NOW Live from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

#WikiAPA: We’re Live (blogging)

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11am EST: Good morning folks! It’s a beautiful sunny (slightly humid but in the good way?) day here in New York City. Folks are starting to make their way to Coalition for Queens, greeted with fresh-baked nomnomonom from Chinatown. We’re sorting out the first articles to edit, and are just about ready to go with #WikiAPA! Can’t wait for the DC event to start soon!

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12:30pm EST: #WikiAPA is in full swing, with DC, NYC, Providence & Austin going strong and the West Coast tuning in! It’s around lunchtime now, check out all the eats happening throughout our events!

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What goes best with outdoor editing at Brown University? FRIED CHICKEN!!!! Ok, fried chicken goes best with everything.

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Filipino food from Tito Rad’s in Queens!!! It’s very…well, rad.

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Touché, LA, touché.

1:30pm EST: While we digested our grease here in NYC, Nancy Bulalacao came to speak about the Filipino American Museum, currently in the process of securing a spot to become the first museum of its kind. Much like what we’re doing today at #WikiAPA, FAM seeks to establish understanding and embrace for narratives that are often left out of mainstream sources. Thanks, Nancy, for leading an awesome discussion on building a global Asian Pacific America!

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2:30pm: What can we say? We’ve been #NerdingHard across the country!

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Seasoned Wikipedians came through to help show the ropes for those logging in for the first time.

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At the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC, SmithsonianAPA’s Masum Momaya and Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis talk about the importance of APA scholarship on Wikipedia.

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Asian Pacific America is such a vast field. In each city, we’ve suggested focuses relevant to the local communities. In Queens, that includes immigrant populations, particularly Filipino Americans and Southeast Asian Americans.

4pm EST: After a sweeeeeet editing session, we took another break to be reminded of why we do what we do. The wonderful Patricia Lee from our co-sponsor FWD.us spoke on the importance of acknowledging the experiences of immigrants from all backgrounds in our Asian Pacific American narrative. Snaps snaps to that!

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We were also treated to a prose and poetry reading by Jordan Alam, founder of Project As[I]Am, dedicated to unearthing the stories of historically-marginalized APA communities (sense a theme here?).

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6pm EST: We went a bit overtime in NYC, y’all. The editing was strong across the country. We made some amazing change today! Our next step is to instill a culture of APA scholarship across frequently-used information sources like Wikipedia. We’ll develop and present a framework for future #WikiAPA’s to follow. Stay tuned!

A big fat thank you to all of our partners who made #WikiAPA a whopping success:
Coalition For Queens
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wikimedia DC
Wikimedia NYC
Andrew Lih
FWD.us
NYU A/P/A
Asian American Writers Workshop
Filipino American Museum
Project As[I]Am
Asian Cinevision
Asian American Resource Center, Austin
Asian American Librarians Association
Los Angeles Public Library
UC San Diego Library
Brown University

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