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Scott celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Scott Air Force Base is celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May with several events celebrating the Asian Pacific Islander culture.

This year’s theme is “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together.”

“The purpose for the month is to appreciate the multiple aspects of Asian Pacific American culture and what unique gifts they have contributed to America,” said 2nd Lt. Tahlia Clanagan, 375th Communications Support Squadron officer in charge of information assurance.

Recognizing Asian Pacific Americans and the many different cultures that are under that umbrella adds to the diversity characteristic that sets America a part from other places in the world. Putting a spotlight on Asian Pacific American culture encourages (others) to learn about another culture and create a dialogue of understanding.

2nd Lt. Tahlia Clanagan, 375th Communications Support Squadron officer in charge of information assurance

Clanagan said celebrating APIHM is important for Scott, specifically to bring exposure to and understanding of Asian Pacific Americans. Promoting unity with the culture also is “critical.”

“Recognizing Asian Pacific Americans and the many different cultures that are under that umbrella adds to the diversity characteristic that sets America apart from other places in the world,” said Clanagan. “Putting a spotlight on Asian Pacific American culture encourages (others) to learn about different cultures and create a dialogue of understanding.”

The base has scheduled various events to celebrate the heritage of Asian Pacific Americans. For starters, a free movie showing of “Kubo and The Two Strings” will take place May 12 at the Library Auditorium, and Airmen can enjoy a dinner in the Belleville dorm’s dayroom May 16.

Clanagan said the events are centered on the different characteristics of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures.

The base has scheduled various events to celebrate the heritage of Asian Pacific Americans.

In this regard, Korean decorative items and clothing, Polynesian dancing, and Hurricane Popcorn at the movie night are just a few of the many pieces that have been pulled together to celebrate the month.

Overall, extensive planning has taken place to properly celebrate the heritage and culture of those from Asian and Pacific Island nations.

“Undoubtedly, this has even left a lasting impression on those who have planned the events,” said Clanagan.

“It has been an enlightening experience. Collaborating with the group of Pacific Islanders that have ties to Scott AFB has been great. They’ve been so helpful and kind enough to help us with our events. Coordinating the events for the Wing has truly taught us the value of flexibility in the Air Force.”

Master Sgt. Mark Johnson, 375th CSPTS flight chief, said, “It has been an immense learning experience, not only with doing research about Asian and Pacific Islander history, but also with event coordination and planning.”

I am looking forward to the month’s culmination at the end of month celebration. I want to see various cultures represented in food, music, and dancing.

Master Sgt. Mark Johnson, 375th

“An Asian American and Pacific Islander Celebration is planned for May 23 to bring together everything celebrated throughout the month and to finish the heritage month the right way,” said Clanagan.

“I am looking forward to the month’s culmination at the end of month celebration. I want to see various cultures represented in food, music, and dancing,” said Johnson.

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