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The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps

In June, AAPIP will be participating in a program at the  Smithsonian Institution/Renwick Gallery, Art of Gaman Installation about the shared experiences of Asian American and Arab Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities in the post-9/11 era, through the expression of culture and art.

Artist Unidentified, Interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Camp Scene, Wood, paint, Collection of the Japanese American Museum of San José, From "Art of Gaman" by Delphine Hirasuna, ©2005, Ten Speed. Terry Heffernan photo.

Visit the exhibit website for more information, including an online slideshow of images from the galleries.

For our friends and allies in the DC area can visit the installation at:

Special exhibition galleries, 1st floor, Renwick Gallery
Open from March 5, 2010 – January 30, 2011

And  here’s a listing for free public programs!


The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

Free Public Programs
Friday, March 5, at noon, lecture by Delphine Hirasuna
Wednesday, March 10, at noon, gallery talk with Kennedy
Wednesday, March 31, at noon, lecture by Karen Matsuoka
Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m., artist talk with Mira Nakashima and Wendy Maruyama
Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Day

Read recent posts on the Museum’s blog Eye Level
Gaman: FDR and the Japanese American Internment Camps


A few other resources:

(Updated 4/5/10 by GM)

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My First Protest: Asian Americans and Activism, Part 1

Your Voices

One of our NGEC OFP leaders, Katie Ka Vang of CHAT, was featured by Bao Phi,  performance poet and community organizer/ activist.  He was asked to start a blog  called “The Blaog” for the the Strib – a large MN mainstream paper.

In addition to other recent events he’s covered, there’s a new feature called Asian Americans: My First Protest, where he features Asian Americans and their first protest experience. 

Share your own story, and check out the The Blaog!


My First Protest- Featured: Sahra Nguyen, Michelle Myers, and Katie Ka Vang

More about Bao Phi: Performance poet, community activist

“Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. Read more about Bao Phi.”

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Asian American Women Artists Celebrate 20th Anniversary

September 14, 2009 from AsianWeek
Cynthia Tom’s piece entitled, “Location, location, location.”

Photo by J.W. Diehl

Photo by J.W. Diehl

One of the longest running U.S. Asian American arts organizations representing women – The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a series of events and art exhibitions.

AAWAA will be hosting an art showcase entitled “Vision, Vitality and Visibility Exhibition” from Tuesday, September 22 to Sunday, October 4 at SOMArts Cultural Center located at 934 Brannan St., San Francisco.

AAWAA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, at SOMArts Cultural Center. AAWAA, a nonprofit organization, ensures the visibility of Asian American women artists and offers projects and programs that challenge, inspire and document its members’ works.

“Since its inception, AAWAA has promoted the artistic and organizational growth of the Asian/Pacific Islander visual and literary arts community,” says Lenore Chinn, AAWAA member, artist and activist. “Its programming is now an institution serving a diverse, intergenerational cross-section of the Asian/Pacific Islander artists’ community. As an individual artist and long-time member of AAWAA, I have experienced and benefited by the organization’s ambitious projects.”

More on AAWAA’s 20th Anniversary Art Exhibitions:

• A Place of Her Own, thought provoking mixed media 2D and 3D installations, several of which were featured at the de Young Museum in January 2009. Artists answer the question: If you had a place of your own, what would it be? (

• Cheers to Muses, AAWAA’s exhibition complementing the AAWAA anthology, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women Artists, a valuable historical and pictorial resource already adopted by several universities in the Bay Area and East Coast. Artists write dedications to an Asian American woman who informs and inspires her art.

• Made In AAWAA – A grand showcase depicting AAWAA’s 20 years of milestones that illuminate what AAWAA is growing for the future.

For information about AAWAA, visit or call AAWAA at 415-722-4296.

Written by AsianWeek Staff Report · Filed Under Art, Bay Area

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