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What does it mean to be a person of Asian or Pacific Island descent living in the United States today? What are the primary strategies for adaptation and change versus sustainability and continuity? These were the questions underlying the 2010 Festival program. The Asian Pacific American (APA) population of metropolitan Washington, D.C., provided an excellent cross-section of the national APA community. Moreover, its rapid growth made it a good example of the "global/local" and "preservation/transformation" themes that were celebrated at the 2010 Festival. The large number of federal workers and the location of foreign embassies in the nation's capital have brought APAs here from all fifty states and from all Asian countries. While the majority of APAs are foreign-born, those based in D.C. combine both Asian and American influences into many aspects of their lives. The Festival program brought together people from diverse communities in the Washington, D.C., area to highlight the breadth of traditions practiced by APA cultures. It emphasized the ways in which APAs make connections not only to each other, but also to the broader communities in which they live, work, and play. Through theater, music, dance, and sports performances; demonstrations of language and calligraphy traditions; martial arts, healing arts, and ritual arts; crafts and foodways presentations; and children's activities, Festival visitors could learn about APA identity, history, and culture, discovering shared and integrated traditions. The Asian Pacific American program was part of a collaborative research and public presentation project between the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Partnering with the University of Maryland, local APA communities, and other organizations, the project researched and documented the cultural heritage of Asian Pacific Americans living in and around the capital region. In addition to the Festival program, the Smithsonian preserves collected stories, images, video, and audio clips of traditional APA culture in its archives and on its Web sites. Phil Tajitsu Nash was Curator and Arlene Reiniger was Program Coordinator. The program was produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution's Asian Pacific American program. AARP was a Major Donor to the program with additional support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Juanita Tamayo Lott in memory of Robert H. Lott, OCA, Pragmatics Inc., and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.
Gina Inocencio, Terry Liu, Lucy Long, Cliff Murphy, Konrad Ng, Franklin Odo, Mark Puryear, Ang Robinson, Take Toma, Gerald Yamada, Michael Wilpers
CRAFT TRADITIONS Menosh Hashim, Indian American Urdu teacher, Falls Church, Virginia Hongyi He, Chinese American paper cutter, Astoria, New York HIRO, Japanese American painter and calligrapher, Alexandria, Virginia Vu Hoi, Vietnamese American calligrapher, Merrifield, Virginia Akiko Keene, Japanese American doll maker, Potomac, Maryland Myoung-Won Kwon, Korean American calligrapher, Silver Spring, Maryland Mereadani Lomaloma, Fijian American tapa painter, Washington, D.C. Peni Lomaloma, Fijian American tapa painter, Washington, D.C. Bertrand Mao, Chinese American calligrapher, Potomac, Maryland Sushmita Mazumdar, Indian American bookmaker, Arlington, Virginia Helen Sze McCarthy, Taiwanese American