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Who's Got Game?

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Who's Got Game? is an exhibition opening December 9, 2016 until September 17, 2017 that will honor the accomplishments of Asian Pacific Americans in sports, and explore the role of sports in APA identities and communities.

From schoolyard games to national championships, from pre-war baseball leagues to this year’s X Games, the exhibition will follow the personal journeys of APA athletes representing a wide range of sports, ethnic and cultural identities, genders, and generations. These personal stories will come alive through photographs, oral histories, and memorabilia -- as well as opportunities for visitors to participate and play.

The exhibition will feature interactives, such a baseball pitching frame, modeled after the Seattle Times’ “Old Woody” pitching contest; a hopscotch and balance board; a Game Face photo booth; and a station to write fan letters.

Visitors will be also able to:

  • Physically play games like hopscotch to show the universal important of play and how it connects people across boundaries
  • Explore the wide range of sports played by Asian Pacific American communities, whether as hobbies, careers or even as a way out of poverty
  • Examine the internal and external obstacles faced by Asian Pacific American athletes
  • Learn more about iconic athletes who had to pave the way and are role models today
  • Take away lessons learned from sports, including team work, perseverance, risk-taking and other values
  • Add their own life lessons and nominate someone to the exhibition’s Hall of Fame

A preview reception for Members and special guests will be held on Thursday, December 8, 6-8pm.

Hall of Fame Nominations

The exhibition features a "Hall of Fame" section to honor those inspiring Asian or Pacific Islander Americans who have broken barriers in sports, achieved at the highest levels, and influenced their sport or community.  The athletes who have been selected are:

  • Eddie Aikau (Native Hawaiian, surfing)
  • Michael Chang (Chinese American, tennis)
  • Julie Chu (Chinese American, ice hockey)
  • Chloe Kim (Korean American, snowboarding)
  • Sammy Lee (Korean American, diving)
  • Jeremy Lin (Chinese American, basketball)
  • Greg Louganis (Samoan American/mixed, diving)
  • Patsy Mink (Japanese American, Congresswoman who created Title IX, mandating gender equality in access to education, including athletics)
  • Naomi Mulitauaopele (Samoan American, basketball)
  • Apolo Ohno (Japanese American/mixed, speed skating)
  • Peggy Oki (Japanese American, skateboarding)
  • Stella Orechia (Burma/mixed, track and field)
  • Henry Phan (Vietnamese American, ultimate frisbee)
  • Sammy Santos (Filipino American, boxing)
  • Junior Seau (Samoan American, football)
  • Ichiro Suzuki (Japanese, baseball)
  • Tiger Woods (Thai American/mixed, golf)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi (Japanese American, figure skating)

 

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Who's Got Game? Asian Americans in Sports is made possible by the support of community partners and the generosity of our donors and sponsors.


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