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of Immigrants
A Photography Series 
By Quetzal Maucci

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On view June 3-July 31, 2016 

Photographer Quetzal Mauuci was inspired by conversations she'd had with [teenage] children of immigrants, finding a common thread and recognizing her own feelings of displacement. 

These conversations became the impetus behind the photography series Children of Immigrants. The subjects in her photographs reflected on their childhoods and how they defined American culture. They spoke of self-identification and the constant negotiation of cultural identity. they came from Argentina, India Italy, Poland, Mexico, Peru, and other places, but their stories often share a common theme: Struggling with identity and a sense of displacement, while in the process, claiming their place as new Americans. 

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Immigrant Heritage Month

June is Immigrant Heritage Month. Throughout the month, we'll be celebrating both our diversity and our shared American heritage by telling the stories of individuals that, together, comprise a uniquely American narrative.



Community Voices, Present & Center:
A Personal Portrait of Four Asian American Families from San Diego

On view: June 3-July 31, 2016 
Community Voices Asian American Families

Community Voices, Present & Center:
A Personal Portrait of Four Asian American Families from San Diego

June 3-July 31, 2016

The Wide American Screen is a spotlight on recent short films that widen our idea of American independent cinema through stories by and about Asian Americans. From tales of family in Texas to pressures on the gridiron, these narrative and documentary shorts see Asian America in its thematic and emotional vastness. The series puts an emphasis on films that depict key historical moments and their legacies, and bring life to everything from post-1965 immigration to the Dream Act.

Immigrant Month

Now - more than ever - it is important to demonstrate how America's diversity - fueled in great part by immigrants - makes us stronger and more connected as a nation.

This Immigrant Heritage Month, the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign encourages all of us to explore our individual heritage & recognize our distinct and shared experiences.  We all have our piece in the American story, whether as a new immigrant, native to this land, a descendent of slavery or those who came to our nation seeking a better life.

#IAmAnImmigrant honors each of our families' sacrifices, struggles and successes - American's strength is reflected in our diversity built over generations.

Join artists, entertainers, elected officials, organizations and your friends in celebrating the diverse heritage of our nation's social fabric.  Stand with immigrants, and join us on the road and online at #IAmAnImmigrant to celebrate the monumental contributions that immigrants have made - and continue to make every day.

Immigrant Heritage Month Spotlight:

From Migrant Farmworker to Astronaut

Jose Hernandez is the child of Mexican immigrants.  He worked alongside his parents picking crops in the United States.  They went wherever there was work.  Finally in the second grade his parents made the decision to stay in the United States and make California home.  Jose Recounts his dream-turned reality, which is living proof that Mexican-Americans can achieve the highest of heights, including space!

To learn more about the #iAmAnImmigrant campaign visit


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New Americans Museum is an international destination; a place like no other, where all who have journeyed to this great country are celebrated for their resilience, their cultures, heritage, and the myriad of contributions they have made to our nation. New Americans Museum  aims to foster public awareness of the values and strengths that immigrants bring to our nation. 

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