On July 4th, , the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presents an experiment in cultural democracy — the first crowdsourced gallery of the Asian Pacific American experience around the world as lived on one day. The day was May 10, , the th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railway. The Transcontinental Railway was an unprecedented national project that relied heavily on Chinese labor, but whose Asian history was excluded from its visual documentation in the iconic picture of the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah taken on May 10, This crowdsourced experiment is motivated by this exclusion.
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Every product is independently selected by obsessive editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen dramatically over the past year, a trend often attributed to the racist, xenophobic rhetoric former president Donald Trump inflamed around the coronavirus pandemic. In August , the United Nations counted more than 1, bias-motivated incidents involving Asian Americans in the eight weeks between March and May alone. By September, the New York Police Department had documented a 1, percent jump in anti-Asian hate crimes within a month period.
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