Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed nationally to recognize the contributions that people of Asian and Pacific heritage made to American culture. 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. It is celebrated in May to acknowledge the first Japanese immigrants to the United States who arrived May 7, 1843.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Virtual Film Festival

Each Friday in May, we’re showcasing a film from one of our streaming services—either Kanopy or Hoopla—that has Asian and Pacific Islanders as its focus. You can access the films with your LA County Library card number and PIN. Be sure to also check out the Viewer’s Guide for discussion questions, additional resources, and snack ideas! Because who doesn’t want something delicious to nibble on while watching a great film?! Happy watching!

Week 1: The Farewell (PG)
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In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi’s (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch–the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.

Week 2: The Host (Rated R for Violence and Language)
Not recommended for kids under 17. Parental guidance strongly suggested.
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A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and begins attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Week 3: Pather Panchali (NR)
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In rural Bengal, India a family – consisting of an elderly aunt; a worried, mindful mother; a dreamy, often absent father; a clever older sister; and a lively younger brother – scratch out a quiet life in the shadow of richer, more established neighbors

Week 4: Boy (NR)
Not rated; parental guidance suggested. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
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When his father returns from many years away, 11-year-old Boy must reconcile reality with the fantasy dad he created in his imagination.

Week 5: Shoplifters (Rated R for adult situations, some sexual content, and nudity.)
Recommended for mature audiences, ages 17+.
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A poverty-stricken Japanese family makes ends meet through petty crime. After they take in an abandoned little girl, their lives are upended, and their family secrets revealed.


Asian Pacific Resource Center Activity Ideas


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)


Designing Mehndi (Ages 12 – 18)

Historic Filipinotown Mural (Ages 12 – 18)

Paint with Tyrus Wong (Ages 12 – 18)

Potato Seal Stamps (Ages 12 – 18)

Additional Information

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Asian Pacific Newspapers

Chinese Daily News – Chinese language newspaper, also known as the World Journal
International Daily News – Chinese language newspaper, launched in Monterey Park in 1981
Singtao Daily – Chinese language newspaper founded in Hong Kong in 1938
The Korea Daily – Korean Language newspaper
The Korea Times – Korean Language newspaper
Rafu Shimpo – Japanese-English newspaper based in Little Tokyo
Nguoi Viet Daily News – The first Vietnamese language newspaper published in the United States, began in 1978
Vien Dông Daily News – Vietnamese language newspaper published in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Westminster, CA
Asia Journal – Has provided the Filipino-American community with local, national, and international news for over 28 years.
India West – Has been a comprehensive news source for the Indian American community since 1975.
The Khmer Post – Newspaper and radio station based in Long Beach serving Southern California’s Cambodian community.
Siamtown US – Los Angeles based newspaper that offers coverage of local and national news pertinent to the Thai community.

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USC Pacific Asia Museum – The USC Pacific Asian Museum contains examples of art and artifacts from Asia and the Pacific Islands, spanning a period of five thousand years.
Japanese American National Museum – The Japanese American National Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans with Japanese ancestry.
Chinese American Museum – The mission of the Chinese American Museum is to preserve and share the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Chinese Americans.

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Other Sites

Library of Congress, Asian Reading Room – With over 2.8 million books, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian language materials outside of Asia.
Library of Congress, Asian Pacific Americans – Resources – Library of Congress site for Asian Pacific American themed resources. Find official documents, newspapers, photos, poems, maps, images, and webcasts.
Famous Firsts by Asian Americans – Site lists Asian American firsts from government, entertainment and the sciences.