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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.

For decades, “Asian in America” was not the same as “Asian American.” While the earliest immigrants struggled to be legally recognized as citizens, their descendants fought to be seen as “true” Americans. Additionally, Asian Pacific Americans have played key roles in some of the nation’s most important moments—from the long stretches of the Transcontinental Railroad to the toughest battles of World War II to the streets of Oakland to Washington D.C. Alongside some of history’s greatest names, they campaigned for civil rights and social justice—both for themselves and others.

Since the 1960s, and subsequent new waves of immigration, the demographic makeup of America and its cultural landscape has dramatically changed. I Want the Wide American Earth extends beyond the often tumultuous past and marks the unique challenges that exist in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society. As one of the fastest growing groups in the nation, Asian Pacific Americans continue to lead the way to the future, serving as pioneers in numerous fields as diverse as fashion design, sports, and science.

To complement this banner exhibition, the Japanese American National Museum will display key artifacts from its permanent collection that will give additional perspective to the Asian Pacific American experience. Other exhibition features include Our American Voice—a two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans held every Saturday in the gallery; a free 14-page graphic narrative of the Asian Pacific American story; and a mobile tour app featuring interviews with prominent Asian Pacific Americans.

 

 

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and curated by Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Initiative Coordinator Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis. The exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and is a collaborative initiative with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs.

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For press inquiries, contact mediarelations@janm.org or 213.625.0414.

Past Events

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Exhibition Closing

events/wide-american-earth-signature-150px.jpg I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story closes.

Sunday, October 27, 2013
2:00 PM

Carlos Bulosan: The Writer Is Also a Citizen

events/bulosan_photo.jpg FREE

Poet, novelist, essayist, fiction writer, and labor organizer Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956) left the Philippines at age 17 to look for work in the United States. What he found was racism, low-paying jobs, and a brilliant and unexpected literary career. In conjunction with the closing of the banner exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, whose title is taken from one of Bulosan's poems, five Filipino-American writers–including poet Barbara Jane Reyes (Diwata, For the City That Nearly Broke Me) and playwright and novelist Noёl Alumit (Letters to Montgomery Clift)–will read from Bulosan's diverse body of work and from their own in celebration of the centenary of this seminal writer, worker, and citizen.

Also featuring Rachelle Cruz, Giovanni Ortega, and Chris Santiago.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_6.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, October 19, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_5.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, October 12, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_4.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, October 5, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_3.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, September 28, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_1.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, September 21, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Exhibition Opening

events/wide-american-earth-signature-150px_1.jpg I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story opens.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_2.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Friday, September 13, 2013
6:30 PM—10:30 PM

Opening Party for I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story

events/FungBrosPromo.jpeg Join us for the opening party for I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story. The night will feature comedy and music from YouTube stars DANakaDAN + CREW LOVE and the Fung Brothers. Also, we will premier our new two-person show, Our American Voice, presented in partnership with East West Players.

Schedule:
6:30 PM -- Doors Open
6:30 PM -- Mighty Boba Truck will begin to serve bobas
7:00 PM -- Aloha Cafe will begin serving food
7:15 PM -- JANM & Smithsonian Welcomes
7:30 PM -- Our American Voice Performance #1
8:00 PM -- Our American Voice Performance #2
8:30 PM -- Our American Voice Performance #3
9:00 PM -- DANakaDAN + CREW LOVE performance
9:20 PM -- Fung Brothers performance
10:00 PM -- Last Museum entry
10:30 PM -- Museum closes.

To RSVP for this event, please email specialevents@janm.org or call 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

 

 

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