Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2018

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2018

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2018 Guide (PDF)

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.

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.

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