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    Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Initiative

The National Park Service Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage projects explore how the legacy of Asian American Pacific Islanders can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations. The National Park Service, as a storyteller of our Nation’s past, is committed to connecting and amplifying Asian American and Pacific Islander stories throughout national parks and communities across the United States.

This website highlights projects undertaken by National Park Service parks and programs as part of the Service’s commitment to telling the Asian American Pacific Islander story. Projects vary from increased interpretation, collaboration with community organizations, and the production of scholarly documentation.

 

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Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

This 28-page booklet examines the enduring and influential presence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—from the earliest settlement of the country to the economic development of the West to the desegregation of public schools in the 20th century and political influence in the 21st. A core essay traces their impact on the American landscape, followed by the stories of seven signature places commemorating the legacy. A concluding section illustrates how this heritage is preserved today, transcending “bricks and mortar” preservation to include a celebration of collective experience.


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Discover Washington State: Youth Heritage Project. July 9-12, 2014

The "Discover Washington State: Youth Heritage Project" will be based in Seattle's Chinatown/International District this year. The theme is AAPI heritage in the Pacific Northwest and is a part of the Department of the Interior's AAPI Heritage Initiative.  The Youth Summit is geared towards high school students in Washington State only.  The application process is now open.

 

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White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

On May 9th, nearly 400 Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) from all walks of life gathered at the Department of the Interior for the White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, where we discussed ways the Department, especially the National Park Service, can better tell the story of the AAPI experience in America and the contributions this vibrant community has made to our country and its culture.

 

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Secretary Salazar Launches Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on February 11, 2013 that he has directed the National Park Service to undertake an Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study to investigate the stories, places and people of Asian American and Pacific Island heritage.

 

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Secretary Salazar along with National Park Service Director Javis launched the Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study by announcing that the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle is an “affiliated area” of the National Park Service – a designation to recognize the national significance of properties that are privately owned and operated but encompass important aspects of our nation’s heritage for which an official association with the Service would be mutually beneficial.

 

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Archeology of Japanese American Internment at Kooskia Internment Camp

During World War II, the U.S. government imprisoned over 120,000 individuals of Japanese heritage solely due to their ethnicity. Internees creatively interrogated their imprisonment by utilizing and crafting material culture. This online seminar by Dr. Stacey Camp, University of Idaho examines materials recovered in the form of artwork, gaming pieces, vases, and other artifacts from Idaho's Kooskia Internment Camp.

 

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Pacific Island Heritage Word of the Day

Welcome to the National Park Service's official blog for America's National Parks in the Pacific. Join us as we EXPLORE our Natural Wonders, CELEBRATE our Unique Cultures & HONOR our Heroes. Aloha, Talofa, & Hafa Adai!

 

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Asian Pacific Heritage - a Celebration

The National Park Service recognizes the historical contributions of Asian and Pacific peoples in the United States and its associated territories. From the early 1800s to the 21st century, Asian and Pacific peoples have played a vital role in the development of the United States and made lasting contributions in all elements of American society.

 

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Micronesia and American Samoa Historic Preservation Assistance Program

A partnership with historic preservation offices in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the Republic of Palau.

 

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National Park Service Travel Itineraries

The National Park Service is developing an Asian American Pacific Islander Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary to add to our online travel itinerary series at http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/index.htm.  This itinerary will feature historic places that tell the stories and demonstrate the role and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the heritage of the United States.

In the meantime, learn about units of the National Park Service that tell their stories in the online Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary.

 

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Teaching With Historic Places

Teaching with Historic Places Asian American History Lesson Plans http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/topic.htm#asian


Teaching with Historic Places engages students from upper elementary school through college in active learning from real historic places. Several online  classroom lesson plans focus on the role of Asian Americans in our nation’s history