When: Thu., Aug. 21, 6-8 p.m. 2014
On May 10, 2014, in honor of the 145th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center issued a call for people to populate the internet with Asian Pacific American imagery, and to submit their images for a group exhibition entitled A Day In the Life of Asian Pacific America. More than five hundred people heeded the call, forming a pool of approximately 2,000 photographs that offered a diverse representation of the contemporary APA experience. Now, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (388 9th St., #290, Oakland) is housing the exhibit, and on Thursday, will be hosting a night of poetry readings — featuring Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong and Arlene Biala — that respond to the pieces. The event will also be a release party for the first issue of I am Here, a zine put together by OACC that features work by American Pacific Islander artists and authors, each contributing a personal point of view to the compiled picture of the API artistic community. Free copies of I am Here will be distributed at the event.