Intern Update

Intern Update: Becky Esman

Intern Becky Esman
Becky traveled to Scotland last summer with her now fiancé Tim

As a Summer 2008 intern, Becky Esman researched the psychological effects of internment on Japanese Americans during World War II. She was a double major student in History and Psychology at the College of William and Mary. During her internship, Becky also initiated the Smithsonian APA Program’s e-newsletter together with another intern, Amanda Andrei.  Becky was also a talented graphic artist.  She designed many of the APA bookmarks and brochures for traveling exhibitions and initiatives. Even after her internship, Becky continued to serve as the editor of the InformAsian e-newsletter until it was taken over by the Multimedia Specialist.

Becky’s favorite memory was an office field trip to the Smithsonian’s 2008 Folklife Festival. Bhutan was a featured program that year and the APA Program enjoyed visiting the temple that was erected on the National Mall, seeing the dance performances, observing the archery demonstrations, and eating the fantastic food.

Becky’s advice to future interns is to have fun. She affirms that her internship experience at the APA Program “was fantastic because the people in the office were so friendly and welcoming, and they encouraged me to explore the museums and go to intern events. You get a good amount of freedom, so use it!”

Since graduating in Spring 2009, Becky has worked for an immigration law firm in Reston, VA as a paralegal. Becky will be starting Georgetown Law this fall and hopes to study constitutional, civil rights, and patent law. She is currently planning her July 2011 wedding to her college sweetheart Tim. The APA Program is especially grateful for her invaluable contributions and congratulates Becky on her magnificent accomplishments!

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Exhibitions, Filipino American

Singgalot: The Ties That Bind Traveling Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA

'Singgalot: The Ties That Bind' Traveling Exhibition in San Francisco, Calif.

Time:
November 15, 2010 – January 23, 2011 

Location:
Drexel University
Intercultural Center
30 S. 33rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Today there are more than 2.5 million Filipino Americans in the United States. Yet many, including Filipinos themselves, are not familiar with the details of their history in America—their experiences, rich traditions, and culture. Singgalot: The Ties That Bind is their story.

This exhibition captures the challenges and issues that confronted Filipinos following the annexation of the Philippines as a U.S. territory in 1898. Singgalot explores the Filipino experience initially as colonial subjects and nationals and further examines their struggles to acquire full citizenship status as immigrants in this country throughout the last century.

Singgalot first debuted at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center Concourse on the National Mall from May to August of 2006 to mark 100 years of Filipino migration to the United States.

The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) and the Smithsonian Filipino American Centennial Committee; curated by Dean Alegado, associate professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (retired); and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The national tour is made possible by Farmers Insurance.

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Academic, Event

Volunteers Needed for Teacher’s Night

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Teachers’ Night. Thousands of teachers from all over the country who want to learn about the Smithsonian’s resources for schools will be attending. Registration for teachers is required.

Time:
Friday, October 22, 2010
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Location:
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, act as attendants for bag and program distribution, directional and exhibition monitors, theater seating, and assisting demonstrations. We ask that volunteers arrive in two shifts, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on October 22.

Trainings will be held at the National Museum of American History on October 5 and 6 (choose one), 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. No special skills are required, but there will be a lot of walking.

If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please contact Philippa Rappaport.

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Intern Update, Job Opportunities

Apply by October 29 for Spring 2011 Internships

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program announces internship opportunities for Spring 2011. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 29, 2010.

Selected interns will be provided with an office space equipped with a computer, phone, access to Smithsonian collections, libraries, and other resources, as well as advice and research guidance from the Asian Pacific American Program staff and other Smithsonian colleagues. Smithsonian interns have the opportunity to develop both research and professional skills and to participate in numerous intern activities and events at the Smithsonian.

Summer 2010 intern Xiang Siow shows some findings he came across to staffer Noriko Sanefuji at the National Museum of American History's Archive Center.Above: Summer 2010 intern Xiang Siow shows some findings he came across to staffer Noriko Sanefuji at the National Museum of American History’s Archive Center.

Applicants will be chosen based on their scholarly qualifications, experience working with APA communities, and the quality of the research project proposed and its suitability to APA Program’s missions and goals. Eligible applicants must be a current college student, recent college graduate (within one calendar year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Most interns are at the senior or junior undergraduate level, though strongly qualified sophomores and freshmen will be considered. Graduate students are eligible to apply. Internships are unavailable for high school students.

To apply, register on Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) through its website’s left navigation, follow the instructions there, and choose the APA Program’s internship option. Please note that accepted applicants will need to submit background check forms one month before their start date. Accepted applicants are responsible for arranging their own housing during their appointment.

Most internships at the Smithsonian are unpaid, but are available for academic credit. Students are encouraged to apply for independent grants or scholarships through their schools or outside sources to financially support them during their internship appointment. Funding is available on a competitive basis through the Minority Awards Program from the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Fellowships.

Contact  Krista Aniel, Internship Coordinator, for help or more information.

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Exhibitions, Vietnamese American

Tour Extension: “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon” in Ithaca, NY

'Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon' Traveling Exhibition

Dates:
September 18 – December 5, 2010
 
Location:
Community Center Programs of Cornell and Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Rothschild’s Building
215 E. State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

The Vietnamese American experience is one of joy, sorrow, and hope. Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon is the first Vietnamese American historical exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution that explores the Vietnamese American experience. Images covering 30 years of Vietnamese immigration are displayed in this traveling exhibition. 

