Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

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May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. This year's theme, selected by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), is "Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration," which builds on the Advancing Leaders series that began in 2021 and will run through 2024. Last year's theme was Advancing Leaders through Purpose-Driven Service. The FAPAC encourages local and national governments to prioritize collaboration, development, diversity, transparency and inclusion through leadership training of AAPI people.

For more history and events celebrating this month, members of our staff have curated a few websites and resources below. For those of you who are avid readers or listeners, our friends and colleagues have provided some great book, movie and other recommendations reflective of AAPI culture and heritage to add to your reading and watch lists!

Voices for Healthy Kids is proud to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month! 

Book Recommendations:

  • How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

  • The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

  • Severance by Ling Ma

  • Disability Visibility by Alice Wong

  • Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

  • The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood

  • How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy O. Yang

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  • Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen

  • Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Documentaries, Movies and Others:

  • Always Be My Maybe (on Netflix)

  • Love Hard (on Netflix)

  • Minari (on Hulu)

  • Tigertail (on Netflix)

  • The Farewell (on Hulu)

  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (on Netflix)

  • Bao (a short film on Disney+)

  • Asian Americans (on PBS)

  • Kim’s Convenience (TV show on Netflix)

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (on Amazon Prime Video)

More information on AAPI Heritage and the commemoration month:

This link is provided for convenience only and is not an endorsement of either the linked-to entity or any product or service.