In the first exhibition of its kind, the Smithsonian celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of incredibly diverse cultures, and explores how Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. I Want the Wide American Earth, created by SITES and the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Amerian Center, is as much a chronicle of the struggles of APAs as it is a story of their resilience and achievement. The exhibition carries the narrative to the present day and celebrates APA individuals and communities that continue to flourish and contribute to every arena of American life.
Intended for a variety of spaces, this easy-to-install exhibition is comprised of 30 freestanding banners with rarely seen archival photographs. I Want the Wide American Earth is rich in public program possibilities: host an APA film or lecture series; ask your community to share their immigration stories; invite local cultural groups for a dance performance or literary readings. The possibilities are endless!For more information, contact Minnie Russell, 202-633-3160.
To reach even more audiences SITES has developed a free educational poster set based on the exhibition. This set of eight visually-compelling posters offers students, regardless of heritage and family history, the opportunity to be engaged and learn through related activities and lessons in social studies, creative writing, art, and communications. And check out the cool e-comic, created by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center, that vibrantly addresses key topics from the exhibition. Follow more Asian Pacific American Heritage activities with the hashtag #IamBeyond.