I work as a curator in a research/education unit (not a museum) of the Smithsonian, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, in Wash DC. Prior to this, I lived and worked in Los Angeles on public programs, media and documentation projects, and exhibitions developed out of community collaborations based in museums and libraries, including the Japanese American National Museum and the Los Angeles Central Library.
The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage focuses on engaging heritage policy and cultural sustainability practices with communities both in the U.S. and around the world. Our office produces two public-facing signature programs: the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. These involve collaboration with artists and cultural practitioners, community organizations/NGOs, scholars, curators, producers, as well as governmental entities. Most recently, I have been working on a project, "Sounds of California," in collaboration with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and Radio Bilingue, which explores how California communities express and document migration experiences through music. I am also involved in two grassroots Asian Pacific American historic preservation networks: Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation and the 1882 Project/Foundation.
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Museum, Humanities, Consortia and Networks, Research