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From the Publisher"As this collection clearly demonstrates, the Japanese American National Museum rejected the notion of the museum as a fortress of elite culture... [T]he JANM hopes to act as an agent of social change, to both educate and act as a catalyst for community building. Common Ground offers an insider's look at how the [JANM] researches, funds, and creates its exhibits. Unlike other museum studies anthologies . . . this collection does not emphasize academic authors or theoretical framing of issues. . . . The resulting book is written in a highly accessible and, at times, almost journalistic style."
- Amerasia Journal
"...[P]rovides a refreshingly optimistic view of the metropolitan American city, promoting the enduring possibilities of multi-ethnic communities rather than dystopic scenes of urban strife."
- Jeffrey A. Ow, Arizona State University; The Journal of American Ethnic History
"Common Ground is important because it documents the multiple views of those people with firsthand experience in the museum world."
- Karen Mary Davalos, author of Exhibiting Mestizaje: Mexican (American) Museums in the Diaspora