The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center + Flickr present “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America”

Updated 5/14/14: The deadline for submissions has been extended through May 19th, 2014!

Updated 5/1/14: This latest press release has new details on how to participate in the exhibition. Now you can submit photos on Instagram with the hashtag #LifeAPA, as well as on Flickr. Download the latest press release (pdf).

Visit to register for the project, learn how to take and upload photos and video, and see sample work.

A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America seeks to capture the particulars of everyday life and piece them together to compose the ultimate wide shot. By looking at life from multiple angles, curated from the visual documentation of amateur photographers and videographers as well as professional documentarians and photojournalists, we can reveal the bigger picture. Through this online exhibit hosted by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) at, we celebrate our common joys, empathize with our sorrows, and appreciate all that we mean to each another.

We are asking thousands of people to take photographs and shoot video about Asian Pacific American life on May 10, 2014. We chose this date because it falls on the 145th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony that marked the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. This historical joining of the continent was marked with a photograph that excluded the Chinese workers who were critical to the building of the railroad and the industrial modernization of America.

Once erased from historical consciousness, Asian Pacific Americans are now visible in profound ways.

We are seeking professional and amateur photojournalists and filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds to contribute submissions to the online exhibit.

Let’s document Asian Pacific American life.

In addition, this April CHSA will be hosting two photo workshops with Smithsonian guest curator Eddie Wong. More details about these workshops are here:
April 5th with Leon Sun, Laura Ming Wong & Leland Wong
April 12th with Lenore Chinn, Bob Hsiang & James Sobredo

1. Request an invitation to the SMITHSONIAN APAC: A DAY IN THE LIFE Flickr group by sending an email to Please send the email via your registered Flickr email address, or include your Flickr username in the email. Please also include your full name, and location you plan to be* on May 10, 2014 (the day of content capture). You will receive your invitation to the group by May 1, 2014.

2. Take your photographs and/or videos on May 10, 2014. Content must be captured between 12am and 11:59pm on your current timezone. You may submit up to 5 photos OR up to 5 videos with a total runtime of 3 minutes. This exhibition is based on global Asian Pacific American experiences.

Although you do not have to identify as Asian Pacific American or be located in the United States, please keep your content consistent with the exhibition theme.

3. Upload the photographs or video to the Flickr group by 11:59pm EST on May 14, 2014 MAY 19TH, 2014. Please provide a short biographical statement and your contact information. The works you submit may be used by the Smithsonian for the exhibition, publicity purposes and an e-book. All photos or videos selected for the project will credit the contributing artist.

A group of curators will select and assemble the exhibit by May 26, 2014. The exhibit will be available online at, with all qualified submissions available for public view via the Flickr group.

Please tell your friends about “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” and join us today. Your work is an important part of sharing the diversity of APA life with the world.

For more information about the project, contact Eddie Wong, guest curator, at and Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at

*Planned location is for curatorial survey purposes. You will not be bound to that location should your plans change.

Visit the project’s website at

Download the call for submissions here (pdf) >