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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Resource Center Events   |  History of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month   |  Frequently Asked Questions   |  Reading Lists   |  Additional Information

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Asian Pacific Resource Center Events

The Asian Pacific Resource Center at Rosemead Library strives to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures that form Los Angeles County. It supports programs and book discussions that elebrate and explore the rich history and cultural heritage of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Join us to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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Wed, Apr 23,
3:30 PM

@ Rosemead Library

National Poetry Month Open Mic

Join us in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Read your own poem or your favorite poet's.  Sign up at the information desk.  Everyone will be given 3 to 5 minutes at the mic.  Light refreshments.  This program is for adults and teens. Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

 

Sat, May 10,
11:00 AM

@ Rosemead Library

Greeting Cards for Spring

Origami fish

Make an origami greeting card in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 

Parents please be aware that refreshments will be served.  A list of ingredients will be available.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

Thu, May 15,
6:30 PM

@ Rosemead Library

Book Club Discussion of 'Unaccustomed Earth'

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In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join us for coffee and a book discussion of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center

Sat, May 17,
2:00 PM

@ Rosemead Library

Shadows of Bali

Wayang Kulit

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Come see the famed Wayang Kulit -- the shadow play of Bali, where lacy shadows tell stories of myth and enchantment.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

Tue, May 20,
6:30 PM

@ Montebello Library

Family Fun Night Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Origami Fish

 

Join us for a special children's program celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  Make origami greeting cards to send to your friends.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

Thu, May 22,
3:30 PM

@ Rosemead Library

Documentary Short Films

Fumiko Hayashida

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, please join us for a screening of two documentary short films - Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol and Island Roots: A Historical Portrait of the Bainbridge Island Filipino-American Community.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

photo credit: Caamedia.org

 

 

Thu, Jun 19,
6:30 PM

@ Rosemead Library

Book Club Discussion of Pearl in China : Journey to the Good Earth

Pearl Buck, a child of American missionaries grew up in imperial China speaking Chinese before she learned English.  She wrote the "The Good Earth," in five months in Nanjing in 1929.  Pearl Buck became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.  Join us of a book discussion and coffee. Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

Wed, Jul 16,
2:30 PM

@ Acton Agua Dulce Library

Sweetwater Veterinarian

Meet a local veterinarian and learn about being a kind and responsible pet owner. (Ages 3-12)

Sat, Jul 19,
2:00 PM

@ Rosemead Library

Tanabata

bamboo with ornaments Celebrate Japan's star festival!  Come for a story and make origami  ornaments to decorate a tree.

Parents:  Please be advised that refreshments will be served.  A list of ingredients will be available.

For all ages.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

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History of 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Reading Lists

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Additional Information

Ethnic Newspapers

Museums

  • USC Pacific Asia Museum - The 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.

Other Sites

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events