Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month

Asian pacific islander american heritage month 2020

Unless we know ourselves and our history, and other people and their history, there is really no way that we can really have positive kind of interaction where there is real understanding. – Yuri Kochiyama

During Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month, honor APIA communities and their history and traditions in San Francisco. The Library is proud to share online programs, book clubs, recommendations for timely and inspiring reads and films to engage, honor and learn more about our city’s exceptionally rich heritage, this May and all year long.

Featured APIA Month: The Mountains Sing

the mountains sing coverThe Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Tran Dieu Lan is forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rises in the North. Years later in Hanoi, her young granddaughter, Huong, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Ho Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but also her family, apart.

Vivid, gripping and steeped in the language and traditions of Vietnam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

Join the Library for an exciting book club discussion on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Registration required for The Mountains Sing discussion.


APIA Recommended Books and Films


Asian pacific islander american heritage month

The Library's APIA Heritage Month image was created from Shoshoku-shi: Decorative Papers of Japan (San Francisco, 1967). Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book, SFPL.