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Let’s put #APAEverywhere! Together, we can share #APAEverywhere in communities around the country. Collect #APAEverywhere passport stamps by completing the challenges. The #APAEverywhere Challenge opened May 1, 2015, and will continue through May 31, 2015. Created your account but not sure where to start? Click here.

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Darsh Singh

3 Points

Tell us about your favorite book by an Asian Pacific American author or with an Asian Pacific American character #WeNeedDiverseBooks #APAEverywhere.

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Tell us where you have found examples of #APAEverywhere in your community. Login and post on #APAEverywhere to receive the Saint Malo stamp for 1 point. Be sure to tag it #APAEverywhere!

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Educational Resources & Toolkit

Young Historians, Living Histories is an educational program that asked students to create videos about Asian Pacific American History. Watch the student videos here and look at the Young Historians, Living Histories curriculum.

The #APAEverywhere toolkit is available for free online or in hard copy. Please email us at apac@si.edu to request a copy. Hard copies are available subject to availability.

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What is #APAEverywhere?

Signed into law in 1978, the commemorative legislation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a living recognition of America’s Asian Pacific heritage. In essence, it recognizes that the diverse, multiracial, and multiethnic Asian Pacific American experience is a long, expansive, and quintessentially American story full of inspiration, often discovered rather than generally known.

Asian Pacific Americans are everywhere.

Asian Pacific Americans are the faces of American history—the Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander laborers who built America’s farms and laid its railroads, contributed to advances in American life and fought to preserve our most cherished American values, affirming what it means to be an American citizen in the courtrooms and on the streets, on the battlefield and in public office.

Asian Pacific America is discovered in cities and small towns across the country, and part of the nation’s highest recognitions and accolades across the arts and sciences, in athletics, cuisine, commerce, and service, and are the faces of those in search of advocacy, care, and dignity. Asian Pacific America is discovered around the world, in sports and culture, and as diplomats, soldiers and aid workers, or as family members, entrepreneurs, scientists, and more.

Asian Pacific America is everywhere.

Featured Program

Asian American Literature Today

May 4, 2015 | Workshop 3-4pm; Reading 4-5:30pm
Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress

Poets Cathy Linh Che, Ocean Vuong, R.A. Villanueva, and Eugenia Leigh will lead a workshop on poetry, early writing career development, and writing as poets of color, then read from their work and discuss the state of Asian American poetry today.

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Smithsonian Events


Korea Day: Family Festival
Freer and Sackler Galleries | May 3, 11am–4pm

Diwali: A Cultural Adventure
Anacostia Community Museum | May 3, 2–4pm

Storybook Reading and Hands-On Activity
National Museum of the American Indian, New York City | May 9, 1pm

Hawaiian Cultural Festival
National Museum of the American Indian | May 16-17, 10:30am–4:30pm

My Travel Storybook
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, ImaginAsia Classroom, Sublevel 2 | May 23–24 & May 30–31, 1–4pm

Portrait Story Days: Anna May Wong
National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, First Floor | May 23, 1–4pm
and May 24, 2–5pm

Portrait Story Days: Isamu Noguchi
National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, First Floor | May 30, 1–4pm and May 31, 2–5pm


Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
National Museum of Natural History | 10am–5:30pm

Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art
8th & F St. NW, Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery | 11:30am–7:00pm

The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Smithsonian American Art Museum | 11:30am–7pm

Talks & Tours

Tea Talks with Teaism
American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center | May 16, 1:30pm

Gallery Talk: Yasuo Kuniyoshi
American Art Museum, G Street Lobby | May 7, 5:30pm

Films & Performances

On Screen at NMAI: Legends of Hawai’i
National Museum of the American Indian, New York City | April 27–May 31, 1 and 3pm (Thursdays, 5:30pm)

Rhythm Cafe: Jazz from the Land of the Morning Calm
Anacostia Community Museum | May 16, 2–4pm

Community Events

We are compiling a list of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month events around the country. Tell us about yours.

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APA Collections

Have you always wanted to know where you could find APA history, art, and culture in the Smithsonian museums? Our APA Collections digital exhibition interprets some of the artifacts on display from the Asian Pacific American perspective. The exhibition premieres on May 15, 2015. Check back then!