I Want the Wide American Earth

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Family Festival

Saturday, May 4

11:30am - 4pm
National Museum of American History

The whole family is invited to celebrate the Smithsonian kick-off event for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a two-day family festival and the opening of a 30-banner exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story. The exhibition explores and celebrates the history, culture, and literary works of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.

Please join us by watching and listening to presentations by local writers, a spoken word artist, and participate in family activities such as arts and crafts, gallery tours, conversation with curators, and a scavenger hunt.

Local writers featured include Wendy Wan-Long Shang (The Great Wall of Lucy), Eugenia Kim (The Calligrapher's Daughter), and Scott Seligman (The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo). Reggie Cabico, considered as one of the innovators of spoken word and theater, blending storytelling and slam poetry in live performances, will also take the stage. Sushmita Mazumdar will be teaching children and families how to make handmade storybooks.

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Heritage Committee, Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, Smithsonian Heritage Months Steering Committee, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's ARTLAB+


To request accessibility services, please contact museum staff at Learning@si.edu or call (202) 633-5330 preferably two weeks in advance of program.