We are Here is a stunning anthology licensed in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center that celebrates 30 of the most inspiring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in U.S. history. Based on the book, APAC has created 30 Learning Lab collections that introduce visitors to Asian American and Pacific Islander artists, activists, scientists, writers, and more. Each Lab includes access to objects, works of art, videos, archival materials, and websites that expand each person's biography in We Are Here.
This Learning Lab collection about Hinaleimoana Kwai Kong Wong-Kalu is in a series of 30 collections based on the book, We Are Here: 30 Inspiring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who Have Shaped the United States. Each collection includes images of objects in the Smithsonian collections and links to community-created resources, including videos, archives, and more. Each collection takes a deeper dive into important histories and stories related to each individual featured in the book to provide additional context about the cultures and societies they are connected with. To help summarize and reflect on what you learn about each individual in these collections, we have provided Harvard Project Zero thinking routines and reflection questions that can be used in the classroom, in library activities, and at home.
We Are Here is an anthology of stories about artists, activists, athletes, scientists, journalists, and more. These stories are bought to you by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), one of 21 units (museums, archives, libraries, etc.) at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. We invite you to use this topical Learning Lab collection to learn more about individuals who have shaped the United States in critical ways through art-making, writing, or activism and who have been shaped by their global connections.
To learn more about We Are Here, which was developed by Smithsonian Books, Running Press Books, and APAC, please visit the Hachette Book Group website.
Please visit the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s website to learn more about our work and other offerings for educators and students.