We are happy to announce that Konrad Ng will be joining the APA Program as the new Director this spring.
Dr. Konrad Ng is Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. As Director, Dr. Ng is responsible for leading the development of national exhibitions and public educational programs about Asian Pacific American history, art and culture. Dr. Ng’s professional and scholarly work examines the politics and practice of Asian and Asian American cinema and digital media. Under Dr. Ng’s leadership, the Asian Pacific American Center is engaged in multiple innovative national initiatives, including The National Asian Pacific American Digital Archive: #apa100 – 100 Moments in APA History; the Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project; the W.K. Kellogg Foundation I Want the Wide American Earth exhibition; the Asian-Latino Project, a partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center; the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program, Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties; and Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter, a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary portraiture about the Asian American experience in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.
Prior to joining the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Ng was a professor in the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media where he taught courses about film and film theory, and published research about Asian American digital media. From 2007-2008, Dr. Ng was an advisor for Asian American and Pacific Islander constituency outreach for the Obama Presidential Campaign and was the curator of film and video at the Honolulu Museum of Art from 2004-2006. From 2002-2004, Dr. Ng was a film programmer for the Hawaii International Film Festival. Dr. Ng serves on the boards of several nonprofit arts and culture organizations: the A3 Foundation, the Center for Asian American Media, the Global Film Initiative, the Asian American Literary Review, and the Honolulu urban arts collective, Interisland Terminal. He is a member of the Association for Asian American Studies and Australia’s Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Dr. Ng earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his master’s degree in cultural, social and political thought from the University of Victoria, and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and ethnic studies from McGill University.