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Sikh Community: Over 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest
The Wing Luke Asian Museum
"Although Sikhs have been living in the United States and Canada for over a century, the general public understands little about the Sikh faith and the community's long-standing roots in the Pacific Northwest. The first Sikh immigrants arrived in this region in the late 1800s, working in lumber mills and constructing railroads." Five topics, with many images: 1) Sikhism (history); 2) Life in the Pacific Northwest; 3) Distinguished Community Leaders; 4) Mis-Identity; 5) Being Sikh in a Western World.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.wingluke.org/pages/sikhcommunitywebsite/mainpage.html
Community Heritage Center
The Wing Luke Asian Museum
"The Wing Luke Asian Museum collects and preserves artifacts, photographs, archives and oral histories pertaining to the history, culture and art of the Asian Pacific American community."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.wingluke.org/collections.htm
The Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
"Yamato —an ancient name for the country of Japan. Why do we find the name here in Palm Beach County? Because Yamato, Florida, was a small community where Japanese farmers once lived. The story of Yamato begins with Jo Sakai's visit to Florida in 1903." Online presentation of a permanent exhibition at the Morikami Museum in Florida. Informative text with a few small historical photographs.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.morikami.org/index.php?src=gendocs&link=YamatoColony
Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project
"Densho's mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. We offer these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all." With background essays examining the causes of the incarceration, along with lesson plans, a timeline, glossary, and bibliography. The ARCHIVE section holds more than 270 visual/oral histories (more than 500 hours of recorded interviews) and nearly 9,000 historic photographs and documents.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.densho.org/
Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
Library of Congress
"In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's most well-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese-Americans interned there during World War II." From the left sidebar select Collection Highlights for a selection of images and About This Collection for a more in-depth overview, plus see images of the entire first edition of Born Free and Equal, Adams's publication based on his work at Manzanar. Also see the Collection Connection section for a list of classroom resources.

Go to Museum Resource: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/anseladams/
Japanese American National Museum: Collections Online
Japanese American National Museum
Featuring selected highlights from the museum's permanent collection of more than 60,000 artifacts -- including diaries, letters, and other documents -- as well as photographs and artworks. Many of these document the lives of Japanese Americans detained in concentration camps during World War II.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.janm.org/collections/
History of Chinese in America: An Interactive Timeline
Museum of Chinese in America
A timeline of key figures and events in the political and cultural history of Chinese Americans from 1933 to 2009.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.mocanyc.org/learn/timeline
One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now
Asia Society
"One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now brings together seventeen artists from across the country who challenge and extend the category of Asian American art. The title of the exhibition, inspired by the 1970s Blondie hit, suggests that there has never been a formulaic way of making or seeing art, either back then or now. Instead, these artists initiate a new set of conversations that highlight the multidimensional ways of conceptualizing and producing art today."

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/onewayoranother/index.html
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