Smithsonian & White House launch Asian American, Pac Islander month May 1

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Photo: Faletuiga/Tina Mata'afa-Tufele Tuiga: Faletuiga/Mark Magallanes and James Naki-Lima
Tuiga, ceremonial Samoan headresses, Taema ma Tilafiga, named in honor of the siamese twin sisters, who, according to legend, swam from Fiji to Savai'i, Samoa with the sacred tools used in traditional Samoan tattooing.

Gautam Raghavan, associate director of public engagement at the White House, will moderate the launch.

“Like Bulosan’s poem,” the White House notes, “the AAPI community is aspirational, unwavering in its belief in the promise of America for all.”

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story by Carlos Bulosan

Before the brave

before the proud builders and workers

I say I want the wide American earth

For all the free

I want the wide American earth for my people

I want my beautiful land

I want it with my rippling strength and tenderness

Of love and light and truth

For all the free


WHIAAPI is seeking highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in AAPI issues and have outstanding research, writing, and computer skills. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

To apply, submit a statement to describing (1) one issue that affects the AAPI community, (2) a strategy that you would implement at the Initiative to address that issue, and (3) the organizations and/or federal agencies with whom you would collaborate.

The Google+ Hangout On Air launch is 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, (9 a.m. Hawai’i Time), Wednesday May 1. Use #may1apa on Twitter to direct all questions and inquires. To join the event, use this link:

Members of the public interested in attending the Thursday, May 9, 2013 Forum on Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage must RSVP online no later than midnight 12 a.m EST (6 p.m. Hawai’i Time) on Friday, May 3, 2013.

The forum is 1 to 5 p.m. EST (7 to 11 a.m. Hawai’i Time). Space is limited and registration will close once the event reaches capacity.

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