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A 2013 collaboration among the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Affiliations, and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Help us to continue to bring programs like these to Affiliate neighborhoods by donating to Smithsonian Affiliations. Make a difference today!

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Young Historians, Living Histories engaged middle and high school students across the country to deepen their understanding of the Asian Pacific American (APA) 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.

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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.

Students also learned elements of conducting research and collecting oral histories. They used technology to produce short community heritage films that were screened at the 32nd annual CAAM Film Festival, March 15, 2014, in San Francisco.

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Nine Smithsonian Affiliate organizations hosted workshops for the youth. View the student videos and participating Affiliates below:

Pacific Aviation Museum (Honolulu, Hawaii) Greensboro Historical Museum (Greensboro, North Carolina) Riverside Metropolitan Museum (Riverside, California) Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, Ohio) Oklahoma History Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (San Antonio, Texas) Historic Arkansas Museum (Little Rock, Arkansas) Sonoma County Museum (Santa Rosa, California) Additional collaborators:

Asian American Lead Program (Washington, D.C.) Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Funding for YHLH (2013) was provided by the Smithsonian Youth Access Grants Program administered by the Office of the Smithsonian Assistant Secretary for Education and Access. Please consider donating to Smithsonian Affiliations to help develop bring rewarding programs like YHLH to your neighborhood.

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