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Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986
October 12, 2013 - February 9, 2014

Through a selection of images from comic books representing four turbulent decades, Marvels & Monsters illustrates how evolving racial and cultural archetypes defined America’s perceptions of Asians. This exhibition draws from noted science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu’s comic book collection—the largest archive of comic books featuring Asians and Asian Americans—that was donated to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Japanese American laborers at Tule Lake War Relocation Center, Tule Lake, California. Library of Congress.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
September 14 - October 27, 2013

Asian Pacific Americans have a rich, deep-rooted history in the United States, spanning from the first immigrants in the 1800s to the multi-ethnic communities found today. Through a Smithsonian traveling display of 30 banners of poignant text, photographs, and art, I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story takes a sweeping look at how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history.

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.

American Heroes: Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal
May 4 - June 9, 2013

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.

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country
February 16 - April 14, 2013

Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States of America since its inception, contributing to our society in a myriad of ways, in particular in regard to public service. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history.

Supernatural: The Art of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters
February 9 - March 17, 2013

Traditions are an integral part of every community. Some of these come from superstitions that our ancestors carried with them.

Supernatural features the work of Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters—artists who have explored some of these otherworldly concepts, illustrating how traditional ideas have evolved and been adapted over time.

ON THE ROAD at Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, NC) - Fighting For Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People"?
January 19 - July 14, 2013

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

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.

ON THE ROAD at Houston - kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
November 9, 2012 - April 14, 2013

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Asia Society Texas Center
Houston, TX

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing more than 1,000 Hapa of all ages and walks of life. Originally a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for half, the word Hapa has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry.

ON THE ROAD at Highground Veterans Memorial Park (Neillsville, WI) - Fighting For Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People"?
November 1 - December 31, 2012

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Highground Veterans Memorial Park
Neillsville, WI

 

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.

 

 

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