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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Resource Guide

2024 Event Highlights

May 1: 2nd Asian Countries Festival [Drexel]

Join the 2nd Asian Countries Festival at the Rush Building Garden to celebrate Asian cultures at Drexel.

May 1: API PA APAHM Philadelphia Community Potluck

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Join API PA community members for a potluck. Bring a dish from your API community to share and the story behind your dish! 

May 1: Perspectives on History: AAPI Voices in the American Story [National Archives Foundation]

Join the National Archives Foundation for an evening conversation about the role historians and media have played in our nation's cultural storytelling and the impact Asian American Pacific Islander voices have and will continue to have on that narrative in the future. 

May 2: No Arena Social @ William Way

Bring your friends & neighbors for a night to build community and build our movement! Let's come together to protect our valuable spaces against displacement.


May 2: Next Steps: Maui Fires and Cultural Heritage

Malia Van Heukelem, Art Archivist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library, will discuss disaster response and recovery work in service to the community on behalf of University of Hawaiʻi and as a volunteer National Heritage Responder. 


May 4: Save Chinatown Tabling

It's not a done deal! Join us as we talk to our community members about the ongoing fight to protect Chinatown from the proposed arena. 

May 9: Manga for Libraries Book Buzz With Kodansha

Join the English-language branch of Japan's largest publisher for the latest news on what your manga readers of all age groups will be asking for in the coming season.

May 11: Sound Check! Festival Hosted by Music of Asian America Research Center

The Music of Asian America Research Center is hosting Sound Check! A Festival of Asian American Music, Sound, and Scholarship, featuring concerts, research presentations, and artist talks.

May 11: WXPN Welcomes Asian American Pie

This evening of Indie Rock and Pop falls right in the heart of AAPI Heritage Month. Each artist will add their own flavor to the mix, showing audiences what it can look like and what it can mean to be an AAPI artist in 2024.


May 13: AAPI Wellness Workshop with Dr. Jenny Wang and Sahaj Kaur Kohli!

Treat yourself to an AAPI wellness workshop to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month and AAPI Heritage Month!


May 14: CALA Webinar: A Conversation with Chee Wang Ng and Mae Ngai, Co-Editors of "Corky Lee's Asian America: Fifty Years of Photographic Justice"

Co-editors Chee Wang Ng and Mae Ngai will discuss the impact of Corky Lee's work and photos documenting Asian American social justice movement.

May 15: Justice for Christian Hall: Letter to the Editor Writing Session

For Mental Health Awareness Month, the Justice for Christian Hall campaign is leading a session for writing Letters to the Editor (LTEs) in support of passing legislation that creates dedicated funding to 988.


May 16: 9th Annual 2024 Mignon Lecture with Dr. Wendy Chun

"How Are You? Sentiment, Surveillance and Anti-Asian Racism." This talk outlines the importance of early and mid-20th century studies of women workers and Japanese and Japanese American internees in U.S. WWII internment camps to the rise of sentiment analysis.


May 18: API PA APAHM Philadelphia Decoden & Craft Party

Join API PA community members an afternoon of decoden and crafts. As it's also Mental Health Awareness Month, let's take time to rest and recharge with crafts and community and also learn about API PA's Justice for Christian Hall campaign.

May 21: API PA 2024 APAHM: Building Asian American Political Power in an Age of Extremism

Join community members to learn about the political history and work our communities have been doing over centuries and how you can be a part of that work to secure a better future for our communities.


May 21:DAPME PanAsianFest: Screening and Panel Discussion

Please join Drexel Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Employees for a community viewing and panel discussion of our Film of the Year: Past Lives.


May 30: API PA APAHM Philadelphia Karaoke Night

Join API PA community members for a night of karaoke. Bring a your vocal cords and go-to karaoke song and get ready to sing your heart out! 


May 31: Virtual Career Panel with the Drexel API Alumni Network

Hear from three Drexel alumni as they discuss their career journeys and the importance of API representation and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


November 7-17: Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

2024 Asian American Literature Festival

Image of Asian Americans at a seminar -- text reads "2024 Asian American Literature Festival"Join us September 14-22, 2024  for the 2024 Asian American Literature Festival (AALF), a historic multi-city gathering designed to support and nurture Asian American literature and the literary community. The AALF is a space of stewardship, kinship, and care, where we celebrate the role of Asian diasporic literature in creating community. 

Curated and produced by a collective of artists, librarians, educators, scholars, and publishers, this is the only festival of its kind. The AALF will convene writers and readers through immersive in-person and hybrid events, including interactive installations, readings, salons, and workshops.

Past Event Recordings

June 17, 2022: Ho'okele Na'auao 2022

Hoʻokele Naʻauao: A Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium 2022. This year focused on "ʻĀina: Sources & Systems".

April 28, 2023: A Fusion of Tradition and Modernity: Chinese Publishing in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

This talk discussed Chinese publishing's distinctive characteristics in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


May 11, 2023: Global Medicine in China and Taiwan: A Diasporic History

By examining two case studies on how the Chinese diaspora became central in shaping biomedicine in China and Taiwan from 1937 to 1970, Dr. Soon will make a case for a new historical concept of global medicine.


May 23, 2023: Bernardine's Shanghai Salon: The Story of Doyenne of Old China - An Author Talk 

Join the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) for a webinar featuring author Susan Blumberg-Kason. 


May 26, 2023: Self-Care, Challenges, Solidarity: Asian American Women Leaders

Join the San José State University School of Information for its symposium in recognition of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.