From Bento to Mixed Plate: Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Multicultural Hawai'i

May 23, 1999 – November 30, 1999

Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20560

East Hall

Photographs, artifacts, text, and videos tell the story of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i from immigration to the present and discuss the cultural traditions of the many different ethnic groups who share this island home. Japanese immigrants to Hawai'i shared their lunches (bento) with their co-workers of other ethnic backgrounds. The transformation of Island society from its segregated past to its multicultural present is explored through this tradition of food sharing. The Olomana locomotive, from American History Museum's Railroad Hall, is included in this exhibition.