by these Americans with cultural demonstrations, dance and food.

    Celebration

    West Point cadets perform the Haka War Dance at the Asian-Pacific American Heritage celebration May 6 at Trophy Point. The annual festival honors Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and the achievements by these Americans with cultural...

  • Members of the Cadet Kendo Club, led by West Point Class of 2012 Cadet June Kimm, provide Kendo demonstrations at the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month May 6 at Trophy Point. The festival is held every year in honor of Asian-Pacific American heritage and its significant contributions, such as Chinese immigrants building American railroads. The festival provided food samplings, cultural dances and a martial arts demonstration.

    Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

    Members of the Cadet Kendo Club, led by West Point Class of 2012 Cadet June Kimm, provide Kendo demonstrations at the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month May 6 at Trophy Point. The festival is held every year in honor of Asian-Pacific American...

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.

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