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Cedric S. Yeh

Supervisory Museum Manager

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 curator for the National September 11 collections and a project liaison for the Associate Director of the Office of Curatorial Affairs. He is currently planning for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of September 11 and directing the newly established New York City Latino Septermber 11 Collecting Initiative. 


Current Projects:

  • Project Director, New York City Latino September 11 collecting initiative
  • 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)