Dr. Konrad Ng, The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, Getting His Acting Director On, And A Quick Note To The Smithsonian On Their Ads

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Since I'm not feeling that wordy right now - other than this - I'll just give you the info from the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program welcomes Dr. Konrad Ng as Acting Director. Dr. Ng, the Program’s scholar-in-residence in Fall 2009, he is well acquainted with – and already much appreciated throughout – the Smithsonian Institution. He is a professor of creative media at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a scholar of Asian American cinema and digital media with a decade-long history of working in Asian and Asian American cultural institutions, programs, and organizations.

Message from Acting Director:

Dear Friends,

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Acting Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American (APA) Program. As we know, the APA Program is vital to the mission of the Smithsonian and plays an important role in telling the American story. I am absolutely committed to strengthening the program and celebrating the APA experience during my tenure.

I thank Dr. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, for overseeing the APA Program over the past several months. Though Dr. Kurin supervises some 19 museums and programs as well as a number of the Smithsonian’s major initiatives, he still found time to be a champion of the APA Program within the Smithsonian’s senior leadership.

Since my appointment, I have learned that the caliber of the APA Program is incumbent upon the commitment and generosity of people who believe in the Program’s importance and can envision its possibilities. As you will discover in our monthly newsletter, we have a number of terrific events and projects scheduled for the summer. I invite you to attend these events — there is no doubt that you will have fun — but there is an additional invitation that I must extend: Please join me in supporting our valuable APA Program; its future is up to us.


Konrad Ng
To The Smithsonian On Your Generated Ads

I know you need cash - we all do - but - you're also the Smithsonian and as much as you want to monetize your web site - I think it would behoove you to take the generated ads off your pages that highlight APA programs becaue they also show things like the following (pulled directly from your site):

Asian Women Dating Site
1000s photos, 100s Videos, Chat, Email, Call, Tours & more...

Call me crazy, but I don't think you need money that bad.