In commemoration of the important history of Asian and Pacific Americans, Cerritos Library will present the exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story from Sunday, January 3 through Sunday, February 28, 2016. A celebration of Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of cultures, the I Want the Wide American Earth exhibition explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. The Cerritos Library is proud to be a Smithsonian Affiliate. The exhibition is part of a national tour and was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Cerritos Library will offer craft workshops, cultural performances and author presentations in conjunction with the exhibition. Program information is available on this flyer.
Exhibition Free Mobile Tour App
The exhibit also features a free mobile tour app (available on the App Store under “Wide Earth”), which includes interviews with authors Maxine Hong Kingston and Monique Truong; U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta; Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center director Konrad Ng; activist Deepa Iyer; and U.S. retired major general Antonio Taguba.
A set of educational posters based on the exhibition is available for download on the SITES website.
I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American E-Comic
The banner exhibition is complemented by an e-book, which is a 14-page illustrated adaption of the exhibition. Produced in collaboration with SI Universe Media, creators of the first-ever Asian Pacific American comics anthology, the e-book tells the Asian Pacific American story in graphic narrative, featuring work by seven Asian Pacific American comic artists. The e-book is free to download, and is viewable on all tablet devices and e-readers.
Riverside Metropolitan Museum
The City of Riverside has generously loaned cultural and historical objects from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum to complement the I Want the Wide American Earth exhibition. The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is also a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.