Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
May 11 - September 22, 2013
Portraiture Now displays the diversity of contemporary Asian American identity through the groundbreaking work of seven visual artists—CYJO, Zhang Chun Hong, Hye Yeon Nam, Shizu Saldamando, Roger Shimomura, Satomi Shirai, and Tam Tran.
Nearly seven decades after the beginning of World War II, the Congressional Gold Medal—the nation’s highest civilian award—was bestowed collectively on the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service for their extraordinary accomplishments in the war. The men in these units, comprised almost entirely of persons of Japanese ancestry, fought with bravery and valor against America’s enemies on the battlefields in Europe and Asia, even while many of their parents and other family members were held in internment camps.
Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History
April 7 - August 25, 2013
The 2010 U.S. Census revealed that the number of people who consider themselves as multiracial is increasing such that, by the next census count, a majority of the Japanese American community will become multiracial. Explore the diverse and complex history of the mixed-race and mixed-roots Japanese American experience.
Incorporating hundreds of objects, documents and photographs collected by the National Museum, this exhibition chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, beginning with the early days of the Issei pioneers through the World War II incarceration to the present.
Levine Museum of the New South
Charlotte, North Carolina
About the Exhibition
Through the diverse perspectives of seven ordinary citizens whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II, this exhibition asks visitors to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America.