May 13, 2013

Researching Asian American/Pacific Islander History

by Nana Efua Embil from National Park Service

In 2012, Secretary Salazar initiated the Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Initiative.   This initiative will enable the National Historic Landmarks Program to locate and document important sites associated with the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islander throughout our history.  A White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage was held this month.

 

On May 9th, scholars, preservationists, and National Historic Landmarks Program staff met, as they did in January 2013, to develop a structure for a theme study on Asian American and Pacific Islander history.  This theme study will ultimately result in the nomination of sites associated with this diverse history.  Even before this theme study was initiated, the National Historic Landmarks Program had begun to locate, research, and document sites associated with the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Research on sites ranging from an early twentieth-century Chinese temple to a house associated with one of the most important Japanese American artists of the twentieth century is ongoing.

 

A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a historic building, site, structure, object, or district that represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. There are over 2,500 properties designated National Historic Landmarks.  For more information, please visit the National Historic Landmarks Program website.


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