Exhibit Honoring Asian Pacific Americans at the Fairfax Museum

Exhibit Honoring Asian Pacific Americans at the Fairfax Museum

Vietnam refugees.

Vietnam refugees. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Navy


Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center

10209 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day)

Free admission and free parking available/Handicap accessible

To arrange group guided tours, contact susan.gray@fairfa... or call 703-385-8415.

An innovative exhibit, considered a first of its kind, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific Story,” will be at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center through Dec. 31, 2018. Created in 2013 by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibit is on its 13-city national tour. The exhibit uses Filipino-American writer Carlos Bulosan’s poem, “I Want the Wide American Earth” as the backdrop to share the complex story of Asian Pacific American history. It explains how Asian and Pacific Americans have influenced history in the United States. There are 30 banners presenting different cultures from various countries in Asia to the Pacific Islands and Polynesia. The exhibit also honors the lives of the first Asian immigrants and celebrates the successes of the present generation.