Exit Saigon first debuted at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center Concourse on the National Mall from January to April of 2007. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) and the Vietnamese American Heritage Project DC Working Group; curated by Vietnamese American scholar Dr. Vu Pham, PhD; and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The national tour is made possible by Farmers Insurance.

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Exhibitions, Filipino American

Singgalot: The Ties That Bind Traveling Exhibition in San Francisco, Calif.

'Singgalot: The Ties That Bind' Traveling Exhibition in San Francisco, Calif.

Time:
August 14 – October 24, 2010
 
Location:
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Today there are more than 2.5 million Filipino Americans in the United States. Yet many, including Filipinos themselves, are not familiar with the details of their history in America—their experiences, rich traditions, and culture. Singgalot: The Ties That Bind is their story.

This exhibition captures the challenges and issues that confronted Filipinos following the annexation of the Philippines as a U.S. territory in 1898. Singgalot explores the Filipino experience initially as colonial subjects and nationals and further examines their struggles to acquire full citizenship status as immigrants in this country throughout the last century.

Singgalot first debuted at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center Concourse on the National Mall from May to August of 2006 to mark 100 years of Filipino migration to the United States.

The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) and the Smithsonian Filipino American Centennial Committee; curated by Dean Alegado, associate professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (retired); and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The national tour is made possible by Farmers Insurance.

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HomeSpun, Indian American, South Asian

Washington Leadership Program Scholars Visit APA Program

Washington Leadership Program Scholars Visit APA Program

Suchin Adhlakha, former HomeSpun Project Manager and Krista Aniel, Management Support Assistant welcomed Harin J. Contractor, Vice-Chair of the Washington Leadership Program (WLP) and eight young scholars to the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and promoted HomeSpun: The Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project. WLP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the next generation of leaders from the South Asian American community through innovative programs. The program places promising college students in a congressional office for an eight-week summer internship accompanied by a structured leadership curriculum.

WLP scholars learned that HomeSpun will create an exhibition chronicling the story of immigrants from India and their descendants in America. The exhibition will be accompanied by a curriculum guide for middle school students, a public program series to educate the general public, and a website with supporting social networking tools to engage audiences.

HomeSpun seeks to establish a permanent presence through collections, research, exhibitions, education, and public programming within the Smithsonian complex. Here, students and visitors to one of the nation’s busiest museums can not only view displays about Indian American history, but also learn about the role Indian Americans have played in shaping American society. To support HomeSpun, please visit http://homespun.si.edu

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Exhibitions, Vietnamese American

Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon Traveling Exhibition in Waterloo, Iowa

'Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon' Traveling Exhibition in Waterloo, Iowa

Time:
On display until Sunday, August 29, 2010
 
Location:
Grout Museum of History and Science
503 South St.
Waterloo, IA 50701

The Vietnamese American experience is one of joy, sorrow, and hope. Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon is the first Vietnamese American historical exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution that explores the Vietnamese American experience. Images covering 30 years of Vietnamese immigration are displayed in this traveling exhibition. 

Exit Saigon first debuted at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center Concourse on the National Mall from January to April of 2007. The exhibition was developed by: the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) and the Vietnamese American Heritage Project DC Working Group; curated by Vietnamese American scholar Dr. Vu Pham, PhD; and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The national tour is made possible by Farmers Insurance.

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Event, General APA

Call for 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Volunteers!

Jack Hsu, a Chinese American musician with the progressive rock band 'Hsu-Nami,' plays the electrified erhu, a Chinese two-stringed fiddle, at the 2007 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival in New York City. Photo Copyright Corky Lee

The 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival needs hundreds of volunteers to serve in a variety of diverse and engaging positions, from assisting with a specific festival program, to serving as documentation, hospitality, or sustainability aides. One of this year’s festival programs examines Asian Pacific Americans in the Washington, DC area, thus creating many opportunities for members of the APA community to volunteer.

The Festival takes place June 24-28 and July 1-5 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Prospective volunteers should sign up by June 7, through this Volunteer Questionnaire.

Should there be an interest in volunteering past June 7, please inquire with Volunteer Coordinator, Reshma Sinanan-Hill, or with Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Jameson, concerning position availability and volunteer need.

Click here for the Volunteer Call-Out Flyer or click here for the Prospective Volunteer Letter.

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Crafts, Event, Family, Film, Folklife Festival, General APA, Performance

2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featuring Asian Pacifc Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties

2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Asian Pacific American Connections. Dancers from the Madison Chinese Dance Academy in Potomac, Maryland, take part in celebrating Mekong American heritage at the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Richard Strauss, Smithsonian Institution.

For the first time in 44 years, the 2010 Folklife Festival will focus on Asian Pacific Americans from the Greater Washington, DC area, who are a microcosm of the 15 million APAs who live all across the United States. The festival will take place June 24-28 and July 1-5 on the National Mall. This annual festival attracts over a million visitors from around the country and the world, with another 6 million visiting the website and about 40 million learning about it through other media coverage.

Many thanks to over 100 generous donors who contributed to the APA segment of the festival. APA programming at the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will educate audiences about what it means to be a person of Asian descent living in the United States today. It will bring together an array of 100 tradition-bearers from diverse communities to highlight the richness of APA cultures through demonstrations of music, dance, cuisine, visual arts, martial arts, spirituality, and technology, as well as discussions and scholarly forums on issues relating to Asian Pacific American identity, history, and culture.

Save the dates and please join us for this historic event. For more information, visit our website or the Folklife Festival website.

Also, check out how to volunteer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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