Capturing Culture: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Community in American Culture and Society, is a multi-year photographic documentation project by photojournalist Adam Stoltman, produced in conjunction with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The project seeks to use imagery as a tool for healing and cultural understanding by capturing the human face of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and cultures.
The work began in 2006 with the then-largest grant made to an Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander organization by a national foundation, creating the Health Through Action initiative. Health Through Action (HTA) became a vehicle for community building, not only locally but nationally, bringing together 18 CBOs in 15 states to learn about each other’s communities, to build from each other’s programs, and to develop collectively the means and methods of raising the needs and voices of our communities to policy makers at the local, state, and national levels.
Along the way, Adam was quietly present, documenting the conditions of each of the communities and chronicling the pain, the joys, and the journeys of each of these communities. For some, the journey has been of thousands of miles over continents and many countries. For others, it has been a journey of the heart to reconnect to the land that they have always stood upon but were disconnected from, a journey that has been about reclamation of so many things, including
A website of these images has been set up, including an interactive forum, to encourage discussion and commentary. You may visit the website at: http://www.apiahfcapturingculture.com.