By Tracy Orillo-Donovan for the UH – Konrad Ng, an assistant professor in UH Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media (ACM) and a scholar of Asian-American cinema and digital media, is serving as acting director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program this summer.
Ng was a scholar-in-residence at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program in Fall 2009, and has a decade-long history of working in Asian and Asian-American cultural institutions, programs, and organizations. According to Tom Brislin, ACM chair, “The Smithsonian felt that Dr. Ng’s scholarship in cinema and digital media, and his previous administrative and curatorial experience in cultural organizations would be helpful in developing this prestigious national program.”
Ng will manage the program while a search is conducted for a permanent director. The program was headed by former UH Mānoa Professor Franklin Odo, who recently retired.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program as its acting director for the summer,” said Ng. “The program plays an important role in highlighting the experience of Asians, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians in the telling of the American story. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and its students can play a role in telling this story, and I am excited to explore ways we can add these voices.”
The Smithsonian Institution, the nation’s premier complex of museums, has embarked on an historic journey to incorporate the meaningful elements of Asian Pacific American (APA) heritages into its museum and offices. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program works to better reflect the APA experience in Smithsonian collections, research, exhibitions, education, and national outreach. It therefore improves the public’s appreciation of the crucial roles that Asian Pacific Americans have played in American history and, simultaneously, empowers APA communities in their sense of inclusion within our national culture. For information, visit //apa.si.edu/.
UH Mānoa’s Academy for Creative Media emphasizes narrative, or storytelling, theories, skills and application across multiple platforms of digital media and within a context of cultural and aesthetic values. For more information, visit www.hawaii.edu/acm/
The University of Hawai`i at Mānoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing more than 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Mānoa students matriculate in an enriching environment for the global exchange of ideas. For more information, visit https://manoa.hawaii.edu.