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Southeast Asian American Films

This collection includes links to documentaries by & about Southeast Asian Americans. The videos are of varying lengths and cover a range of topics.

Keywords: Asia* America*, Southeast Asia*, Southeast Asian America*

Southeast Asian Digital Archive

Southeast Asian Americans in Lowell, MA

Lowell, Massachusetts is home to the second-largest Cambodian American population in the United States, with significant numbers of Vietnamese, Lao, Hmong, and more recent Burmese refugees (of varying ethnicities). The materials in this collection, compiled by the UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies and Southeast Asian Digital Archive, provide an overview of this diverse population.

BACKGROUND: The wars in Southeast Asia (SEA), stretching from the last 1950s to the late 1970s, involved Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, as well as other countries embroiled in the Cold War, including the United States and China. The conflicts resulted in over 1.2 million Southeast Asian refugees to the U.S. since 1975. 

In the late 1970s, Lowell, Massachusetts, served as a relocation center and secondary migration hub for SEA refugees. The 1980 U.S. Refugee Act  amended the earlier Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act. It raised the annual ceiling for refugees from 17,400 to 50,000, created a process for reviewing and adjusting the refugee ceiling to meet emergencies, and required annual consultation between Congress and the President. 

According to the US Census Bureau, Lowell's population of 106,519 residents is over 20% Asian American, with approximately 14,470 Cambodian Americans, ~2,057 Vietnamese American, and ~1,500 Lao Americans. (The Census also records 2,472 South Asian Americans and 322 Filipino Americans in Lowell). Community estimates are that approximately 300 Burmese refugees (including Karen, Karenni, Kachin, and other ethnic groups) reside in Lowell.

But community leaders actually believe that greater numbers live in this city; some immigrants and refugees do not report their numbers due to fears of deportation or fears of governmental officials. So the estimates of the Asian American population in Lowell range from 25,000-35,000.

Nearby Lynn, MA, is home to the third-largest Cambodian American population in the US, while Boston, MA, is home to a significant number of Vietnamese Americans, particularly in the Dorchester neighborhood. Providence, RI, is home to a large Lao Amerian population.

For a 2012 overview of Asian American communities in Massachusetts, please visit "Asian Americans in Massachusetts: A Census Profile." 

Keywords: Asia* America*, Cambodia* America*, Lao* America*, Laotian, Vietnam* America*, Burm* America*, Chin* America*, Bhutan* America*, Bhutanese, Southeast Asia*, politic*, cultur*, oral histor*, newspaper*, Khmer Post

#APA2018 #TCSLowell 

Southeast Asian Digital Archive

Japanese American Incarceration: Images of Camp Life

This topical collection includes photographs and inmate-created artwork of life in Japanese American Incarceration camps.  It is one in a series of collections, each containing different types of resources, about the Japanese American Incarceration; see also Japanese Incarceration: Publications, Letters, and Other DocumentsJapanese American Incarceration: Camp Objects, and Japanese American Incarceration: Articles and Videos about Inmate Experiences.

In February 1942, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and authorized the imprisonment of approximately 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in incarceration camps.  This order was not rescinded until 1945.

Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussion; for example, how these images may reveal experiences of children and teenagers growing up in the camps. 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: internment camp, Akio Ujihara, Yosh Kuromiya, world war ii, ww2, wwii, Jerome, Arkansas, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Rohwer, Manzanar, California, Gila River, Arizona, Amache, Colorado, Tule Lake, Topaz, Utah, Minidoka, Idaho


Tess Porter

Women in Hip-Hop: Kickstarter Edition

A curated collection of Women in Hip-Hop for #HipHopHistory Kickstarter Backers

Smithsonian Advancement

Man In The Mirror

This collection is dedicated in memory of the KING OF POP. It includes images throughout MJ's career and explores his many different looks.


Reynaldo Quinn

Sports and Pastimes Pertaining to Colonial America Before 1865

This is a collection of the sports and recreational activities enjoyed by the early colonial Americans of this time period before 1865. Not only played by the civilians but also soldiers as well ,to occupy themselves while they were away from home.

Brandon Okiche


Impressionism, an art movement that began in France and was most prevalent from approximately 1872-1892, was an innovative and important precursor to several different art styles. It focused on capturing everyday scenes, changing light, and moments of motion. Forerunners of this movement include artists such as Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas.

