Asian Pacific American Edit-a-Thon



Open Lab: Thursday, May 8th, Geisel Library, Room 276, noon – 1pm

APA Edit-a-thon: Saturday, May 10th, Geisel Library, Room 276, 10am – noon; or participate virtually!

Refreshments will be served! Open to the public!
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Get ready for the Wikipedia Asian Pacific American (APA) edit-a-thon! The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is organizing an editing event for enriching the presence of cultural, historic, and artistic information on Wikipedia about APA experiences. Wikipedia is one of the most widely-used resources in the world for general information. Whether you’re a seasoned Wikipedian, an APA studies scholar, or completely new to all of this, your help is needed!

The first Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to APA content, this project will occur as physical events on May 10, 2014 in New York City and Washington DC, as well as by proxy ­ with participants taking part from all throughout the world. The UC San Diego Library is hosting a local space in the Geisel Library building, Room 276, from 10am to noon.

The UC San Diego Library is also hosting an Wikipedia open lab session on Thursday, May 8, noon – 1pm, Geisel Library Classroom 2 (276). We can help you set up your accounts and review the editing process, so you’ll be ready to participate, in-person or virtually, for the main event on Saturday, May 10th.

Articles to work on:

Wikipedia Resources:

We strongly recommend signing up for a Wikipedia account before the edit-a-thon!

Wikipedia Cheat Sheet

Wikipedia Tea House ( a friendly place for new editors to ask questions)


Asian American Resources:

UCSD Library Online Resources (restricted to UCSD Network):

Asian American Drama— Asian American Drama contains 186 plays by 35 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.

Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers
This collection, consisting of 25 individual titles, documents life in World War II internment camps.

Online Resources:

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)
an independent national non-profit organization working to create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.

(Free Open Resources for East Asian Studies)– relevant scholarly resources published on the Internet by individual scholars, academic institutions, cultural institutions (libraries, museums, archives), government agencies, and occasionally commercial entities. Currently FOREASt provides access to over 300 free databases and journals on East Asia “published” in North America, Europe, Australia and, of course, East Asia.

Asian Voices
Documents relating the Asian American experience from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.

Camp Harmony Exhibit
Large numbers of the Japanese American community were sent to American internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This exhibit tells the story of Seattle’s Japanese American community and one of those camps.

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive: Chinese Americans
Primary documents that tell the story of ethnic groups along the Columbia River Basin (encompassing areas of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and and British Columbia).

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive: Japanese Americans
Primary documents that tell the story of ethnic groups along the Columbia River Basin (encompassing areas of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and and British Columbia).

DENSHO: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Site documents and archives oral histories and photos from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. Nonprofit organization has a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity.

Japanese American National Museum
The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving, interpreting and sharing the experiences of Japanese Americans.

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive
Documents the experience of Japanese Americans in WWII internment camps. Primary source materials include photographs, documents, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, letters, and oral histories.

Korean American Digital Archive
The KADA brings together documents, photographs and sound files that document the Korean American community during the period of resistance to Japanese rule in Korea and reveal the organizational and private experience of Koreans in America between 1903 and 1965.

Southeast Asian Archive
The Archive collects materials relating to the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants in the U.S., and the culture and history of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. There is a special focus on Southeast Asians in Orange County and California.

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925
This site “illustrates nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials…These documents describe the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions. They also document the specific contributions of Chinese immigrants to commerce and business, architecture and art, agriculture and other industries, and cultural and social life in California.”

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