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Welcome to the McCarthy Library's 2022 LibGuide for the celebration of Asian Pacific AmericanHeritage Month!
In 1977, congressional lawmakers proposed bills for the creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. After passing a law for a seven-day commemoration in 1978, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 in 1992, which annually designated May Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, are located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting exemplary works of art, the National Museum of Asian Art addresses broad questions about culture, identity, and the contemporary world.
Bay Area Events
United States of Asian America Festival: GENERATIONS OF POWER Showcase
SATURDAY, MAY 14 2022 12PM-4PM
An outdoor showcase of AAPI performances taking place at Japantown's historic Peace Plaza.
Music as Conversation with Vân-Ánh Võ and the Blood Moon Orchestra
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 11:00 AM
Presented by the Asian Art Museum, this is an interactive performance by award-winning Vietnamese composer and traditional multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.
Immigration Stories of Asian American Women: Here Is Happiness
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 3:00 PM
Grab a cocktail or a cup of tea and watch experienced storytellers perform hopeful immigration stories in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Alton Chung, Eleanor Clement Glass, and Janet Liu bring to life the diverse immigrant experiences of Asian American women with compelling stories about an early 20th-century Japanese mail-order bride, a Filipina World War I bride, and a young girl leaving her home in Taiwan in the 1960s. This program is recommended for ages 16 and up, but the whole family is welcome.
This is online event.
CAAMFest 40: Rice and Asian Americana
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 6:30 PM
Rice farmer Robin Koda and wheat farmer Mai Nguyen join chef and cookbook author Diep Tran for a conversation about the complex role of rice in the formation of Asian Americana. In popular culture, rice plays many roles, from a crop that symbolizes the ingenuity, thrift, and resilience of Asian American farmers to a food that represents Asian American cuisine as a whole. In this event co-presented by CAAM, we’ll explore the many narratives of rice and consider if these stories expand, or narrow, our understanding of Asian American culture.
This is online event and requires tickets.
World Premier of "Sa Amin"
THURSDAY, MAY 26 6PM-8PM
Kapwa Gardens and YouTube
967 Mission St San Francisco, CA
Join us for the world premiere for “Sa Amin”, a new documentary film by the directors Dyan Ruiz and Nix Guirre, and produced by the SF Urban Film Fest.
The South of Market is seen as a center for tech and tourism in San Francisco, but the filmmakers of “Sa Amin” invite you to see the neighborhood through the eyes of four Filipinas who have made it their home. The film looks past the office towers and tourist attractions to the neighborhood that is home to Filipino families and their support network of nonprofits and cultural institutions. For over 100 years, the area has been an important landing place for Filipino immigrants, who have fought to stay in the neighborhood, despite urban renewal demolishing entire city blocks and real estate speculation driving displacement. Rare archival footage, some never seen by the public, and interviews with community stalwarts, are woven into the stories of present-day, everyday heroines, Teresa Dulalas, Tina Alejo, Janine LaCap, and Mary Ann Masagca.
Bay Area Resources
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Located at 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA the APICC is an arts and cultural center dedicated to the support and presentation of multidisciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States.
Asian Art Museum
Located at 200 Larkin St in
San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum collects and displays Asian & Asian-American art ranging from ancient to modern in order to deepen understanding and empathy among people of all backgrounds.