Characteristics of Impressionism include quick and non-blended brush strokes, occasional unmixed colors, and an overall appearance of the "impression" of a situation-- not necessarily a fully rendered, academic image.

[All images in this collection have been personally uploaded from and credited to Wikimedia Commons.]

Alexander Falone

Communities of Style: Wearing Our Truth


The following collection will explore the "Elements of Style" in our community and the  political and/or cultural truth they represent from the perspective of Folk Culture Interns from The Dr. Beverly Robinson Community Folk Culture Program at Mind-Builders in the Bronx, as well as from local artists, family, style exemplars, and other community members.


George Zavala

Native American Art and Artists

The artworks in this collection were made by artists who identify as Native American. What can we learn from the diversity of media and subject matter? How might these works be used to counter stereotypical narratives about American Indians? 

Created for a March 20, 2018 webinar with Montana teachers.

Phoebe Hillemann


A collection of various self-portraits throughout art history, for exploration and comparison.

Self-portraits have been prevalent for centuries as ways for artists to immortalize themselves and their passions. As you engage with this collection, ask yourself some of the following questions: Why did the artists choose to paint themselves in this way? What similarities and differences do you notice among these portraits? Why might these artists decide to include certain clothing or objects in their paintings?

By studying these paintings, we can gain a better understanding of who these artists were and what they valued.

Alexander Falone

Music of pre-1865

About the collection:

This collection of pictures and articles represent what American music was like before 1865. It seems that music is often looked over when studying history, but it shouldn't be. The evolution of music in this time period is significant in that it represents people starting to think and change their thoughts and beliefs, away from just religion.

Up until around the 18th century, the music in the colonies did not differ too much from Europe. Since the colonists came from Europe during its religious era, it's no surprise that colonial music was mostly secular music. Around mid-18th century, which is when the colonies decided that they needed a government, music started to move away from religion and began being used to spread patriotism. Other genres of music such as folk and blue also started to become popular during this time.

New instruments were made during this time to fit the newer genres. Some of the new instruments include banjo, fife, mandolin, and pochette. Most of these new instruments were just derivations of existing instruments, namely violin and guitar. However, the sound they produced are very distinct; instruments like pochette, basically a skinny violin, produced sounds that lacked depth; in other words, it sounded more 'country.' 

Collection Content:

  1. Windfor and York tune [Music]
  2. Colonial musicians [Painting]
  3. Colonial dance [Painting]
  4. Christmas music in Colonial Days [Article]
  5. American Colonial Music [Article]
  6. The Maine's Avenger [Music]
  7. 8-Key Bassoon [Picture]
  8. Old violin case [Picture]
  9. Flute and case [Picture]
  10. Old piano [Picture]

Collection Content

  1. Windfor and York tune [Music]
    1. A piece of earlier music. It is from 17th century.
  2. Colonial musicians [Painting]
    1. This painting shows that the instrumentation of upper-class colonists didn't differ much from European instrumentation. A string ensemble.
  3. Colonial dance [Painting
    1. This painting shows the dancing styles of the colonists also did not differ too much from the Europeans, at least in its earlier ages, 18th century.
  4. Christmas music in Colonial Days [Article]
    1. This articles informs what music was like during the holiday seasons in the colonies.
  5. American Colonial Music [Article]
    1. This article shows the different instrumentations of the colonies during 17th and 18th centuries.
  6. The Maine's Avenger [Music]
    1. A piece of music, a bit later, of 18th century. This piece is patriotic.
  7. 8-Key Bassoon [Picture
    1. A derivation from a clarinet, an 8-key bassoon.
  8. Old violin case [Picture
    1. Made from leather and wood.
  9. Flute and case [Picture
    1. Can see this looks different from modern flutes. It is made from wood instead of metal.
  10. Old piano [Picture]
    1. Can see this looks different from modern acoustic pianos. It was owned mostly by richer families.


Tags: Music, Colonies, Colonialism, Folk, 18th century music, 19th century music, Religion, Patriotism, Cajun, Blues, fife, banjo, mandolin, pochette

Shon H

The Mayans

This collection was created for Honors World Studies to be an introduction to the Maya Civilization. Items in this collection were found via Smithsonian Learning Lab and additional outside research. Appropriate citations have been included.

Amelia Ingraham


This collection was created for Honors World Studies be an introduction to the Aztec Civilization. Items in this collection were found via Smithsonian Learning Lab and additional outside research. Appropriate citations have been included.

