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Blog Post: The AIDS Quilt, a Memorial. Learn about how families affected by the AIDS virus have shared their experiences through art. Image: Button with "National AIDS Vigil" text in white on black background

Blog Post: The AIDS Quilt, a Memorial. Learn about how families affected by the AIDS virus have shared their experiences through art. Image: Button with "National AIDS Vigil" text in white on black background

The "Good Food" Movement: in the 1970s, American chefs turned to Europe for inspiration in using local, artisanal produce. Image: Julia and Paul Child (center) examining lobsters at a Boston market in 1975 with characteristic care.

The "Good Food" Movement: in the American chefs turned to Europe for inspiration in using local, artisanal produce. Image: Julia and Paul Child (center) examining lobsters at a Boston market in 1975 with characteristic care.

Businesses around the world have often turned to "exotic" figures to help sell their products and give them a touch of intrigue. Belmont Bouquet used trade cards depicting a young Asian girl to sell their perfume. From the Archives Collection of the national Museum of American History.

Businesses around the world have often turned to "exotic" figures to help sell their products and give them a touch of intrigue. Belmont Bouquet used trade cards depicting a young Asian girl to sell their perfume. From the Archives Collection of the national Museum of American History.

Businesses around the world have often turned to "exotic" figures to help sell their products and give them a touch of intrigue. Belmont Bouquet used trade cards depicting a young Asian girl to sell their perfume. From the Archives Collection of the national Museum of American History.

Businesses around the world have often turned to "exotic" figures to help sell their products and give them a touch of intrigue. Belmont Bouquet used trade cards depicting a young Asian girl to sell their perfume. From the Archives Collection of the national Museum of American History.

James Kyaw Gold Sushi Chef Jacket, c. 1986 - Asian immigrants and families coming to the U.S. have often found work in th efood services industry and built successful small businesses. The jacket was worn by James Kyaw a sushi chef for Advanced Fresh Concepts Corporation (AFC). The design is based on the Japanese happi coat, a straight sleeve coat. It is gold with a navy trim and fastens with one button in the front. The AFC logo, “Southern Tsunami,” is embroidered on the left breast panel.

James Kyaw Gold Sushi Chef Jacket, c. 1986 - Asian immigrants and families coming to the U.S. have often found work in th efood services industry and built successful small businesses. The jacket was worn by James Kyaw a sushi chef for Advanced Fresh Concepts Corporation (AFC). The design is based on the Japanese happi coat, a straight sleeve coat. It is gold with a navy trim and fastens with one button in the front. The AFC logo, “Southern Tsunami,” is embroidered on the left breast panel.

Asian Girl with Stringed Instrument - from the collection of Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereographs (1895-1921). From the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History.

Asian Girl with Stringed Instrument - from the collection of Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereographs From the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History.

Newspapers can be a great resource for determining what issues and events are most important to a community.  South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association - Newsletter, October 1994.  From the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History.

Newspapers can be a great resource for determining what issues and events are most important to a community. South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association - Newsletter, October From the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History.

Kristi Yamaguchi: First Asian American Woman to Bring Home the Gold! Kristi Yamaguchi skated her way to a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville and went on to be one of the most beloved ice skaters in America. Yamaguchi was born with a foot condition and started skating to strengthen her feet and ankles.

Kristi Yamaguchi: First Asian American Woman to Bring Home the Gold! Kristi Yamaguchi skated her way to a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville and went on to be one of the most beloved ice skaters in America. Yamaguchi was born with a foot condition and started skating to strengthen her feet and ankles.

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates produced this banner, with “Justice” written in Chinese, for a campaign against sweatshop abuses, about 1993

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates produced this banner, with “Justice” written in Chinese, for a campaign against sweatshop abuses, about 1993