painter, Silver Spring, Maryland Gankhuyag Natsag, Mongolian American mask maker and calligrapher, Arlington, Virginia Khin Mg San, Burmese American chinlone master and ball maker Teresiter Sauler, Fijian American tapa painter, Washington, D.C. Melissa Mokihana Scalph, Hawaiian lei maker, Alexandria, Virginia Sala Sucu, Fijian American tapa painter, Washington, D.C. Sivoni Sucu, Fijian American tapa painter, Washington, D.C. Sue Tun, Burmese American muralist, Alexandria, Virginia Paiboon Uthikamporn, Thai American calligrapher, Rockville, Maryland Debi Velasco, Hawaiian lei maker, Lanham, Maryland FOODWAYS TRADITIONS Roohi Ahuja, Sikh Karuna Baskaran, Bangladeshi American, Sterling, Virginia Najmieh Batmangliji, Iranian American, Washington, D.C. Evelyn Bunoan, Filipina American Darlene Butts, Hawaiian Meenu Chadha, Sikh Ray Chen, Chinese American, Gaithersburg, Maryland Nantana Nagavajara Chitman, Thai American, McLean, Virginia Franklin Fung Chow, Chinese American, Washington, D.C. Judith Do, Singaporean American, Sterling, Virginia Nasreen Hasan, Bangladeshi American, Silver Spring, Maryland Hi Soo Hepinstall, Korean American, Sperryville, Virginia Aiko Ichimura, Japanese American, Washington, D.C. Sukiman Kadir, Indonesian American, Silver Spring, Maryland Sunda Khin, Burmese American, Fairfax, Virginia Lani Lizarda, Filipina American, Reston, Virginia Litia Lomalagi, Fijian American, Washington, D.C. Louise Lomaloma, Fijian American, Washington, D.C. Nit Malikul, Thai American, Silver Spring, Maryland Mya Mya Myaing, Burmese American, Alexandria, Virginia Mariette Hiu Newcomb, Chinese American, Vienna, Virginia Tien Nguyen, Vietnamese American John Tin Pe, Burmese American, Washington, D.C. Penny Phoon, Malaysian American Seng Luangrath Pradachith, Lao American Vilayphone Rattana, Lao American, Woodbridge, Virginia Noriko Sanefuji, Japanese American, Washington, D.C. Terry Segawa, Japanese American, Bethesda, Maryland Shantanu Sen, Indian American, Fairfax, Virginia Warren Sonoda, Hawaiian, Alexandria, Virginia Viengmone Sophavandy, Lao American, Silver Spring, Maryland Lehua Melanie Stewart, Hawaiian Sala Sucu, Fijian American, Washington, D.C. Sam-Oeun Tes, Cambodian American Lok Tiwari, Nepalese American, Silver Spring, Maryland Arnedo "Nedo" Valera, Filipino American, Fairfax, Virginia Benita Wong, Chinese American, Vienna, Virginia PERFORMANCE TRADITIONS Aloha Boys (Hawaiian) -- Aloha Boys (Hawaiian)Glen Hirabayashi, McLean, VirginiaIsaac Ho'opi', McLean, VirginiaIrv Queja, McLean, Virginia American Bando Association (Burmese American) -- American Bando Association (Burmese American)Dara Brown, Bryan Carr, Sidney Grandison, Richard Gray, Fredericka Prevost, Levron Scuchalter, John Tolbert, André Turner, Duvon Winborne Bhangra and Giddha: Folk Dances of Punjab Burma American Buddhist Association Burmese American Dance -- Burmese American DanceKyaw Tha Hla, Myat Yin Chaw Cambodian American Heritage Inc. -- Cambodian American Heritage Inc.Solei Becker, Paula Chea, Bonavy Chhim, Juliana Dos, Angela Ea, Laura Kun, Marina Kun, Lynna Lam, Alyssa Lim, Davina Lim, Maleena Lim, Samontha Lushinski, Victoria Mam, Diana Ouk, Kristina Ouk, Aleeyha Sophia Prak, Grace Rafferty, Megan Jean Smith, Chhomnimol Murielle Sokhon, Voleak Evelyn Sokhon, Kesarah Touch, Elizabeth Yap, Erica Yap, Katherine Yap, Regina Yap, Stephanie Yap, Darlene You, Vannika Jasmine You Cambodian Buddhist Society