Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Submitted by  CCCL_PriyaV 

In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). This is an annual celebration that recognizes the contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. The month is now observed by the country's 22.9 million Asians and Asian Americans and 1.6 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders. According to the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC),the AAPI Month theme for 2022 is “Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration”.  In his Presidential Proclamation in 2021 President Biden recognized “There is no single story of the AANHPI experience, but rather a diversity of contributions that enrich America’s culture and society and strengthen the United States’ role as a global leader.  The American story as we know it would be impossible without the strength, contributions, and legacies of AANHPIs who have helped build and unite this country in each successive generation.”.

Contra Costa County Library honors, celebrates and welcomes all.  For AAPI Heritage month, our line-up of special events include:

  • Virtual Author Talk with Yang Huang on May 4
  • Talk with Newberry Honor Winner, Rajani LaRocca on May 10
  • Talk with local Author Lysley Tenorio on May 24
  • Free Comic Book Day week events featuring Asian American Authors and Artists.

Throughout the month of May, visitors to the library website can also browse rotating featured booklists compiled by Library staff and members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee that highlight AAPI authors, stories, and voices. Find your next read by visiting some of the lists below:

Read, Watch and Enjoy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Teen Reads to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage

Celebrating Pacific Islander Voices & Cultures

Asian-American & Pacific Islander History in the US

Start Your Journey Here: Travel to Asia and Pacific Island Countries

Celebrate Asian Authors

Celebrating Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month for Kids - Stories, Characters, Voices

Celebrating Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month for Kids - Places, Culture, History

AAPI Heritage Reading List for Kids