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Visitors at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience explore the preserved Yick Fung Company store in Seattle’s Chinatown‐International District, the only place in the continental United States where Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and other immigrants settled together. © Olson Kundig Architects

In 2014, twenty leading history museums and cultural centers across the United States will launch local public dialogues on immigration in 17 cities and 13 states, from Georgia to Washington state. Employing innovative facilitated dialogue tools, participating sites will engage nearby communities in discussions about American immigration from past to present. Sites include former historic immigration stations; places that highlight immigrant stories; civil rights, human rights, and social justice institutions; sites near borderlands addressing issues of belonging and exclusion; and sites that raise questions about regional and national identity as a way to address increasing diversity in their communities. While some dialogues will connect to a featured exhibition, others will help to create exhibitions.

Join us! If you would like to participate in this national discussion, join a dialogue, expand your understanding of immigration, engage with others on critical topics and contemporary issues or figure out how to get involved beyond the dialogue programs, follow the National Dialogues on Immigration website to keep posted on current immigration developments and where to go to be active in your area. If you would like to attend a dialogue, watch our calendar for upcoming dialogue events and look out for programs in these cities: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dearborn, Durham, El Paso, Jackson, Los Angeles, Lowell, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Tucson, and Seattle.

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