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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Resource Guide

National Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Highlights (2023)

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Tune in on Monday, April 24, at 10pm to PBS' Independent Lens for the TV premiere, stream for free via PBS YouTube through May 23, or stream for free on the PBS App through July 22.


April 28: A Fusion of Tradition and Modernity: Chinese Publishing in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries [YouTube recording]

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

April 30: How They Got Here: APIA Politicians Past and Present

The tenth anniversary of the APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American) Biography Project launches APIA Heritage Month at the San Francisco Public Library with a kickoff event honoring past and present APIA politicians. 


May 1: Asian and AAPI Voices in the Arts: Creating and Defining Identity

Commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with a captivating event in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit Excluded/Inclusion: The Work of Chen Lok Lee.


May 1-7: 2023 National Week of Action for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)

This week long series of events features a strong Native Hawaiian component hosted by Pouhana o Nā Wāhi. 


May 4: Whitewashing Anime Adaptations: Ghost in the Shell and Dragonball Evolution

David Oh makes a theoretical argument for “whitewashing” as an erasure of difference that centers and makes visible White subjectivity. 


May 5: Masterclass with Broadway Costume Designer Harriet Jung [Drexel]

Please join Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design for an afternoon with costume designer Harriet Jung (Dancin' on Broadway, New York City Ballet).


May 5: Beyond Yellowface: A Roundtable Discussion with Asian American Creatives [Drexel]

Join us for a short film screening and panel discussion hosted by Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. 


May 7: The Big Read: Charles Yu in Conversation With Gene Luen Yang

Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown (the 2023 One Book One Philadelphia!) in conversation with illustrator and writer Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese.


May 8: Images and Imaginings of Internment: Comics and Illustrations of Camp

This workshop will include an overview of a multimodal website intended to teach about the Japanese American incarceration, its history, its inhabitants, and the social and political climate surrounding Executive Order 9066.


May 9: Thinking Beyond Stereotypes in Asian American Media

This panel brings together the authors of four new books in Asian American media and cultural studies to examine historical, ethnographic, feminist, transpacific, and queer of color approaches.


May 10: Wikipedia edit-a-thon with APALA and CALA

Join us for this joint-sponsored event with APALA (Asian Pacific American Librarians Association) and CALA (Chinese American Librarians Association) to add, create and edit Wikipedia entries on Asian and Pacific American and Canadian librarians and library workers! Watch the May 10 event recording via YouTube!


May 11: 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 11-21: CAAMFest 2023

Held in the San Francisco Bay Area, CAAMFest is the nation's largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films. 


May 13: FAB (Festival of AAPI Books) Long Beach

Annual festival featuring children's books, young adult, and adult authors, vendors, performers, and more, from across the Asian diaspora.


May 14: Drexel's 2023 Festival of Nations

Festival of Nations is a celebration of international culture and tradition featuring a showcase of music, games and activities, art, and tastes of international cuisines from Drexel’s international graduate students and organizations.


May 15: Stories Beyond Borders: Middle Grade Storytellers

Influential and award-winning children’s authors discuss their approach to writing, honing their craft , and the importance of telling stories that celebrate the Chinese American and diasporic experience. 


May 17: CALA Speaker Series: Ming Qing Women’s Writing

Dr. Grace S. Fong, Professor of Chinese Literature and R.C. & E.Y. Lee Chair in Chinese Cultural Studies at McGill University, will introduce the Ming Qing Women’s Writings digital archive and database project.


May 18: South Asian America in the Classroom

South Asian America in the Classroom addresses the need for resources to support the teaching of South Asian American histories in college classrooms. 


May 20: Genealogy Garage: My China Roots

Join the L.A. Public Library to hear about the library's newest database: My China Roots.


May 22: AAPI Communities in Conversation

This 2023 U.S. Book Show livestreamed session will feature authors, creators and librarians and center Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander voices, books, cultures and experiences.


