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Young Historians, Living Histories

Press Release

An ongoing collaboration among the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Affiliations, and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Participants conduct interviews as part of their research of the Asian Pacific American experience

Young Historians, Living Histories engaged middle and high school students across the country to deepen their understanding of the Asian Pacific American experience as lived in their community. This project allowed participants to attend a one-week or a series of workshops at a nine Affiliate locations across the nation, where they learned about Asian Pacific American history and the foundations of community storytelling through digital technologies.

Participants conduct interviews as part of their research of the Asian Pacific American experience

Through this project, students learned about the experiences of their families and other people from their communities before they immigrated to America and how these experiences shaped their story in America. Youth learned about the APA experience by using curriculum based on the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Participants also learned elements of conducting research and oral histories. They used technology to produce short community heritage films that will be broadcast online by the Smithsonian and CAAM, and screened at the 32nd annual CAAM Film Festival, March 15, 2014, in San Francisco.

Nine Smithsonian Affiliate organizations hosted workshops for the youth. Participating Affiliates are:
Participants conduct interviews as part of their research of the Asian Pacific American experience

Funding is provided by the Smithsonian Youth Access Grant Program administered by the Office of the Smithsonian Assistant Secretary for Education and Access.

Join CAAM in welcoming these emerging media-makers and enjoy an exclusive premiere of their projects on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in San Francisco at the CAAM Film Festival.

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