Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
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Through exhibitions, programs, research, and collaboration, the APA Center seeks to improve the public's appreciation of the rols of APAs in the history of the nation and empower APA communities by increasing their sense of inclusion into the national culture. The center has provided leadership, vision, and support for APA activities at the Smithsonian and has also served as the Smithsonian's liaison to APA communities. The center's founding director, Dr. Franklin Odo, retired in January 2010. Dr. Konrad Ng currently serves as director.
In 1997, the Smithsonian Institution established an advisory group headed by Norman Y. Mineta with a mandate to research, deliberate, and then report to Secretary I. Michael Heyman on the Institution's ability to increase and diffuse knowledge about the nation's richly diverse APA communities.
The Asian Pacific American National Advisory Group's final report, released in June 1998, called for the creation of a program for Asian Pacific American Studies. This central program would provide vision, leadership, and support for all APA activities at the Smithsonian, while serving as a liaison to APA communities.
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has had significant impact on how the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex, is evolving to better reflect the diversity of our nation of immigrants and indigenous peoples.
- CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality
- CTRL+ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures
- Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
- I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
- Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
- Sweet and Sour
- Singgalot: The Ties that Bind
- Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon
- Creating Hawaii
- Barriers to Bridges
- Gliding to Golden Vistory—Apolo Ohno's skates
- Japanese American Pioneers of the Jet Age
- Through my Father's Eyes
- Miracle under the Waves
- Do-Ho Suh's Staircase IV
- Dreams and Reality
- A More Perfection Union
- Kaho'olawe: Ke Aloha Kupa'a I Ka'Aina
- On Gold Mountiain
- Gateway to Gold Mountain
- Fly to Freedom
- From Bento to Mixed Plate
Acting Director: Jeanny Kim Curator: Adriel Luis Curator: Lawrence Minh-Davis Curator: Kālewa Correa Program Manager: Nafisa Isa Development Associate: Clara Kim
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