Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) announces upcoming national forum on promoting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) heritage in Washington, DC in September 14-16, 2014.
Every two years, APIAHiP’s National APIA Historic Preservation Forum attracts over 150 community leaders from APIA preservation-related organizations and projects across the country making it one of the largest gatherings of community-based preservationists, policymakers, and legislative representatives working with APIA-related heritage and preservation across the United States and American territories. Hundreds have participated and attended the biennial National APIA Historic Preservation Forum since 2010. Forum Chair, Michelle Magalong, says, “We look forward to continuing to exceed the expectations of our attendees and partners through programs, workshops, events, and activities designed to build partnerships and visibility in promoting APIA heritage.”
The 2014 Forum provides an opportunity to connect APIA communities across the United States and to engage more deeply in policy and advocacy related to APIA heritage and preservation. With the theme, “Building National Visibility and Partnerships to Promote APIA Heritage,” the 2014 Forum is a unique opportunity to:
• interact with local and national preservation organizations to develop innovative solutions and build partnerships;
• dialogue with experts on preservation policy issues;
• advance community-based solutions that collectively address the increasing need for more visibility of historic sites and more engagement in historic and cultural preservation;
• advocate and preserve APIA historic sites and cultural resources; and• network and collaborate with APIA preservation-related organizations and leaders to build national partnerships to promote APIA heritage.
The 2014 Forum provides an opportunity to connect to more APIA communities beyond the West Coast and to engage more deeply in policy and advocacy related to APIA heritage and preservation. This is an important moment to strengthen connections at the federal level with the recent efforts by the National Park Service Asian Pacific Islander Initiative.
Day 1: Sunday, September 14, 2014
The first day of our 2014 Forum includes community tours of APIA historic and cultural sites, affinity meetings and our Opening Reception at Hilton Crystal City. During our Opening Reception, we will honor Joseph Quinata from Guam Preservation Trust with our Preservation Pioneer Award.
Day 2: Monday, September 15, 2014
The second day consists of keynote speakers, educational sessions, and general dialogue sessions on various topics related to historic and cultural preservation in APIA communities. The day session will be held at the Partnership for Public Service. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
During the evening, we will convene at the Hilton Crystal City for our Awards Dinner. This event is sponsored by Guam Preservation. Honoress include Dr. Franklin Odo, Dr. Munson Kwok, and Suellen Cheng -- all long-time advocates for historic preservation in APIA communities. Get ready to kick up your shoes and dance the night away!
Day 3: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The final day of our 2014 Forum will focus on building national partnerships and visibility as we convene at the Department of the Interior during the morning and then visit the US Capital Building in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The day will convene with a Closing Reception.
The 2014 Forum is co-sponsored by Guam Preservation Trust, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) is a national network of preservationists, historians, planners, and advocates focused on historic and cultural preservation in Asian & Pacific Islander American communities.