From Bento to Mixed Plate: Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Multicultural Hawai‘i

December 13, 2003 through Feb 15, 2004

At the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

After successful runs in Hawaii (Honolulu, Lihue, Hilo), Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Japan (Okinawa, Osaka, Hiroshima, Niigata), the National Museum’s most traveled exhibition is returning to Hawaii.

From Bento to Mixed Plate documents the historical and personal stories of Hawai‘i’s AJA (Americans of Japanese ancestry) communities through photographs, artifacts, text, and video presentations. It also serves as a window through which visitors can observe the transformation of Hawai‘i from an ethnically stratified society to its multicultural present.

Bento encourages everyone to appreciate and celebrate their own heritage while examining how we as a nation deal with issues of diversity.

December 2003

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