Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Additional Resources

The Cultural Resources Stewardship, Partnerships, and Science Programs of the National Park Service provide leadership for the protection and interpretation of the nation's heritage, guide a national historic preservation program that embraces national parks and heritage resources, engage all American peoples with the places and stories that make up their national identity, and serve as models for the stewardship of cultural resources throughout the world. The magnitude of NPS stewardship responsibilities for the nation's heritage resources is inspiring. The cultural resources programs and responsibilities of the NPS reach into every park and virtually every community in the nation. Explore additional resources about all Americans' stories through our history portal and through the links below.

The Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage article has more on the topic.

History Pin- East at Main Street: There are few sites associated with Asian American Pacific Islander heritage designated as landmarks. Raising awareness of these places will assist in their preservation for the future. Help Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) uncover and share information and memories. Collectively, historic landmarks can reflect the historical and cultural contributions of AAPI Americans. By illustrating the range of ethnicity, religion, class, occupation, and gender that make up AAPI communities, we help create a more complete picture of American history.

Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War: Official National Park Service Handbook: In the last several decades a small group of historians, researchers, writers and civil war enthusiasts have begun to recover the stories of these forgotten warriors. Anglicized and ambiguous names and haphazard documentation make it difficult to find these men and confirm their ethnicity, but researchers have identified several hundred soldiers and sailors who served from Asia and the Pacific Islands. Some fought for the Union and some for the Confederacy. There are perhaps many more. These are some of their stories.

Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (.pdf | 2.1MB) : This booklet examines the influential presence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From the earliest settlement of the country to the desegregation of public schools in the 20th century and political influence in the 21st there are AAPI legacies. A core essay traces their impact on the American landscape. This is followed by the stories of seven signature places commemorating the legacy. A concluding section illustrates how this heritage is preserved today. Preservation transcends "bricks and mortar" work to include a celebration of collective experience.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience: Secretary Salazar along with National Park Service Director Jarvis 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 NPS would be mutually beneficial.

Archeology of Japanese American Internment at Kooskia Internment Camp, Idaho (windows media file .wmv) During World War II, the US government imprisoned over 120,000 individuals of Japanese heritage solely due to their ethnicity. Internees creatively challenged their imprisonment by utilizing and crafting objects. This online seminar by Dr. Stacey Camp, University of Idaho, examines materials recovered from Kooskia, including artwork, gaming pieces, vases and other artifacts.

Administrative History of the AAPI Initiative

Last updated: August 10, 2017