Japanese arts, Filipino foods mark Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at MCB Quantico clinic
By Mike DiCicco
| | May 31, 2013
Clinic celebrates Asian, Pacific island cultures
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.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
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.