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Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

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Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month May

Featured Program

Japanese American woman in front of the Sawtelle Food Market, circa 1947.

History of Sawtelle Japantown
West Los Angeles Regional Branch | May

Learn about the rich Japanese-American history of the Sawtelle neighborhood, which the City of LA recently designated "Sawtelle Japantown."

Shades of L.A. Oral Histories and Photographs

Digitized oral history interviews with "Shades of L.A." participants about their experiences living in Southern California.

Royal Morales poses in front of Chevy sedan in Lake Tahoe

Royal Morales (Filipino American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Transcribed Summary

Liz with her son and her cousin, Vaisola, left, sit on car on Archibald Street in Carson. The 232nd Place School is in the background.

Elizabeth, Kea, and Tuiofu Foisia (Samoan American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3

Transcribed Summary

Explore the Shades of L.A. Collection of photographs.


Marigold Garlands
Tom Kobayashi, Landscape, Manzanar Relocation Center, California. Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984, photographer.
Farewell to Manzanar
Lisa See
Biography In Context

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Travel Posters

Selections from our Travel Poster Collection, part of the Library's Visual Collections.

Travel Poster - JapanTravel Poster - JapanTravel Poster - Japan
Travel Poster - Orient CallsTravel Poster - Air France - OrientTravel Poster - Hawaii


Book Lists

 Smoke & pickles
The young man in the gray suit