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Fly to Freedom: The Art of the Golden Venture Refugees

June 8, 2001 – September 30, 2001

Museum: Arts and Industries Building

Location: North Hall

On June 6, 1993, the ship Golden Venture, carrying approximately 300 Chinese passengers, ran aground off the coast of New York City. Of the passengers, 52 were imprisoned for the next 4 years in York County, Pennsylvania. The exhibition tells the story of the refugees and features 25 of the 10,000 of folded-paper and paper-mache artworks the prisoners made during their incarceration. Five of the artists represented received approval for U.S. residency on the basis of "extraordinary artistic ability."

Produced by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City. It is coordinated by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Studies Program.