LA History Museum rolls out slate of programs supporting exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a series of speakers and programs to encourage community dialogue and discussion of themes presented in its latest exhibition, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific Story,” which runs through Jan. 7.

The programs:

• Diana Ding will serve as moderator of the panel “Technology Entrepreneurs and Mentors” with Sandy Chau, Hsing Kung and Hiro Masumoto 7 p.m. Nov. 16; the panel will be livestreamed from Ding Ding Studios.

• Connie Young Yu will moderate the panel “Immigration and Civil Rights” with “Little Exile” author Jeanette Arakawa; Hawaiian cultural and civil rights leaders Rowena Chow and King Lit Ching; and Richard Konda, executive director of the Asian Law Alliance, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

• In the presentation “Hope and Opportunity,” Lawrence Chu will reminisce about the struggles and triumphs leading to recognition of Chef Chu’s as the third-best Chinese restaurant in the nation. He will prepare a celebratory benefit banquet showcasing the flavors of Asian Pacific. Proceeds from the $85 event will launch the History Museum’s new Community Enrichment Program.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center created “I Want the Wide American Earth,” and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service organized it for travel. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, with additional local sponsorship by Los Altos Community Foundation.

The exhibition is given a local focus through inclusion of artifacts and photos from the collection of the Los Altos History Museum and loans from local museums and residents. The display focuses on the connection between the Asian Pacific community and the land, and also touches on difficult issues.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

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