May 23: Bernardine's Shanghai Salon: The Story of Doyenne of Old China - An Author Talk [YouTube recording]

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


May 25: Back to the Roots

Join the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Office of Public Engagement, and the Office of Immigrant Affairs in celebrating National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! 


May 26: 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.


May 30: Pan-AsianFest: Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Heritage Month [Drexel]

In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage month, DAPME (Drexel Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Employees) and Westphal IDEA invite the community to Pan-AsianFest for food and fellowship.


May 31: Drexel's 1st Asian Countries Festival!

Enjoy food from different Asian countries and free Boba tea while learning from cultural presentations and games!


Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Events from APALA/CALA

Upcoming virtual events for Asian/Pacific American/Canadian Heritage Month shared for and from members of APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) and CALA (Chinese American Librarians Association).

Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Event highlights compiled by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  


National Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Events via Eventbrite

Nationwide events celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. 

APALA Virtual Events Flyer (2022)

Free Virtual Library & Cultural Center Events to Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
















Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association 

(2022): Linked is a lineup of free live virtual events organized by Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association members from across the country (and Canada). Enjoy these author talks, cooking demos, information panels and more. [Via APALA member Michelle Lee.]

Local Asian/Pacific American Event Highlights (2022)

May 2022: Drexel Asian Students Association Events

The ASA is an organization that aims to spread awareness of Asian heritage for the benefit of the Drexel community. 


May 4: Knife Skills: Korean Bibimbap

Award-winning chef and culinary instructor Clara Park will lead us in making delicious Korean bibimbap. Hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia.


May 7: Philadelphia Arab Community Day 

Join Al-Bustan and Philadelphia Arabs for our annual Arab Community Day at Penn Treaty Park.


May 14: Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia's Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration: Asian Fest

Admission is free, and there will be live cultural entertainment, Asian arts and crafts, and Asian food vendors.


May 18: Talking Diversity -- Renew and Rebuild: Our Communities and Beyond 

This presentation will honor the history, culture, and contributions of Asian Pacific Americans as well as recognize the issues affecting the AANHPI community and how we can all show up as agents of change for ourselves as well as others. 


May 18: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story

Live panel discussion with producers and people featured in the WHYY Specials, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story.


May 26: RISE: A Love Letter to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community 

The City of Philadelphia invites you to join the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in an evening of dance, music, and an incredibly special opportunity to hear from two national icons, Jeff Yang and Phil Yu. 

National Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Highlights (2022)

May 7: Russell Jeung, Anti-Asian Hate in the Time of COVID

Author and Professor Russell Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, discusses the shifting media landscape amidst anti-Asian hate incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


May 10: Symposium on Library Services for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Community

An Authentic Lens: Understanding and Supporting the Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Community. Hosted by San Jose State University. [Link expired.]


May 17: HERstory II: The Legal History of Chinese American Women

Join us for an event with the curator of the exhibit, Dr. Chang C. Chen, Ph.D., J.D. [Link expired.]


May 19: Chinese American History, Asian American Experiences

Join us as we celebrate under-told Chinese American stories and understand their place in our rich tapestry.


May 23: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

The UC Berkeley Library invites you to a virtual celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. [Link expired.]


May 24: Highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Library Collections

Discover special items from the New York Public Library's research collections centered on themes of immigration and assimilation, community, food, and AAPI activism. [Link expired.]


May 25: Reframe and Refresh: Unpacking AAPI Identity

Join New Day Films for a discussion unpacking the different aspects of AAPI identity.


May 26: AAPI Culinary Panel

Join Jackson District Library to discuss the preservation and celebration of panelists' culinary heritages. 


May 31: Path to Leadership: Mixed Race Voices in the Asian Pacific Islander Community

Join a panel of mixed-race Asian Pacific Islanders who will talk about how they navigate their identity and create community. [Link expired.]


June 17: Ho'okele Na'auao 2022

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


Residual Trauma: The Island of Dokdo

This online program was available for on-demand viewing via the Hennepin County Library from May 1 until May 30, 2022. 


Los Angeles Public Library Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022

Los Angeles Public Library events celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in May 2022.