Current issues involving immigration, acculturation and cultural diversity are interwoven with the real life stories of young men and women who are building their lives as recent immigrants to the United States at new exhibit featured March 22 - June 1, 2008 at Tacoma's Washington State History Museum.
Becoming American - Teenagers & Immigration was developed by the Traveling Exhibition Service of the Smithsonian Institution and attempts to capture just what it is like to be a young immigrant in America through black and white photos by Barbara Beirne and thought-provoking words by the teenagers themselves.
Viewpoints from the minds and mouths of fifty-nine immigrant youth in their own communities offer a diverse portrait of what it is like to be a young person in their shoes and the myriad of different ways how they look at, participate in, and evaluate what is going on at the mainstream culture.
An opening reception scheduled for Saturday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. also includes a screening of the film In Our Worlds, featuring interviews with South Sound residents who immigrated to this country at similar ages from the Asia Pacific Islander community.
The film was developed locally by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Bates Technical College.