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Goodfellow holds Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon

With a precise amount of force and direction, Staff Sgt. Jenny Tuckett of the 316th Training Squadron splits a block of wood with a kick while Michael Sekach of Choi’s Tae Kwon Do holds on. The breaking of the wood blocks was part of a martial arts demonstration performed during the 2007 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon, held Tuesday at the Goodfellow Events Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek).

With a precise amount of force and direction, Staff Sgt. Jenny Tuckett of the 316th Training Squadron splits a block of wood with a kick while Michael Sekach of Choi’s Tae Kwon Do holds on. The breaking of the wood blocks was part of a martial arts demonstration performed during the 2007 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon, held Tuesday at the Goodfellow Events Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek).

Guests at the 2007 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon treat themselves to a buffet-style menu of meals common to Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, such as fried rice, beef bulgogi and kim chee. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Guests at the 2007 Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon treat themselves to a buffet-style menu of meals common to Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, such as fried rice, beef bulgogi and kim chee. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan provides Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon guests with a demonstration of the hula. The hula is a dance native to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan provides Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon guests with a demonstration of the hula. The hula is a dance native to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Committee observed National Asian / Pacific Heritage Month by hosting their Asian / Pacific Islander Heritage Luncheon Tuesday at the Events Center.

More than 100 people took part in the event designed to raise cultural awareness and appreciation on base and the local area about the historical and social contributions Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to the rich history of the United States.

The event featured a buffet-style menu of meals common to Asian and Pacific Islander cultures such as fried rice, beef bulgogi and kim chee.

The luncheon also featured hula dancing and tae kwon do demonstrations.

"I was able to show the people of Goodfellow a part of my Hawaiian culture with an interpretive dance (the hula) well known throughout the Hawaiian community," said Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan, treasurer of the Asian / Pacific Heritage Committee. "It gives those who are unable to travel to the Pacific Islands a chance to experience the culture firsthand," she added.