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Cedric S. Yeh

Associate Curator

B.A. Brandeis University
M.A., George Washington University


Research Specialties: 
  • The National September 11 Collection 
  • Chinese restaurants and food culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present
  • Asian Pacific American culture and history
  • Japanese-American Incarceration during World War II
Role in Museum: 

Cedric Yeh is the Deputy Chair of the Division of Armed Forces History and the curator of the September 11 collection. He also serves as the Co-chair of the Smithsonian Channel Review Committee. He helps to oversee staffing, as well as exhibition and collections development for the Division.


Current Projects:

  • Co-Chair, Smithsonian Channel Review Committee 
  • Project Director, Sweet & Sour Initiative
  • Chair, Asian Pacific American Initiatives Committee
  • Project Director, Chinese food online exhibit 

Past Projects:

  • Curatorial Lead, Fifteenth Anniversary of September 11 (2016)
  • Curatorial Director, Tenth Anniversary of September 11: Remembrance and Reflection, (2011)
  • Project Director: Sweet and Sour; Chinese food from Chinatown to Main Street, Exhibition (2010)
  • Project Director: Creating Hawaii; Far From Paradise, Exhibition (2009)
  • Project Director: Barriers to Bridges: Asian Immigration after Exclusion, Exhibition (2008)
  • Collections Manager for Whatever Happened to Polio?, Exhibition (2005)
  • Co-Chair Asian Pacific American Heritage Committee, (1999–2003)

Public Programs:

  • "The Aloha Boys: Contemporary Hawiian Music" performance, (July 2005), The Mall
  • "Asian Americans and Brown v. Board of Education:Equal Opportunities in Education," lecture and discussion, (May 2005), Carmichael Auditorium, NMAH
  • A Most Unlikely Hero, documentary film screening and rountable discussion (of 1994 race discrimination case against U.S. Marine Corps), (July 2004), Carmichael Auditorium, NMAH (co-sponsor)
  • D.C. APA Film Festival Night, (October 2003, 2004, 2005), Carmichael Auditorium, NMAH (co-sponsor)