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NHM Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month

crowd at NHM

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and recognizing the vibrant community of Angelenos that work at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, we bring you stories from our collection that speak to the natural and cultural heritage of L.A.  

Los Angeles is home to many vibrant and diverse Asian Pacific communities, and these are just a few of the stories, people, places, organizations, and events that have shaped Los Angeles and beyond. 

STORIES and HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION 

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS 

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and recognizing the vibrant community of Angelenos that work at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, we are highlighting individual stories of Museum staff.

MEET SOK TNG, SENIOR PROSPECT RESEARCHER

Sok shares how her passion for wildlife biology led her to NHM and how public engagement opportunities that include food helps her connect with her community.

MEET MAYA MORALES, GALLERY INTERPRETER

Maya she shares how her family's love of nature helped shape her journey to NHM and the essential role interpretation has in bringing to life the research of NHM scientists.

MEET ROCHELLE HOFFMAN, MOBILE MUSEUMS EDUCATION SPECIALIST 
Rochelle Hoffman and two summer camp attendees laughing over a tar pit

As part of NHM's Mobile Museums team, I teach K-12th grade students about nature and science, and we have residencies at schools all over Los Angeles County with our converted tractor-trailers. I love getting to visit and engage with so many diverse communities! So much traveling means I'm also able to explore foods from many different cultures.

My mother immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan when she was in her 20s. Some of my earliest and most treasured memories are connected with food and her cooking, and learning how to prepare and share traditional dishes is one of the ways I connect with my Taiwanese heritage (sorry Mom, my beef noodle soup is better than yours now!).