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asian pacific american heritage month


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.

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.

Yumi Sakugawa and her zine, I Think I am in Friend-Love With You
Angi Brzycki, July 09, 2021

Yumi Sakugawa is a second-generation Japanese-Okinawan-American interdisciplinary artist, and the author of several published books including I Think I am in Friend-Love With You: Your Ill

Chinese paper cutting

The roots of Chinese paper cutting as an art form may date back to the time when paper was invented by Cai Lun of the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. This art form became popular as paper became more affordable. Traditionally, the paper cuts have been used to decorate windows and doors.

Korean American family at river, ca 1900

Imagine waking up on a remote island one fine morning and deciding to travel to Asia. Which direction would you choose to go?

Minako Yoshida on her album, Monochrome
Aaron M. Olson, May 19, 2021

Minako Yoshida is a prolific Japanese singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who has released over 20 albums since her 1973 debut, Tobira No Fuyu.