Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the culture, contributions, and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution declaring May 4-10, 1979, as the first Asian Pacific Heritage Week. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed an extension changing Asian Pacific Heritage Week to a month-long observance.
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. The majority of the workers who laid those tracks were Chinese American immigrants.
Monday, May 10, 4 pm
TAIKOPROJECT: A Music Center Special Event
Using authentic percussion instruments hand-crafted in Japan, these performers will weave traditional and modern forms of taiko together in a performance, sharing elements of their Japanese and Japanese-American culture. For a general audience.
Saturday, May 15, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Beginner’s Guide to Sushi
Love sushi and want to make it at home? Andy Matsuda from the Sushi Chef Institute demonstrates what you need to know to get started, covering everything from food prep, perfecting sushi rice, and making popular rolls. For adults.
Thursday, May 20, 4 – 5 pm
Dancing Storytellers – Indian Mythology and Me: A Music Center Special Event
Indian Mythology and Me is a dynamic dance and theater performance created by the Dancing Storytellers. This group of artists create uplifting duets that artfully weave rhythm, song, gesture and facial expressions into an interactive exploration of Indian mythology and its connections to our world today. For kids.
Tuesday, May 25, 6 – 7 pm
Melody of China: A Music Center Special Event
Established in 1993, Melody of China is a San Francisco-based group composed of professional musicians from some of the most prestigious music conservatories in China. They will perform a wide selection of pieces that show an audience how moving, expressive, and occasionally humorous Chinese music can be. For all ages.
Saturday, May 29, 11 am – 12:30 pm
San Francisco’s Chinatown: A Minecraft Tour
Join us on an adventure through San Francisco’s Chinatown as we explore its alleyways and history through Minecraft. Chinatown Alleyway Tours (CATs) is a non-profit youth-run, youth-led tour group that specializes in revealing stories and secrets hidden within Chinatown’s alleyways. For teens and adults, ages 13 and up.
LA County Library remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing equity, inclusivity, and justice for all members of our society. As a gateway to knowledge and access, we have a civic and ethical responsibility to support the advancement, well-being, and resilience of all people. To help propel our mission, we offer a variety of resources and programs to help individuals cultivate and enhance skills and broaden their understanding of other cultures and social issues. Visit our Stop AAPI Hate blog post to see a list of resources.
FOR KIDS & PARENTS
Cup Weaving (Ages 6 – 10)
Ddakji (Ages 7 – 12)
Egg Carton Congkak (Ages 7 – 12)
Glue Batik (Ages 4 – 12)
Koinobori Paper Craft (Ages 4 – 8)
Kōwhaiwhai Pattern Bookmarks (Ages 8 – 12)
Tropical Flower Leis (Ages 4 – 8)
FOR TWEENS & TEENS
Designing Mehndi (Ages 12 – 18)
Historic Filipinotown Mural (Ages 12 – 18)
Paint with Tyrus Wong (Ages 12 – 18)
Potato Seal Stamps (Ages 12 – 18)
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The Asian Pacific Resource Center at Rosemead Library was established to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles County and to make information about the history and culture of this group available to the general public. Follow the APRC on Facebook for AAPI news, program info, collection spotlights, and more.
National Asian Pacific American History Month website. 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 join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – PBS. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May and every day with a special PBS collection of stories that explores the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
U.S. Census Facts and Features, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021.
Asian Collections at the Library of Congress. With over 2.8 million books, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian language materials outside of Asia.
Asian American Pacific Islander Collection at the Library of Congress. Comprises a number of individual collections pertaining to notable AAPI authors, scholars, activists, and artists including unique material, such as correspondence, manuscript drafts, diaries, photographs, organizational records, interviews, and speeches.