Documentary Heritage Program Supports Survey of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Documentary Heritage Program Supports Survey of the Asian Pacific American Experience


This photograph, “Wing Fong Chin at work, 1970s,” is an example of the historical materials to be surveyed with funding from the DHP.

METRO’s Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) is pleased to announce that it has subcontracted with New York University’s Tamiment Library and Asian Pacific American Institute to support a yearlong survey of material documenting the history of the Asian Pacific American (A/P/A) community in the New York metropolitan area.

The DHP subcontract will support dedicated staffing at NYU to conduct vigorous survey activities to identify historically important materials relating to the A/P/A experience and to develop long-term documentation strategies. In the words of Project Director Dr. Michael Nash, “METRO funding will make it possible to develop a systematic outreach strategy and organize the survey in ways that will produce significant results.”

The survey will cover materials from organizations such as the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, as well as the personal papers of individuals, including playwright David Henry Hwang, artist Fay Chiang, writer Jessica Hagedorn, and many others.

METRO’s DHP provides subcontracts to enable libraries and archives in New York City and Westchester County to conduct archival surveys that document communities, socio-cultural events, or time periods that are currently under-documented. In so doing, the DHP helps to protect and expand access to important archival holdings that reflect the New York metropolitan area’s rich culture and history. Learn more about the DHP.

Sam Streed
Author: Sam Streed
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