Culture Group -- Cambodian Buddhist Society Culture GroupAnthony, Khalarath Bloesch, Kim Bloesch, Rachna Chhay, Rachny Chhay, Ngek Chum, Sovan Chum, Key Ek, Viphas Heng, Sophy Hoeung, Ra Klay, Elizabeth Korn, Dinita Mani, Masady Mani, Sok Nou, Chanversa Omkar, Chris Omkar, Joanna Pecore, Annong Phann, Dante Phann, Bobbharath Rithipol, Manida Sam, Vathana Say, Suejane Tan, Sunny Tech, Allsya Thao, Victor Thao, Sochietah Ung, Ganbott Voey Chinatown Community Cultural Center and the Wong People, Washington, D.C. -- Chinatown Community Cultural Center and the Wong People, Washington, D.C.Sifu Raymond Wong, Mei Cao, Sue Lin Li, Damian Ma, Charles Meadows, Michael Peters, Dat Phan, Can-Ye Wong Chinese Opera (Society for Kunqu Arts) Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company (Korean American), Washington, D.C. Dhroopad (Bangladeshi American) Fiji Vesi Tagitagi Ensemble -- Fiji Vesi Tagitagi EnsembleLitia Lomalagi, Sili Lomalagi, Louise Lomaloma, Sala Sucu, Saula Sucu Fil-Am Dance Ensemble (Migrant Heritage Commission) Ganga (Bengali American) -- Ganga (Bengali American)Hitabrata Roy, Vienna, VirginiaKrishna RoyBroto Roy, Falls Church, VirginiaNupur LahiriIndrajit Roy ChowdhuryGautam Adhikari Hakka Association in the Washington Metropolitan Area Hakka TungFa Chorus of Greater Washington, D.C. Halau Ho'omau (Hawaiian) Halau O'Aulani (Hawaiian) Hawaiian Serenaders and Dancers Himalayan Music Group from Nepal with Prem Raja Mahat India International School Kaur Foundation (Sikh) Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation Lao American Break-dancers -- Lao American Break-dancersBinly AKA Lancer, Kennedy Phounsiri, Ranny Sitthideth, Issy Visarayachack Lao American Women's Association of Greater Washington, D.C. -- Lao American Women's Association of Greater Washington, D.C.Sue Chaison, Reagan Naughton, Sengpheth Sandara, Nicky Tummatip Lao Heritage Foundation Musicians -- Lao Heritage Foundation MusiciansBriana Chaisone, Bobby Inthavong, Khamsa Sounviengxay, Xai Souphom Lao Swan Dance Group -- Lao Swan Dance GroupMimi Chanthaphone, Sivilay Phabmixay, Silidavone Phanthavong, Christina Sivanthaphanith Marshallese Community Mongolian School of Greater Washington Mongolian Wrestlers Nen Daiko—Ekoji Buddhist Temple (Japanese American) -- Nen Daiko—Ekoji Buddhist Temple (Japanese American)Cordula Dahal, Brant Horio, Maya Horio, Emily Ihara, Lisa Iwahara, Diane Miyasato, Greg Nakamura, Lisa Noguchi, Kevin Shin Nepal Dance School Nguyen Dinh Nghia (Vietnamese American), Bowie, Maryland -- Nguyen Dinh Nghia (Vietnamese American), Bowie, MarylandFa Hoang, Tuan Hoang, Tung Huynh, Hoa Nguyen, Phuong Nguyen, Trang Nguyen Northern Virginia Rondalla (Filipino American) Pakistani American Association Rumah Gadang (Indonesian American), Arlington, Virginia -- Rumah Gadang (Indonesian American), Arlington, VirginiaMuhammad Afdal, Nani Afdal, Ni Nyoman Noviantari Djangkuak, Obaida Farid, Zaafira Jaya, Hendri Julizardo, Malik Kadir, Sukiman Kadir, Urooba Khan, Julia Kurnia, Tera Kurnia, Aldo Lawindo, Alya Lawindo, Abdul Malik, Hairul Nizam, Raisha Nanda Noer, Putri Sudrajat, Vita Sumedi, Ni Kadek Sutami, Amara Wibowo, Jannah Alfallah Yusuf Sama Ensemble (Persian American) -- Sama Ensemble (Persian American)Ali Analouei, Giti Abrishami, Whoman Bahrami, Behnaz Bibizadeh, Steve Bloom, Naser Khorasani, Azam Shariatpanahi, Souri Shirzadi Samia Mahbub Ahmad (Indian American) -- Samia