Breaking Barriers: Osan celebrates Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival

A Taekwondo instructor breaks bricks during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011 during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Taekwondo instructor breaks bricks during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011 during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Taekwondo student flips to break a board during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Taekwondo student flips to break a board during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Taekwondo student flips and breaks a board during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Taekwondo student flips and breaks a board during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A group of Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing prepare for a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A group of Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing prepare for a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing prepare for a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing prepare for a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing prepare for a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing prepare for a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing fight during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing fight during a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing bow after a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Koreans dressed in traditional military clothing bow after a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Korean dressed in traditional military clothing bows after a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Korean dressed in traditional military clothing bows after a martial arts performance Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Korean military honor guard performs a rifle drill demonstration Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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A Korean military honor guard performs a rifle drill demonstration Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

A Korean military honor guard performs a rifle drill demonstration Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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A Korean military honor guard performs a rifle drill demonstration Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

The Republic of Korea Air Force Band prepares to perform Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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The Republic of Korea Air Force Band prepares to perform Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

The Republic of Korea Air Force Band plays the American and Korean national anthems Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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The Republic of Korea Air Force Band plays the American and Korean national anthems Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Col. Patrick McKenzie, 51st Fighter Wing Commander, provides opening remarks Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Col. Patrick McKenzie, 51st Fighter Wing Commander, provides opening remarks Sept. 24, 2011, during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Mr. Pak, Yonghui (right), 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs, translates for Col. Patrick McKenzie (left), 51st Fighter Wing Commander, during opening remarks Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Mr. Pak, Yonghui (right), 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs, translates for Col. Patrick McKenzie (left), 51st Fighter Wing Commander, during opening remarks Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Members of the 51st Fighter Wing leadership watch a dance performance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Members of the 51st Fighter Wing leadership watch a dance performance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)
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Dancers perform a traditional Korean dance Sept. 24, 2011, at the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Americans and Koreans took time to break down some barriers and build their ever-growing friendship during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival here Sept. 24 and 25.

The two-day event was held at the Songtan International Civic Center, just outside the Morin Gate, and the festival slogans were: "We go together" Gatchi Kapshida, and "Be a good neighbor" Choen Eeut Doepshida.

Food, fun and culture were among things people could enjoy at the festival. There were activities for children and several cultural demonstrations throughout the two days.

"Over the years our neighbors in Songtan have continuously extended warm Korea hospitality and we always try to reciprocate that kindness as ambassadors of the United States," said Col. Patrick McKenzie, 51st Fighter Wing Commander.

The events featured this year included American and Korean music performers, several martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances, food and entertainment booths.

"This weekend's events offer another opportunity for members of Team Osan, both new and old, to experience Korean generosity, share our culture with Korean friends and learn more about our host nation," the colonel said.