New Exhibit, I Want the Wide American Earth, Explores the Role of Asian and Pacific Immigrants in the U.S.

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For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
816.701.3669
New Exhibit, I Want the Wide American Earth, Explores the Role of Asian and Pacific Immigrants in the U.S.

Asian and Pacific Americans make up more than 5 percent of the U.S. population - over 17 million people - and those numbers are growing.

Their story is told in the first-of-its kind traveling exhibit, I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, on display from June 21 through August 31, 2014, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Rich with compelling, often surprising stories, this sweeping exhibition explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by our nation's history - from the very first Asian immigrants to the influx of highly skilled workers many decades later. They hammered spikes in the Transcontinental Railroad, fought on both sides in the Civil War, and helped build the nation's agricultural system on plantations in Hawaii and farms in California.

They've also struggled with legal exclusion, civil rights violations, and unlawful detention. Recall the 120,000 Japanese who were interred during World War II.

I Want the Wide American Earth was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center,and is supported by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Admission to the exhibit is free. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.

 

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