San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Dancing, painting, crafts, film, food, books, research and more

For Immediate Release: May 4. 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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San Francisco Public Library Celebrates
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Dancing, painting, crafts, film, food, books, research and more

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San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May with engaging cultural programs for children, teens and adults in honor of the traditions, history and heritages of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Don your kimono to prepare a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, view a display of Angel Island family history, attend a special youth yoga session, watch a screening of Moana with your neighbors, learn about China’s oldest stringed musical instrument, attend a Hawaiian hula show and much more – all free!

For readers, check out the Library’s suggested adult book list on or about Asian Pacific Americans or come to a poetry reading, storytelling or book club event.

The San Francisco Public Library and SoMA Pilipinas are hosting Shades of San Francisco, inviting members of San Francisco’s Filipino community to include their photos in the San Francisco History Center archives. On Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., share Filipino-American photographs to help document the evolution of the Filipino community from the 1920s to today.

There will be more than seventy-five programs at the Main Library and neighborhood branches. View the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month program guide for the complete program schedule and join us in honoring the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Asian Pacific American Heritage programs are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.


Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery
(Appointments are recommended. Sign up here.)

Angel Island Immigrant Voices
Sunday, May 7, 12-3 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms A & B

The Immigrant in America – poetry reading
Wednesday, May 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights branch

Tranquil Resonance – The Story of the Guqin
Saturday, May 20, 10:30 – 12 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Saturday, May 6, 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., Mission Bay Branch

Home Movie Day – San Francisco’s Filipino Community
Saturday, May 13, 12-5 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Genealogy and Family History Research
Monday, May 8, 1-3 p.m., North Beach Branch


Halau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi – Hula Dancing

Saturday, May 6, Merced Branch, 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, Ortega Branch, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, Western Addition, 2:00-2:45 p.m.


Kathak Indian Dance Performance

Sunday, May 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., West Portal Branch
Saturday, May 20, 11-12 p.m., Richmond Branch
Sunday, May 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Merced Branch


Japanese Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro

Thursday, May 4, 3:30-4 p.m., Chinatown Branch
Saturday, May 13, 10:30-11 a.m., North Beach Branch


Disney’s Moana

Saturday, May 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch
Thursday, May 11, 2-4 p.m., Presidio Branch
Wednesday, May 24, 6-8:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Friday, May 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center
Wednesday, May 31, 4-6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch


Chinese Brush Painting

Saturday, May 20, 2:30-4 p.m., Chinatown Branch
Saturday, May 27, 2-3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch

Find the entire list of programs in the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month guide.

Or via the Library’s online calendar.