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Friday, May 18, 2012

May 19: APA's Making Waves at National Archives Atlanta

On Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10:00 - 1:30 at the APA Heritage Month Symposium at the National Archives at Atlanta, we will be able to hear from keynote speaker Esther Chung, a Korean-American archivist at the Austin History Center in Texas who has been documenting the history of Asian Pacific American communities in Texas and curated an online exhibit of the first Chinese families in Austin.  The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Augusta will speak about their community oral history project where over 25 oral histories recount stories of living as APAs in the Jim Crow South and being the first to attend all-white schools, about the Augusta Riot of 1970, and about their family's early immigrant experiences. A panel of speakers will address the contributions of Asian Pacific American veterans, the Chinese living in the Mississippi Delta and the museum which their community is now building with local university support, and a new Filipino American history project which is underway.  A third panel of speakers will discuss local archives with resources to APA history researchers - UGA Russell Library, National Archives at Atlanta, Digital Library of Georgia, Georgia Humanities Council.  The day will also feature an award presentation to Ken Lee/president of OCA National for leadership as an APA in the South and appreciation of APA Law Enforcement. Finally, one day only exhibitions from four groups will be featured:  A) Uniforms & Artifacts of APA Veterans; B) History of Chinese Settlement in Augusta, Georgia; C) Chinese Incarcerated in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary during the Chinese Exclusion Era; and D) Filipino American History in the South. The program will conclude with a lunch reception for networking by APA genealogists and those interested in history. The APA Historical Society will also be visiting the Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum the following day on Sunday, May 20th to view the "Art of Gaman: Arts & Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps" and hear a panel of former Japanese American camp internees speak about their experiences.
■ We thank the partnership of many sponsors and partner organizations which has made this month possible:

■ APA Historical Society Board of Directors & Advisory Council: 

Co-Presidents: Claire McLeveighn & Lani Wong. Vice President: Richard Aquino. Esther Chung, Frieda Quon, Chat Sue, Donna Wong, YaWei Liu, Guohua Wang, Jackson Chang, Eugenia Beh, Ramey Ko, Sachi Koto, Toni Luetgers, James McSweeney, Mary Evelyn Tomlin, Jill Severn, Daniel Bronstein, John Jung, Floyd Mori, George Wu. Executive Director: Tricia Sung

National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA

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