Worth a Thousand Words

Smithsonian curator Theodore Gonzalves ’90 catalogues Asian Pacific American history through objects in his latest book.

In his latest book, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American History, Art, and Culture in 101 Objects, Smithsonian curator Theodore Gonzalves ’90 hopes to highlight shared experiences across time and space through objects.

“An object is a form of evidence for scholars, curators, researchers, [and] archivists to help sketch out the story and make the stories as clear as possible,” Gonzalves says. “They’re a way for visitors of museums to be able to encounter [and] have a relationship with a particular object.”

The book features illustrations of objects that engage with Asian Pacific American issues including the immigrant experience, media representation, and what history gets documented vs. what doesn’t.

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Think: an asparagus knife used by Filipino/a workers, a photograph of Hollywood’s first Chinese American actress Anna May Wong, and a Hello Kitty bento box.

According to Gonzalves, part of the art of being a curator is looking at how the physical properties of an object connect to a greater context. This is especially important for Asia Pacific Americans due to their history of movement. “There is a great deal of narratives and stories that concern labor, migration, travel, solidarity, standing up for each other, and building cultures of resistance and communities together,” he says. “We find that time and again in shared experiences of a group of people, whose stories have really been centuries in the making.”

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