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Asian Pacific American History

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can trace their histories to a region that spans more than half the globe. They have played key roles in shaping America's past, leaving an enduring impact in areas such as work, politics, culture, and law. During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, visit our topic page to explore the historical resources our museum has to offer.

 

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Costume worn by Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi 

Latinas Talk Latinas

This video series introduces you to the lives of 17 Latinas, as told by educators, curators, and scientists across the Smithsonian. Join them as they explore stories of women breaking barriers—in everything from music and fashion to community organizing and scientific exploration—who have shaped the United States.

 

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graphic shows black and white photographs of latina women. The banner in the middle reads, "Latinas Talk Latinas"

Roots to Pop

The Roots to Pop program series, developed in partnership between the Americana Music Foundation and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, explores the social history of American music. Through a series of events exploring the vernacular musical traditions that form Americana—or Roots music—viewers learn about their development and interrelationships, how contemporary musical artists draw from them, and how those traditions are steeped in both triumphant and deeply challenging histories.

 

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Krystal Klingenberg, Allison Russell, and Taj Mahal