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Teaching the Pacific

Teaching the Pacific: A New Initiative by the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Saturday, February 25, 2012
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum
695 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

This collaborative event for students and educators in the community marks the launch of PIEAM’s educational programs and AASC’s latest special issue of Amerasia Journal, “Transoceanic Flows: Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire.” Supportive of the emerging field of Pacific Islander Studies, the AASC and PIEAM affirm the vital role that Pacific Islander Studies can play in curricula for learners and scholars of all ages and levels.

Join us at PIEAM on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM for this free event. Teaching the Pacific will spotlight the living arts of the Pacific Islands, including demonstrations from authentic food vendors, carvers, and weavers and feature the following presenters:

  • Acclaimed Samoan artist and writer Dan Taulapapa McMullin
  • Recently hired UCLA Maori faculty member Michelle Erai
  • Manaia W. Petaia, faculty advisor for Pacific Islander Clubs at the Jackie Robinson Academy (K-8) and Cabrillo High School
  • UCLA graduate students working in Pacific Islander Studies

* PIEAM’s educational programs include school and community tours, docent training, online resources and volunteer opportunities.

* The Amerasia Journal special issue, “Transoceanic Flows: Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire” is guest edited by UCLA Professor Keith Camacho, the first Pacific Islander faculty member in the University of California system. The issue includes innovative research and creative work from leading Pacific Islander scholars and artists.

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