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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910
An exhibit of more than a hundred fifty works drawn primarily from the National Museum of Korea dazzles with paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts in this first ever full-scale survey available to U.S. audiences.
Haiku Inspired by Itō Jakuchū’s Colorful Realm of Living Beings
This exhibition features the 30-scroll set of paintings by Itō Jakuchū, a renowned 18th century Japanese artist, and the haiku poetry that they inspired.
Veterans History Project
Asian Pacific Americans made lasting contributions to America’s wartime efforts. Collected stories highlight service from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.
Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.
2014 Event Highlights
Throughout the Month of May
Film: State of Aloha
Daily Screenings: Legends of Hawai’i Featuring the stories "Pele Searches for a Home" and "Why Māui Snared the Sun"
(Smithsonian Institution, American Indian Museum, NYC)
- May 3
Inspired by the exhibition, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation the day includes a scavenger hunt, a magic performance, an Indian dance workshop, storytelling for young children, henna painting and rangoli coloring.
(Smithsonian Institution, Natural History Museum)