Exhibit on Asian America
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This exhibit was created as an introduction to the history, culture, politics, activism, and social contexts of the experiences of Asian Americans. Especially during Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, we want to emphasize the importance of mapping and understanding our histories—through stories, photos, policies, art, literature— and how they have shaped our experiences as Asian Americans today. This exhibit is split up into 5 themes: histories of inclusion and exclusion; activism; high-stakes topics and current events; culture; and identity. Within these sections, our committee members have curated content that provides a snapshot of progress and development of the Asian American identity, through the lens of that certain theme. Consider reflecting on and defining what the Asian American identity means to you, at the middle table. As you peruse and take in our exhibit, we hope you gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the struggles, experiences, nuances, and realities of our Asian American community. If you are Asian American, we truly hope this exhibit has empowered you to explore deeper within yourself for what it means to be an Asian American. During this month, reflect on our legacies in the US; we do not care to have our experiences, histories, and struggles defined by anyone else but ourselves.