asian pacific american heritage month


Four books about Asian Pacific American experience in America

In May, we celebrate one of the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to the success of this country.

Korean Americans and library staff inside a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile that is participating in an annual Korean parade.
Joann Im, May 27, 2022

Continuing our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we highlight the importance of paying tribute and recognizing the history and the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders enriched to the United States.

Author Jenny Tinghui Zhang and her debut novel, Four Treasures of the Sky
Daryl M., May 12, 2022

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has received support from Kundiman, Tin House, and VONA/Voices.

Panoramic view of Heart Mountain Relocation Center, the WWII Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming, [ca 1943]. Shades of L.A.: Japanese American Community
Deborah Savage, May 09, 2022

By the late nineteenth century, the West Coast of the United States was home to thriving Japanese communities. After the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 barred the immigration of Chinese workers, Japanese laborers were sought for many industries, including agriculture and fishing.

Author Alma Katsu and her latest novels, The Fervor
Daryl M., May 05, 2022

Alma Katsu is the award-winning author of six novels, most recently Red Widow,

Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Thích Nhất Hạnh, the influential Vietnamese Buddhist monk who achieved a worldwide following with his message of mindfulness, peace, and compassion, died at age 95 on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

You Chung Hong and the gateway to LA Chinatown
Vi Ha, February 01, 2022

You Chung (“Y.C.”) Hong (1898–1977) was a community booster, social activist, and immigration lawyer based in Chinatown in Los Angeles and is profiled as a part of Archives Alive: Stories and Voices from L.A.

Filipino American journalist Maria Ressa and A Thousand Cuts documentary on her fight for freedom of the press
Sheryn Morris, October 18, 2021

This year’s award was bestowed on two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dimitry Muratov, “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Ms. Ressa and Mr.

Collage of books celebrating Filipino American History Month
Tina Lerno, October 14, 2021

The Los Angeles Public Library strives to shine a light on all the people and cultures that make up Los Angeles and its environs.

Girl with a sailor friend
Photo Friends, October 06, 2021

Thirty years ago the Los Angeles Public Library embarked on a ground-breaking, collection-building project—reaching out to the diverse communities of the region for family photographs that would provide depth and nuance to an understanding of this region’s multi-cultural history.