Asian Pacific American Center (APAC)

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Yao-Fen You, Acting Director

The Asian Pacific American Center promotes the appreciation, inclusion, and understanding of Asian Pacific American history, art, and culture through exhibitions, collections, research, and public programs. The Center works in partnership with museums, galleries, and centers throughout the Smithsonian, across the country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Research Staff:

Davis, Lawrence-Minh Bùi, Curator of Asian American Studies. B.A. University of Maryland; MFA, San Diego State; Ph.D. University of Maryland. Research specialties: Asian American literature, Asian American studies, critical mixed-race studies, Asian American and Asian diasporic art, Asian-Latino intersections, comparative ethnic studies, southeast Asian diasporic studies, literary publishing, 20th century American literature, avant-garde literatures, digital pedagogy and digital humanities. Contact:

Correas, Kālewa, Curator of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. B.A.; B.S. FullSail University; M.A., Ph.D. (candidate) University of Hawai‘i. Research specialties: Virtual Realities, Augmented Realities, Human Potential Studies, Systems Design, Audio Design, Traditional Hawaiian Society, Polynesian Intersectionality and Spatial Information Systems. Contact:

Johnston, Healoha, Curator of Asian Pacific American Women’s History. B.A. and M.A. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Research specialties: Visual culture, contemporary art. Contact:

Affiliated Research Staff:

Gonzalves, Theodore S., Curator of Asian Pacific American History, Smithsonian National Museum of American History. B.S. Santa Clara University; M.A. San Francisco State University; Ph.D. University of California at Irvine. Research specialties: Asian American history, Filipino American studies, and U.S.-Philippine relations; culture and the performing arts; comparative cultural studies. Contact:

Luis, Adriel, Museum Curator of Digital and Emerging Media. B.S. University of California, Davis. Research specialties: Independent media and underground culture, digital piracy, new media for social change, web trends, Black and Asian dynamics in America, Asian Pacific Americans in hip-hop, graphic design, and web development. Contact:

Neighbors, Andrea Kim, Manager of Educational Initiatives. B.S. University of California, Davis. Research specialties: Curriculum design and pedagogy, museum visitor experience. Contact:

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