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. They have done so as immigrants, sojourners, settlers, refugees, citizens, aliens, U.S. nationals, and members of overthrown sovereign kingdoms. Join us in exploring the rich and complex histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through NMAH's collections, exhibitions, archives, and scholarly research.
Photo above: Pro skater Judi Oyama skating downhill at the Capitola Classic, 1980. Photo by Richard Oyama. Learn more.
These pages highlight selected areas of the museum's collection that relate to Asian Pacific American history.
- Clothes and Heritage: Chinese American Clothes from the Virginia Lee Mead Collection
- El Monte Sweatshop: Operation, Raid, and Legacy
- Japanese American Incarceration Era Collection
- Sushi Collection
- The Tokuno Gift
Events and Programming
The links below highlight past museum programming on Asian Pacific American history topics.