Goodfellow hosts 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon

Senior Airman Kamaile Chan dances the hula ‘auana (modern dance), representing the focal point of the Hawaiian culture during the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon May 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

Senior Airman Kamaile Chan dances the hula ‘auana (modern dance), representing the focal point of the Hawaiian culture during the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon May 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

Gwen Davis, of Tai Chi Concho, performs the Chinese silk fan tai chi routine during the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon May 21. Several members from Tai Chi Concho performed for the audience using swords, fans and hand movements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

Gwen Davis, of Tai Chi Concho, performs the Chinese silk fan tai chi routine during the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon May 21. Several members from Tai Chi Concho performed for the audience using swords, fans and hand movements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

Yong Conomacos starts the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon festivities with a Korean drum dance. Three drums were used during the dance where all parts of her body were applied to make the sound of the drum, incorporating graceful, yet powerful, acrobatic movements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

Yong Conomacos starts the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon festivities with a Korean drum dance. Three drums were used during the dance where all parts of her body were applied to make the sound of the drum, incorporating graceful, yet powerful, acrobatic movements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

Master Sgt. Alejandro Cachola and Peter Cox, Members of the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Committee, cut the “polynesian style” pig during the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon May 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

Master Sgt. Alejandro Cachola and Peter Cox, Members of the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Committee, cut the “polynesian style” pig during the 2008 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon May 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rogerio Walcott)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- In celebration of May being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month--the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Committee held their annual luncheon at the Event Center May 21.

Food and entertainment were provided by members of the committee. From Korea to China, Hawaii to Thailand, many different Asian cultures were represented through song, dance, and of course, delicious food with dishes such as beef bulgogi and kim chee from Korea, Papaya salad from Thailand, Pancit and Lumpia (egg rolls) from the Phillippines, sushi from Japan, and a "Polynesian style" pig representing the traditional "kalua pig" that is popular in Hawaii.

Yong Conomacos, APIHC treasurer, prepared the Korean dishes, and Airman 1st Class Jennifer Nonog performed a Filipino song. More than 200 military and civilian personnel were in attendance for the luncheon.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ehlers, 17th Training Group deputy commander and sponsor for the committee remarked, "The food was great, the performances were super, and the turn-out was outstanding."