Dinner, show celebrating Asian cultures planned for May 30

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comMay 11, 2014 

  • If you go

    To purchase tickets for the 2014 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Dinner and Show, contact:

    • Markus Guinn, Naval Hospital Beaufort: 843-228-5327, Markus.Guinn@med.navy.mil
    • Maria Eloisa Almazar, Naval Hospital Beaufort: 843-228-5282, MariaEloisa.Almazar@med.navy.mil
    • Cynthia Golson, Parris Island: 843-228-2647, cynthia.golson@usmc.mil
    • Jong Gamboa, Parris Island: 843-228-4198, jong.gamboa@med.navy.mil
    • Liberty Ouzts, Parris Island: 843-228-2864, liberty.ouzts@med.navy.mil
    • Tamara McMillan, MCAS Beaufort: 843-228-7936, Tamara.S.McMillan@usmc.mil
    • Kyle Nelson, 843-228-7512, Kyle.Nelson@med.navy.mil

    Tickets are free for children 5 years old and younger, $6 for children 6 to 12 years old, and $16 for all others. The event is open to the public.

An event celebrating Asian cuisine and culture is returning to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island this month.

The 2014 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Dinner and Show will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 30 at the Lyceum on Parris Island, committee chairman Jong Gamboa said. The event, which began in 2011, is returning after a one-year hiatus, he said.

The menu will include foods such as lumpia spring rolls from the Philippines, masala from India, and chicken teriyaki from Japan. Gamboa said the committee previously sold $3,000 worth of the lumpia rolls to pay for the event.

In addition to food, performances will include various dance styles from Asian countries and a martial arts demonstration. One of the dances, a hula from the Philippines, will be performed by a Marine Corps officer who recently returned from Afghanistan, Gamboa said.

A fashion show will feature clothing from South Korea, Thailand, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, and Hawaii, Gamboa said. The commanding officers of all three area facilities -- Marine Corp Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Naval Hospital Beaufort -- have been invited to speak.

Gamboa, a 26-year U.S. Navy veteran and the clinic manager at Parris Island, hopes for a crowd of 600. Tickets will not be available at the door because the food must be prepared in advance, he said.

"It's a time to remember our heritage, where we came from," he said. "For non-Asians, it's a time to get to know Asian cultures."

Follow reporter Matt McNab at twitter.com/IPBG_Matt.

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