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Andersen celebrates Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

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  • By Airman 1st Class Alexandria N. Bland
  • 36th Civil Engineer Squadron
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated around the globe with community festivals, educational activities for children, and government sponsored activities. This month, the Special Observance Committee plans to bring Andersen Air Force Base a celebration unlike what has been seen in the last few years. 

Events to expect in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month are an Iron Chef Competition at the Commissary on May 19 and an Asian-related performance tied into the base's Memorial Day Bash on May 25. 

Many on Andersen are excited and deem it important for Andersen to take part in such a celebration. 

"It's important because we are on a Pacific island and there's so much diversity here," said Tasha Quiogue, a native on Guam and a prime vendor for the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron. "Most people don't get the chance to try local food or Asian food at all." 

The past few years, Andersen has not widely celebrated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, so people may be unaware of the fact that it is or how it came to be for that matter. 

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution proclaiming that the first ten days of May were chosen to memorialize two important milestones is Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and the contributions of Chinese workers in building the transcontinental railroad which was completed on May 10, 1869. 

This joint congressional resolution was introduced by Representatives Norman Mineta of California and Frank Horton of New York in June 1977. 

After several years had passed, many must have felt that ten days was not long enough. In 1992, Congress turned this 10-day remembrance into a month long celebration.
It has been nearly a decade since the commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage has been a month long celebration.

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