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Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Day: Saturday, May 19

April 16, 2012

Tradition and the performing arts collide in an exciting display of music, dancing and mesmerizing hands-on activities on Saturday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The Museum will be hosting the 16th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Day, celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages and unique experiences represented among ethnic groups from Asia and the Pacific.

Museum visitors will be treated to diverse performances including Chinese martial arts, East Indian dancing, Thai dancing, Filipino dancing and Japanese Taiko drumming. In addition to these performances, food samples will be provided by Talin Market and PF Chang’s, and there will be informal talks focusing on such subjects as Chinese medicine and an introduction to Asian teas. Opening remarks will be given by Kim Sawyer, Deputy Laboratories Director and Executive VP for Mission Support of Sandia National Labs.

“It is such an honor to host this very important cultural event for the sixteenth year,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “This presents such a rare opportunity for our Museum, which represents a permanent remembrance of material culture, to host an event that focuses on people and their unique and beautiful traditions.”

Sponsors for the celebration include Sandia National Laboratories Asian Leadership Outreach Committee, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Talin Market, PF Chang’s and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. There is no additional cost to attend the event beyond the Museum’s usual admission of $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.

For further information, contact the Museum at 245-2137, extension 114.

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