SITES and the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) celebrate Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of incredibly diverse cultures and explore how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. While this journey has many points of origin, it truly began in America, a nation founded and built by immigrants, and enriched by the vibrant diversity of their heritages and traditions. Asian immigrants are an integral part of every chapter in this country’s great chronicle, building bridges, toppling barriers, forming communities—and pointing the way to its future.

Based on the larger museum exhibition of the same name, I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, SITES has developed a free poster set for distribution through partners including Teaching Tolerance, the American Library Association, and other groups. Rich with interesting, often surprising stories, this set of eight visually compelling educational posters takes a sweeping look at a little-known chapter in American history, from the very first Asian immigrants to the influx of highly skilled workers many decades later. The posters offer students, regardless of heritage and family history, the opportunity to be engaged and inspired through related activities and lessons in social studies, creative writing, art, and communications.

Digital resources for teachers, families, and communities, created by Teaching Tolerance, can be downloaded on this web page. Also included here are an exhibitor's poster handbook with instructions for mounting, installing, and promoting the posters and a downloadable .pdf for each poster should you or your colleagues want to print additional sets.

The exhibition and poster set were created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and SITES, supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Opening Closing Copy 1: Host Institution Status
05/01/2013- 08/25/2013 Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC Booked
09/14/2013- 12/01/2013 Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA Booked
12/21/2013- 03/02/2014 Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, Ontario, OR Booked
03/22/2014- 08/31/2014 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Hilo, HI Booked
09/20/2014- 11/30/2014   Call for Availability
12/20/2014- 03/01/2015   Call for Availability
03/21/2015- 05/31/2015 State Center Community College District/Willow International Community College Center, Fresno, CA Booked
06/20/2015- 08/30/2015 Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA Booked
09/19/2015- 11/29/2015   Call for Availability
12/19/2015- 02/28/2016   Call for Availability
03/19/2016- 05/29/2016   Call for Availability
06/18/2016- 08/28/2016   Call for Availability
09/17/2016- 11/27/2016 Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA Reserved
Opening Closing Copy 2: Host Institution Status
03/22/2014- 06/01/2014 Minnesota History Center Museum, St. Paul, MN Booked
06/21/2014- 08/31/2014 Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO Reserved
09/20/2014- 11/30/2014 Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello, ID Booked
12/20/2014- 05/31/2015 Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside, CA Booked
06/20/2015- 08/30/2015 Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, Yuba City, CA Booked
09/19/2015- 11/29/2015 Asian American Resource Center, City of Austin, Parks and Recreation, Austin, TX Booked
12/19/2015- 02/28/2016   Call for Availability
03/19/2016- 05/29/2016   Call for Availability
06/18/2016- 08/28/2016   Call for Availability
09/17/2016- 11/27/2016   Call for Availability
12/17/2016- 02/26/2017   Call for Availability
03/18/2017- 05/28/2017   Call for Availability
06/17/2017- 08/27/2017   Call for Availability


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About this Project
» Traveling Exhibition
» Online Exhibition

Posters: Coming Soon
» Download Posters
» Poster Handbook
» Survey for Participants

Educational Materials
» Using National Standards
» Creating Oral Histories
» Asian Pacific Am Center
» Discussion for Educators
Smithsonian Curricula
» Who is Asian American?
» Free E-Comic Book

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