Smithsonian APA Program Names Dr. Konrad Ng as Visiting Scholar
By: Amanda Andrei
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APA Program) has announced that Dr. Konrad Ng, a University of Hawai’i Assistant Professor of Creative Media, has joined the Program as a Visiting Scholar for 2009-2010. Dr. Ng will be researching the political dimensions and civic engagement of Asian Americans in film, video, and new media.
Dr. Franklin Odo, Director of the APA Program, said, “Dr. Ng’s residency continues the APA Program’s commitment to bringing the experience and knowledge of established and emerging APA scholars and artists to the Smithsonian.
“His work helps us recognize the impact of novel forms of media on the contemporary Asian Pacific American experience. We are grateful for the generosity of the ZeroDivide Foundation in making his residency possible,” he added.
“ZeroDivide is excited to be a part of this effort to document and learn more about how new media tools are changing civic participation in the APA community,” said Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO of ZeroDivide.
She added: “Professor Ng’s academic and on-the-ground experience in utilizing media and technology tools provides him a unique perspective in doing this work. Support from the Smithsonian APA Program demonstrates a clear recognition of the important role technology plays in increasing the diversity of voices in our systems and institutions.” ZeroDivide invests in community enterprises that leverage technology to benefit people in low-income and other underserved communities.
Dr. Ng received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawai’i. His dissertation explored representations of Chinese cultural identity in narrative and experimental film and video. He has published and presented scholarly and popular articles on film and new media and facilitated film workshops. Dr. Ng earned a M.A. from the University of Victoria’s Cultural, Social, and Political Thought Program and a B.A. in philosophy and ethnic studies from McGill University.