The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program is delighted to welcome Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis as APAP Initiative Coordinator. Lawrence is editor-in-chief of the Asian American Literary Review, a PhD student and instructor at the University of Maryland-College Park, and longtime volunteer for the program.
A message from Lawrence:
“I am thrilled and honored to join the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. In my work as an editor, writer, student, and scholar, I’ve looked to draw lines between communities, to connect the arts and academia, students and community organizers, artists and activists, scholars and writers‹to open new channels of exchange and collaboration. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of the arts and cultural history, always intertwined, to bring meaning and direction to our collective lives.
As Initiative Coordinator I will be overseeing the development of a
nationally touring exhibition about Asian Pacific American cultural
history. The first of its kind, and a project many years in the making,
the exhibition is a community project. It takes a village to raise an
exhibition, one might say, and I owe a great debt of gratitude to the many
wonderful folks who have served and continue to serve as advisors and
contributors. The exhibition is also a community work in the sense that
it tells our story, an expansive, inclusive story. Hopefully it is an
opportunity, a lasting resource and departure point for storytelling,
historiography, and community building. We greatly look forward to
sending it out into the world in 2013.”