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Intersectionality: The Evolution of Hapa

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 05.23.2016 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Hapa is a term that emerges from Hawaiian vernacular to describe a person of mixed Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Photographer Kip Fulbeck provides a startling and compelling examination of this mixed identity construct in his seminal Hapa Project.

Where Do We Stand (As We Are Able)? Latinos and the ADA 25 Years Later

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.28.2016 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

While it is true that we have much to celebrate with the protections afforded by the ADA, the Latino community has a long way to go in securing equal safeguards.

What Might Have Been; Treaties and Nation-Building

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Nation to Nation; Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, the recently installed exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, is one of the most difficult and troubling exhibitions I've ever experienced. It is also the best history exhibition I've seen at the Smithsonian.

Don't Ignore the Banks for the Stream

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Jim Estrada has gifted us a poignant and highly usable guide to navigate the culture and the foundational importance of Latino USA.

The Nuevo South: A Changing Landscape

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The South hasn't exactly rolled out the welcome mat for Latinos. These three institutions, on the other hand, have, and they and the communities they serve are better for it.

Y a mi, qué? Who Does the Civil Rights Movement Belong To?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

How can an exhibit in Brooklyn about the civil rights movement not include the history of the Young Lords, and the Puerto Rican political movement and the artists it inspired throughout the '60s and beyond?

César Chávez: An American Legend Remembered

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

Despite Chávez's concerted efforts, estrangement occurs, but one, especially a father of grown children like me, is left hopeful, and a tearful mess, when we see the son reading a thoughtful and soulful letter of amends from his hero father.

First Voice, Our Voice...

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

As a Chicano, I love DC, but I do miss living in cities that are predominantly Latino, where art critics and aficionados alike are in closer proximity to the Latino experience and, by virtue, usually better informed, if only by osmosis.

Miami's Huge Leap

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 02.08.2014 | Miami
Eduardo Diaz

Miami should be proud, follow the lead of the museum's intrepid board of directors, and support this foundational civic endeavor. Equally importantly, the rest of the country should take notice and explore this new orbit of cultural influence, soon and often.

Latinos in Atypical Destinations

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Annually, as the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month dawns, I field around 10 requests to speak on a variety of Latino cultural topics, to groups representing government, business, public policy and education. As I was reviewing this year's requests, one in particular stood out.

From Strengthening to Centering the Margin: Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Asians and Latinos are the fastest growing populations and cultures in the United States. As the "Nation's Museum" with an .edu in our web address, the Smithsonian has a special opportunity and responsibility to lead the way in this margin-centering process.

What's New Under Tonatiuh?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian Institution, driven by rapidly developing technologies, shifting demographics and changing cultural participation patterns, is looking for innovative and even ingenious ways to do its work through the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards.