JBER Celebrates Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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  • By Airman 1st Class Shelimar Rivera Rosado
  • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs

The 673d Force Support Squadron hosted a celebration at the Arctic Warrior Event Center on May 17, 2022, to commemorate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The celebration included unique dishes from AAPI cultures and performances of various dances of Polynesian descent, such as the Hawaiian ‘Hula’ dance, Tahitian ‘Ori Tahiti’ dance and the Samoan ‘Taualuga’ and ‘Siva’ dances.

“I love sharing my culture and heritage with people I meet and it always leaves a lasting impression,” said Nina Needham, a member of the AAPI community. “When people talk about May being AAPI Heritage month, people can’t wait to try the food, witness the dances, and partake in a small showcase of our culture and spirit.”

The event was an opportunity to demonstrate the contributions of the AAPI community to broader American culture. 

“This event is my home away from home,” said Master Sgt. Judith Berry, a pharmacy technician from the 673d Medical Support Squadron. “It doesn’t matter what background each one of us has in our group. We connect because we have the same passion for sharing with JBER our rich Asian and Pacific Islander culture.”

The event gave the JBER community a glimpse into the AAPI culture. It also served as an opportunity to connect, learn about different backgrounds and bring awareness to the importance of AAPI heritage in the United States.