A bucket list of memorials and public landmarks in the U.S., U.K., and Asia about 8 honoring Asian women
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Asian women memorials to visit this summer

December 4, 2022

Warm weather and the summer months are here! As more families get their vaccines, there's an itch to discover new places. Here are six, low cost, outdoor options that the whole family can enjoy across the United States. International sites are also included in this list, but please check local COVID-19 protocols to see if it's safe to travel. Explore our list below.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Patsy T. Mink - Hawaii State Public Library

Address to enter into GPS: 478 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Patsy Takemoto Mink statue outside Hawaii State Public Library

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San Francisco, California

Ruth Asawa - Ghirardelli Square

Address to enter into GPS: 900 North Point St. & Larkin St.

Andrea's Fountain in Ghirardelli Square. One of many commissioned bronze sculptures by arts educator and activist, Ruth Asawa

Then-owner William Roth selected Ruth Asawa, well known for her abstract, wowen-wire sculptures, to design and create the centerpiece fountain for Ghirardelli Square. Although it was unveiled amid some controversy in 1968, Asawa’s objective was to make a sculpture that could be enjoyed by everyone. She spent one year thinking about the design and another year sculpting it from a live model and casting it in bronze.

Although landscape architect Lawrence Halprin attacked Asawa’s design of a nursing mermaid seated on sea turtles for not being a “serious” work, Asawa’s intentions were clear: “For the old it would bring back the fantasy of their childhood, and for the young it would give them something to remember when they grow old!

I wanted to make something related to the sea...I thought of all the children, and maybe even some adults, who would stand by the seashore waiting for a turtle or a mermaid to appear. As you look at the sculpture you include the Bay view which was saved for all of us, and you wonder what lies below that surface.”

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San Francisco, California

Victoria Manalo Draves Park

Address to enter into GPS: Folsom St And Sherman St San Francisco, CA 94103

Plaque hung at the park

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London, UK

Noor Inayat Khan Statue - Gordon Square

Address to enter into GPS: Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, United Kingdom

In 2012 HRH Princess Anne unveiled the memorial for Noor in Gordon Square, London, near the house where she lived and from where she left on her fatal mission. The memorial, by British sculptor Karen Newman, is the first for an Asian woman in Britain. It ensures that Noor’s sacrifice is not forgotten by future generations. Learn more about Noor

Poughkeepsie, New York

Dr. Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi - Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery

Address to enter in GPS: 342 South Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

The Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery overlooking the Hudson River in the heart of New York is a beautiful place to visit.

The Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery overlooking the Hudson River in the heart of New York is a beautiful place to visit.

Arlington, Virginia

Kalpana Chawla - Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial

Address to enter into GPS: Arlington National Cemetery

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue)

Chief Minister of Haryana, India Manohar Lal Khattar takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial near the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery, Aug. 18, 2015, in Arlington, Va. Kalpana Chawla, one of seven crew members killed during the Columbia disaster, was born in Karnal, India, and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Space Flight Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

International sites:

Pairaband, Bangladesh

Begum Rokeya Memorial

Address to enter into GPS: M78X+PW Pairaband, Bengladesh

Visitor looking at a mural of Begum Rokeya

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Shaanxi, China

Wu Zetian - Qianling Mausoleum

Address to enter into GPS: H65Q+J9 Qian County, Xianyang, Shaanxi, China

Wu Zetian tomb in Shaanxi

Qianling Mausoleum is the tomb of Emperor Gaozong and his Empress WuZetian of Tang Dynasty. This 7.5 m (25 ft) tall 'Uncharacterized Stele' built to commemorate Wu Zetian is located to the east of Phoenix Gate.