Makenzie Drake

Sidney Mobell Collection

Smithsonian OCIO Web Admin

Amelia Earhart: America's Aviatrix

Students will use the elements of portrayal to analyze portraits of Amelia Earhart and listen to a speech to learn biographic details.


Christy Ting

A STEAM Approach to Exploring Identity with Your Students

How is identity constructed? What role does biology play? 

This collection will highlight:

-how portraiture can be integrated into the science classroom by making connections between identity and genetics

-how we can explore identity from a broader perspective, utilizing global thinking routines

This collection is a collaboration between a Portrait Gallery educator and a high school IB Biology teacher, and was the topic of a professional development workshop at the museum and an NAEA session, both in March 2018. 


Briana White

Remembering Dr. King: Six American Artists Respond

April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. These six artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection were created between 1968 and 1996, and respond to Dr. King's legacy in different ways. What does the date of each artwork tell us about the context during which it was made? What can we learn from looking at them as a collection?

Created for a March 1, 2018 webinar for alumni of SAAM's Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. 

#saamteach #martinlutherkingjr #mlk

Phoebe Hillemann

Crayola Creative Leadership - Unit 3, Year 2 - Personal Narratives

Creative Leadership Unit 3 collection pieces.

Crayola Education

Are You Sold?

Taking an eclectic look at advertisements in the past few decades.

Marvin Luu

3-D Paper Puzzler: Hermit Crabs

Students at the Hirshhorn ARTLAB+ program have been experimenting with 3-dimensional digital paper craft. One of them even showed her papercraft dinosaur at the White House's first Maker Faire!

This collection includes images and video of hermit crabs, both live and from our art collections, as well as instructions and printable templates to make a 3-dimensional hermit crab shell from three sheets of paper.

Philippa Rappoport

Astrophotography: Student Activity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

In this student activity, you’ll use specialized image processing software to bring out visual details from images of objects like the Moon, Sun, star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies. After you analyze your own image(s), you’ll have an opportunity to research related astronomy information and to share your scientific and artistic interpretations of your telescope data.
Ashley Naranjo

Objects of Leisure: Children's Toys from 1750-1899

This exhibit showcases objects of leisure, focusing on children's toys like wooden wagons and paper dolls. These artifacts depict evolving themes of childhood and growth in North America from the mid-18th to the late-19th centuries. These material objects established and enforced the traditional gender roles of the time periods during which they were created. Toymakers often targeted specific younger audiences, catering their designs to whichever gender was socially suited to the toy. Toys were either made by artisanal third parties who were paid for their products or were constructed by individuals from objects that were had on-hand within the home. The toys educated young children in socially accepted gender roles, assigning girls to feminine notions of domesticity and modesty, while resigning boys to more masculine pursuits of rough play and control-seeking. By analyzing these artifacts and material objects, present day historians and audiences alike can become better informed about past sociocultural trends and gender roles, making for a more informed public. This can allow modern viewers to better contextualize historical subjects.

Anna Kosub

Smithsonian Project: Early American Colonialization

This project is a collection of several mediums that represent the life of early American colonization and the 13 colonies. Delve into what it was like to live during the eighteenth century by reading the first-hand accounts of everyday people, including city dwellers and farmers, businessmen and bankers, artisans and merchants, artists and their patrons, politicians and their constituents. Original texts make the American, French, and Industrial revolutions vividly contemporary.

Nazion Austin

Objects and Materials associated with peoples lifestyles in The Colonial Period

People in colonial America worked hard to make a living, and they had to meet many of their needs for food, clothing, and shelter through their effort. All family members worked together to carry out this work. At home, men and women worked hard, but their responsibilities were different. Women took care of the house, while men headed their households and spent most of their time working. Men also took responsibility for running the farms and did the planting, plowing, and gathering of crops; they also built their homes and hunted animals for food. Children helped the house too. Young kids were given tasks such as gathering wood and water while older girls helped their mothers maintain the household. Older boys helped their fathers in the fields.

  Colonial America had three social groups or classes; most people belong to the middle class, they owned farms or businesses while the small upper class or gentry included wealthy farmers, government officials, and lawyers, at the bottom, were indentured servants or slaved Africans. The colonial period covered the history of the Europeans who settled in America from the start of colonization in the early 16th century till the revolutionary war. This collection typically describes how their lives were.

Abesolom Berakhi
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