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Asian Pacific Americans in the Performing Arts

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Performing Arts +1 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This topical collection includes resources about Asian Pacific American actors, choreographers, spoken word poets, musicians, composers, comedians, filmmakers, and stage performers. The collection includes portraits, videos and articles. 

Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussions about Asian Pacific American representation in the performing arts. This collection is not comprehensive, but rather provides a launching point for research and study. 

This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.  

Keywords: entertainment, actress, magician, dancer, “Siamese twins”, entrepreneur, Moana, Mulan, Anna May Wong, Chinese American, George Takei, Japanese American, Michio Ito, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Korean American, Regie Cabico, Filipino American, Yo Yo Ma, Aziz Anzari, Mindy Kaling, Indian American, Bruce Lee

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Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Mulan Lunch Box

National Museum of American History

Mulan Thermos

National Museum of American History

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong in "On The Spot"

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

Smithsonian American Art Museum

George Takei

National Portrait Gallery

"Check One" – Regie Cabico

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Five Minutes of Political Theater: Spoken Word Poet Regie Cabico

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Michio Ito

National Portrait Gallery

Michio Ito in "The Wine Dance"

National Portrait Gallery

Michio Ito

National Portrait Gallery

Dana Tai Soon Burgess

National Portrait Gallery

Sarah Chang

National Portrait Gallery

Seiji Ozawa

National Portrait Gallery

Yo Yo Ma

National Portrait Gallery

James Wong Howe

National Portrait Gallery

The World of Suzie Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Sessue Hayakawa

National Portrait Gallery

Why I Love Cece Parekh and Mindy Lahiri

Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project

Bruce Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Daniel Dae Kim

National Portrait Gallery

Moon Kwan

National Portrait Gallery

Bobby Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

The World Renown [sic] Long Tack Sam

National Portrait Gallery

Ram Gopal

National Portrait Gallery

Ram Gopal

National Portrait Gallery

Qi Shu Fang

National Portrait Gallery

Qi Shu Fang

National Portrait Gallery

Ding Mei Kui

National Portrait Gallery

Ding Mei Kui

National Portrait Gallery

Siamese Twins

National Portrait Gallery