Mahbub Ahmad (Indian American)Samia Mahbub Ahmad, Vasanti Athavale, Debapriya Nayak Samoan Community of Washington, D.C. Shizumi Kodomo Dance Troupe (Japanese American) -- Shizumi Kodomo Dance Troupe (Japanese American)Misaki Buker, Sakurako Buker, Carolyn Hane, Shizumi Manale, Chie Meier, Maki Meier, Naomi Meier, Oksana Micheale, Jessa Nather, Rena Schwartz, Ami Yanai Sikh Kirtani Jatha Somapa Thai Dance Company -- Somapa Thai Dance CompanySuteera Nagavajara, Chotima Eiamchim, Saul Gonzalez, Puangtip Manakul, Geoffrey Nelson, Boosaba Pananon, Warin Tepayayone, Kotchakorn Thepnorarat, Daranee Yongpradit Sri Lankan Ensemble Sulu D.C. (Asian Pacific American) -- Sulu D.C. (Asian Pacific American)Kilusan Bautistsa, Lily Bee, Regie Cabico (host), Alexander Cena, Simone Jacobson, Gowri K, Jenny C. Lares, iLL-Literacy, The Pinstriped Rebel (deejay), SNRG, Tiayi Sun, Yoko K Sutera Malaysia Sutradhar Institute (Indian American) Tae Kwon Do Ultimate Kali-Eskrima (Filipino American) -- Ultimate Kali-Eskrima (Filipino American)Walter H. Crisostomo, Wesley H. Crisostomo, Lexi D. Crisostomo, Kibok Kim, Ron Laster, Hans Ege Werger Veiyasana Dance Troupe (Fijian American) -- Veiyasana Dance Troupe (Fijian American)Venina Bulewakula, Akisi Catanasiga, Emali Catanasiga, Evaloni Catanasiga, Emma Koroiveibau, Adi Lusiana Lomalagi, Sailasa Lomalagi, Mereadani Lomaloma, Josivini Tokalauvere Washington Chushan Chinese Opera Washington Gu-Zheng Ensemble -- Washington Gu-Zheng EnsembleGrace Chu, Alice Kan, Kent Kan, Jane Li, Li Li, Phoebe Liu, Angela Wang Washington Toho Koto Society -- Washington Toho Koto SocietyZainab Abdul-Rahim, Miya Aoki, Jim Best, Kyle Brady, Wanda Butler Hardie, Colin Khem, Lombar Martinez, Kyoko Okamoto, Keiko O'Rourke, Sachiko Smith, Izumi Tamanaha, Yoshiko Tucker Wat Thai of Washington, D.C. TALKSTORY DISCUSSION STAGE -- TALKSTORY DISCUSSION STAGEKiran Ahuja, Keola Akana, Chris Baltazar, Kumar Barve, Ahmad Borhani and family, Hung Bui, Eric Byler, Yoonmee Chang, Nicholas Chen, Wendy Cheng, Laura Chin, Harry Chow, Sandy Hoa Dang, Judith Do, Tammy Duckworth, Kimmie Duong, Ryan Edgar, Eni Faleomavaega, Theo-dric Feng, Cora Foley, Jennie Chin Hansen, Lisa Hasegawa, HIRO, Mazie Hirono, Vu Hoi, Michael Honda, Bel Leong Hong, Terry Hong, Nasima Hosain, Kun-yen Huang, Hoa Tu Huong, Tommy Hwang, Grant Ichikawa, Gina Inocencio, Tim Johnson, Tanya Joshua, Harminder Kaur, Mark Keam, Phyllis Khaing, Jeong H. Kim, Yann King, Harold Koh, Howard Koh, Soohyun Julie Koo, Ford Kuramoto, Chin-fun Kwok, Myoung-Won Kwon, Cherry Kwunyeun, Rosetta Lai, Jenny Lares, Brigitte Le, D. Lee, Susan Lee, Wendy Lim, Michael Lin, Lawrence Liu, Juanita Tamayo Lott, Gerald Maa, Harpal S. Mangat, Bertrand Mao, Gale Awaya McCallum, Lurline McGregor, Norman Mineta, V. Mirandah, Ruby Moy, Myamya Myaing, Hiu Newcomb and family, Long Nguyen, Franklin Odo, Annabel Park, H.K. Park, Alakananda Paul, Dilip Paul, Saswati Paul, Mali Phonpadith, Lili Qi, Shirley Queja, Sonia Reynolds, Anna Rhee, Amy Rider, Miriam Riedmiller, Noriko Sanefuji, Larry Shinagawa, Eric Shinseki, Shiro Shintaku, Sala Sucu, Saula Sucu, Carol Takafuji, Annie Tao, Take Toma, Sandi Tun, Carmelita Tursi, Kris Valderrama, Yeni Wong, Gerald Yamada, Bruce Yamashita, Joanne Yamauchi, Al Yanger, Charlotte Yeh, Joanna Zhao
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
CFCH.SFF.2010, Series 2
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