Los Angeles's Japanese American National Museum, established
in 1992, remains the only museum in the United States expressly
dedicated to sharing the story of Americans of Japanese ancestry.
The National Museum is a unique institution that operates in
collaboration with other institutions, museums, researchers,
audiences, and funders. In this collection of seventeen essays,
anthropologists, art historians, museum curators, writers,
designers, and historians provide case studies exploring
collaboration with community-oriented partners in order to
document, interpret, and present their histories and experiences
and provide a new understanding of what museums can and should be
in the United States.
Current scholarship in museum studies is generally limited to
interpretations by scholars and curators. Common Ground
brings descriptive data to the intellectual canon and illustrates
how museum institutions must be transformed and recreated to suit
the needs of the twenty-first century.
Subjects: Sociology, Business
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