Celebrating the achievements of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States.
In May, we celebrate the achievements of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. Comprising many ethnic groups, including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and peoples of more than 20 other ethnicities, Asian Americans enrich the national landscape with their respective histories, traditions and cultural heritage.
This diverse group of people faced intense prejudice and hardships in the United States, from the 1858 California legislation barring entry of Chinese immigrants to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. But despite these and many other challenges, Asian and Pacific peoples have made lasting contributions in all facets of American society.
Fields of technology, sports, education, science, business, medicine and the arts demonstrate Asian Americans’ historical and contemporary accomplishments and innovations. The Library celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with The following resources:
Asian Pacific American Heritage InfoGuide – contains books, databases, digital collections and websites to learn more about this community. Here’s a sample of what you will find:
SIRS Knowledge Source articles on Asian Americans and their rich legacy.
Related SIRS online resources include:
1. In O.C., a Culture Trying to Survive
2. Asian-Pacific Americans Honored in Community-Backed Museum
3. Talking to Gene Yang
4. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month a Celebration of Diversity
5. The New Jews?
Becoming American: The Chinese Experience