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2010 Festival Blog - Asian Pacific Americans

Rebecca Andina, Korean American Adoptee


Rebecca Andina was born in Korea in the seventies and adopted by an American family. She discusses growing up AsianRead More

September 1, 2010   No Comments

Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, Chinese Zither


The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, a nonprofit organization, performs with the gu-zheng (Chinese zither). 

September 1, 2010   No Comments

Mali’s Dad, on Family, Heritage, and Lao Language


Chanmala Mali Phonpadith was one of three local Asian Pacific American small business owners invited to discuss “Business in theRead More

July 13, 2010   3 Comments

Repairing the Cot


At the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, many visitors to the Family Activities tent at the Asian Pacific Americans program satRead More

July 12, 2010   3 Comments

Performances by Mongolian and Republic of Fiji Islands Participants


Mongolian Americans demonstrated aspects of the traditional three-day Naadam Festival during the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The celebration includes competitionsRead More

July 11, 2010   1 Comment

Realtors as Cultural Brokers


Real-estate agents are not always regarded as cultural brokers, but a panel at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Asian Pacific AmericansRead More

July 11, 2010   11 Comments

Closing Day Musings by APA Program Curator Phil Tajitsu Nash


Anyone who has participated in a performance group has a general idea of what it is like to create theRead More

July 6, 2010   No Comments

Korean Calligraphy, Bhangra/Ghiddha Dance, and Koto Music


Kwon Myoung-Won is a Korean American calligrapher. Kwon demonstrated his skills by creating a 150-foot-long scroll.  

July 5, 2010   No Comments

Feedback, Closure, and Ongoing Dialogue, APA Program Curator Phil Tajitsu Nash


In the 2010 Folklife Festival book, the goal of the Asian Pacific Americans program is described in this way: “TheRead More

July 5, 2010   No Comments

APA Day 10 Highlights


“Not East Versus West” is the theme for today’s programming, reflecting our goal of ending the notion that people fromRead More

July 5, 2010   No Comments