Our History, Our Voices, Our Future

Members of the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA) created the content for this exhibit as a part of DAPAAA's 25th anniversary celebration and the on-campus reunion on May 3-5, 2024.

The story of the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community is about negotiating identity: how we identify ourselves, how others identify or misidentify us, and how we create space for ourselves within those frameworks. Against the backdrop of shifting U.S. immigration policies, colonialism, and imperialism, the acronym "AANHPI" is vague, incomplete, and static – indicative of the challenges that come with defining “race” through geography. As volunteer alumni, we humbly acknowledge that this exhibit leaves out many stories and perspectives due to the biases and limitations of documented data and accessible information within Dartmouth's historical archives.

In this exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA), we unearth and celebrate the stories, achievements, and contributions of students, alumni, and faculty at Dartmouth and beyond:

The content is drawn from a physical banner exhibit on display in the Berry Main Street on May 2024 and from a physical case exhibit on display in Reiss Hall in June 2024, both in the Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College.

Thank you: Dartmouth Libraries Head of Teaching & Learning Laura Barrett; Exhibit Designer Dennis Grady; College Archivist Peter Carini; Digital Library Fellow Daniel Lin ’23; Still Image Digitization Specialist Ryland Ianelli; Reference and Administrative Specialist Scout Noffke; and all other Libraries staff; contributors: Julie Hubble ’87, Kim Sheu ’07, Jenn Paik ’12, John Sun ’97; authors: Belinda Chiu ’98, Stephanie Westnedge ’92, Lorraine Liu ’22, Mark Tao ’23.