The National Park Service Asian Pacific Islander Heritage projects explore how the legacy of Asian 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 Pacific Islander story. Projects vary from increased interpretation, collaboration with community organizations, and the production of scholarly documentation.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.