CERRITOS,CA-Learning about where we come from is as important as knowing where we are going. The City of Cerritos and Cerritos Library are presenting a unique exhibition -”I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” The exhibition which began on, January 3 will be open to the public through Feb 28.
Mayor of Cerritos Carol K. Chen,graced the opening with a welcome address. Presentations of dance and music by local groups as well as origami crafts and story time with Asian Pacific American themes and anime films for the children also took place. The exhibition is a celebration of Asian Pacific American history across a
The exhibit also featured Jhumpa Lahiri. It told us about “Interpreter of Maladies,” her first short story which won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction as well as “The Namesake,” her first novel which was later made into a movie with the same name.
“I Want the Wide American Earth” by Filipino-American poet Carlos Bulosan, a man who expressed the hardships of Filipino-Americans, is where the title of this exhibit comes from. The curator of this exhibition is Lawrence-Ming Bui Davis, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Initiative coordinator.Some of the cultural and historical objects have been obtained from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum which is a Smithsonian Institute Affliate. Unique and first of its kind, the exhibition humanizes the hardships Asian Pacific Americans have gone through to establish a place for themselves. Banners on display tell the story of the struggles the Asian immigrants faced and how they overcame grave obstacles. Additionally, there are pottery pieces, sculptures, paper fans, and other historical pieces to bring history to the present for the current generation to read and understand where they came from. The exhibition is on at the Cerritos Library located at 18025 Bloomfield Ave, CA - 90703