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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia (New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, and French Polynesia. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, since the majority of the workers were Chinese immigrants. These resources and information are from the Library of Congress.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Profile From U.S. Census Bureau
U. S. Census Bureau figures showed that the Asian American (either alone or in combination) increased 46% between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, which was more than any other major racial group.
Asian American Health
This information portal from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, provides coverage on issues affecting health and well-being of Asian Americans in the United States. Covers major Asian populations, medical journals, communicating with Asian children about health issues, statistics, complementary and alternative medicine, and other health topics. Includes many related links.
2020 AAPI Heritage Month Theme “Commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month"
Throughout this month, we will commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, paying tribute to the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who shaped our nation's history—and who were shaped by it.
"An authoritative, one-stop information resource and sociological exploration of the historical, demographic, political, and cultural issues that make up today's diverse Asian American community. You can think of Asian-Nation as an online version of "Asian Americans 101."
CET-Resources: Asian American History
The resources here were selected as some of the best starting points to help you further explore Asian American history and culture online, in books, and through other media programs. This is the organization that sponsored the PBS series Ancestors in the Americas.
Famous Asian Ameircan Inventors
Highlights a few of the contributions of Asian American inventors.
Famous Firsts by Asian Americans
Includes information on Famous Firsts by Asian-Americans, from politicians to professional atheletes.
Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
This website features digitized photographs of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, as well as images of places such as prewar neighborhoods and internment camps. In addition, letters, diaries and art reflect the experiences of those living in the camps.
Look for Asian music CDs in our music collection, they are marked with a "Q", and then the country, i.e. China or India.
Asian Pacific Countries
The Asia-Pacific region generally includes:
- People's Republic of China
- Hong Kong
- North Korea
- South Korea
- Marshall Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
- Republic of China (Taiwan)
- United States Territories -
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Sometimes included -
- India (member of the East Asia Summit)
- Mongolia (landlocked country in East Asia)
- Myanmar (Burma) (member of the ASEAN)
- Russia (the Russian Far East borders the Pacific Ocean)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Bridging generations
Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
"Beautiful Country is the real deal. Heartrending, unvarnished, and powerfully courageous, this account of growing up undocumented in America will never leave you."--Gish Jen, author of The Resisters. "Ba Ba told me this and I in turn carried it in my heart: so long as we didn't stake claim to what wasn't ours--the things, our rooms, America, this beautiful country--we would be okay." An incandescent and heartrending memoir about Qian Julie Wang's five years living undocumented after immigrating with her parents from China to New York City in 1994. In Chinese the word for the United States, Mei Guo, translates directly to "beautiful country," but when seven-year-old Qian is plucked from her warm and happy childhood surrounded by extended family in China, she finds a world of crushing fear and poverty instead.
A Burning by Megha Majumdar
Publication Date: 2020-06-02
"After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people become inextricably entangled. Jivan, a bright, striving woman from the slums looking for a way out of poverty, is wrongly accused of planning the attack because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir, a slippery gym teacher from Jivan's former high school, has hitched his aspirations to a rising right wing party, and his own ascent becomes increasingly linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely, a spirited, impoverished, relentlessly optimistic hjira, who harbors dreams of becoming a Bollywood star, can provide the alibi that would set Jivan free--but her appearance in court will have unexpected consequences that will change the course of all of their lives. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths--A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget"-- Provided by publisher.
China Room by Sunjeev Sahota
Publication Date: 2021-07-13
A transfixing novel about two unforgettable characters seeking to free themselves-one from the expectations of women in early 20th century Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. Married to three brothers in a single ceremony, she and her now-sisters spend their days hard at work in the family's "china room," sequestered from contact with the men-except when their domineering mother-in-law, Mai, summons them to a darkened chamber at night. Curious and strong willed, Mehar tries to piece together what Mai doesn't want her to know. From beneath her veil, she studies the sounds of the men's voices, the calluses on their fingers as she serves them tea. Soon she glimpses something that seems to confirm which of the brothers is her husband, and a series of events is set in motion that will put more than one life at risk. As the early stirrings of the Indian independence movement rise around her, Mehar must weigh her own desires against the reality-and danger-of her situation.
Eat a Peach by David Chang; Gabe Ulla
Publication Date: 2020-09-08
"The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious gets uncomfortably real in his debut memoir"-- Provided by publisher.
Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot; Sherman Alexie (Introduction by); Joan Naviyuk Kane (Afterword by)
Publication Date: 2018-02-06
"Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father-an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist-who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world."-- Provided by publisher.
Naturally Tan by Tan France
Publication Date: 2019-06-04
Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"! "Just when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny." -Antoni Porowski In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix's Emmy Award-winning smash-hit Queer Eye reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious home became a fashion icon-and the first openly gay, South Asian man on television-simply by being Naturally Tan. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life-a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.
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