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From left, Seaman Keith Collier, Petty Officer 2nd Class Neil Chichester and Seaman Erica Coleman get an origami lesson from Petty Officer 1st Class Arlene Jones and her 13-year-old son Emmanuel during Naval Health Clinic Quantico’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebration May 22, 2013.

Photo by Mike DiCicco

Japanese arts, Filipino foods mark Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at MCB Quantico clinic

31 May 2013 | Mike DiCicco Marine Corps Base Quantico

Naval Health Clinic Quantico got a taste of Asian culture during its celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebration, marked with demonstrations, food and a classic, seven-circuit labyrinth outlined in ribbon on the lawn.

Personnel got a chance to try the Japanese paper-folding art of origami, watch the Japanese cloth-wrapping art of furoshiki and fill up on Filipino food during the lunch hour May 22, 2013. The labyrinth — which differs from a maze in that it has no wrong turns or dead ends — is a meditative tool that has found its way into hospital settings in recent years as a stress reducer.

May was chosen as national Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. in May of 1843, as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad — largely built by Chinese immigrants — in May of 1869.


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