Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebrations

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebrations

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Public Library is excited to partner with the APA Heritage Foundation to present more than 100 programs celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage, including special events, exhibits, author talks, crafts, delicious food and creative programs for all ages. View the full program guide here.

As we honor the 40th anniversary of APA Heritage Month, it is important to remember that San Francisco’s Asian and Pacific American roots reach even deeper. The City has long been a destination for immigrants from Asia, and our Chinatown remains the largest and oldest in North America; we have a vibrant Little Saigon and a strong Filipino American presence. Japantown is the second largest in the nation. San Francisco is also home to dynamic communities from Burma, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Pacific Islands, Singapore and Thailand, to name just a few.

Our city boasts a strong Asian Pacific literary heritage, exemplified by Jade Snow Wong’s autobiography Fifth Chinese Daughter; the historical research of Yuji Ichioka who coined the term “Asian American”; essays by Andrew Lam; poet and community activist Tony Robles; and the scholarly works of our Chinatown Branch namesake Him Mark Lai; and many other authors. This year we’ve heightened our literary endeavors by collaborating on a shared book club with our sister city library in Shanghai.

Our Library is a dynamic repository for knowledge and represents unity and community building. Our heritage celebrations raise a deep awareness of how individuals and community organizations have shaped and continue to preserve the rich history of our beloved City. We invite everyone to enjoy our programs and those by our partners, including the APA Heritage Foundation, Asian Art Museum, Asian Pacific Fund and CAAMFest. All Library programs are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

View the full program guide here (PDF)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Crafts

Koinobori Craft – May 5, 3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (youth + family)
Daruma Origami – May 21, 4 p.m., Richmond Branch Library (youth + family)
Kumihimo Cord Braiding – May 19, 3 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library (for teens)
Mini Hawaiian Quilts – May 22, 5 p.m., Anza Branch Library (for teens)
Sashiko Stitching — May 16, 6:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (for adults)
Beeswax Sushi Candles – May 17, 6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library (for adults)

Food

Breads of the World: Scallion Pancakes – May 9, 4 p.m., Anza Branch Library (youth + Family)
Decolonizing the Oceania Diet – May 12, 1 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library (youth + family)
Vietnamese Snacks – May 18, 4 p.m., Parkside Branch Library (for teens)
Biblio Bistro: Hawaiian Food – May 29, 4:15 p.m., The Mix at SFPL (for teens)
Japanese Tea Ceremony – May 6, 2 p.m., Richmond Branch Library (for adults)
Vietnamese Spring Rolls – May 12, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (for adults)

Films

MoanaMay 3, 5:45 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library
The Big Sick – May 13, 2 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library
Shaolin Soccer – May 16, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library
CAAMFest Short Films – May 23, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Music, Movement & Performance

Yoga for Kids – May 19, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library (youth + family)
Japanese Taiko Drumming – May 15, 10 a.m., Parkside Branch Library (youth + family)
Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company – May 6, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library (youth + family)
Koto Music Performance – May 17, 5 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library (adults)
Koret Performance  (flute, zither, Haegeum, Guzheng) – May 5, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Storytelling: Chinese Folktales – May 3, 3 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library (youth + family)
Japanese Folktales & Puppet Show – May 12, 3 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library (youth + family)

Special Events

APIAs Building Railroads across America – April 29, 12 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Children’s Book Week with Author Sandhya Acharya – May 5, 11 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Center
Author Talk with Frances Chin – May 12, 2:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Artivism (Art + Activism) – May 17, 7 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge
Merced Branch Open House + Author Event – May 19, 1 p.m., Merced Branch Library
Grand Opening: Family Style Zine – May 19, 2 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge
Author Vanessa Hua & Grotto Podcast – May 22, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Teen Essay Contest – May 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Transcribing Herstory: Contemporary Filipinx Voices – May 31, 6:30 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge

Exhibitions

Chinese in the Sunset – May 5 through May 7 at North Beach, May 12 through May 14 at Ortega
The Unique Costumes of the 56 Ethnic Groups of China – Through June 2, Main Library, Intl’ Center

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.