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Honoring the History and Culture of Asian Pacific Americans

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Now, more than ever, it is important to shine a bright light on the contributions of the Asian Pacific American community

We’re celebrating the culture and diverse backgrounds of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans and honoring the resilience and courage they have shown in the face of decades of inequity and violence, particularly over the past year. 

The Asian Pacific community includes do many people: folks from the entire continent of Asia, and from the Pacific Islands, including Fiji, New Guinea, Guam, French Polynesia, New Zealand, and the Hawaiian Islands, to name a few. 

That rich blend of culture, language, and history provides a wide range of stories shared through different voices throughout the United States. 

Check out some of our favorite resources to learn more about the Asian Pacific American community. 


PBS will be premiering a series of films this month celebrating Asian Pacific American History. We’re especially looking forward to “Curtain Up!” which is about the Theatre Club at an NYC school in Chinatown. 

Smithsonian Music

The Smithsonian has created this special webpage honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage and Music. 

New York Public Library

Explore books for adults, teens, and kids with the New York Public Library’s Asian Pacific American reading list. 


Here are a few Asian Pacific Artists we can’t stop listening to!