Student protest against proposed cultural and ethnic diversity (CED) requirement, University of Washington campus © 1994, courtesy of International Examiner

News from a 2012 Heritage Special Projects recipient

International Examiner has recently posted it’s “Snapshots in Time” online photo project – a collection of images that span social movements, civic engagement, immigration and a changing landscape in Seattle’s Asian Pacific Islander community. Christina Twu, IE Editor, shares the impact of the project:

It has been a huge and wonderful privilege for International Examiner to work on “Snapshots in Time”: Uncovering King County’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage and Identity. For years and decades, community members have gone to us to find photos capturing historic moments such as the 1972 Kingdome rally and ribbon-cutting ceremonies of API-serving organizations such as International Community Health Services (ICHS).

Thanks to 4Culture, a dedicated International Examiner staff and steering committee and 70 organizations who contributed to our photo archives, we now have capacity to showcase all of these moments that have defined Asian Pacific American history in the Greater Seattle Area from as early as 1936 to 2010.

According to “Snapshots” project coordinator Tuyen Than: “A photo is worth a thousand words [and] instantly captures feelings and emotions of a time that will never happen again. To deny this part of our history is to deny a piece of our American identity.”

Now we have our history and pieces of our identity captured, archived, digitized, catalogued and posted online — and potentially thousands of more moments to showcase as more photos are submitted.

Image: Student protest against proposed cultural and ethnic diversity (CED) requirement, University of Washington campus © 1994, courtesy of International Examiner