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

By Mike DiCicco | | May 31, 2013


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.

Writer: mdicicco@quanticosentryonline.com

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