Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

Celebrate this May with DC Public Library

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About Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

2022 marks the 30th Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). AAPIHM was first started in 1992 by the United States Congress as Public Law 102-450. May was chosen to mark the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. You can learn more about the history of how AAPIHM came to be through the Library of CongressThe broad umbrella of Asian American Pacific Islander captures all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

This May, come to the library to celebrate with us! Enjoy author talks, film screenings, craft kits and story walks as well was great books, films and digital library resources that will help you learn more about the literary and cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


Image for event: Author Talk: You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids Author Talk: You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is In Braids
Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Virtual Event
MLK Library welcomes journalist, poet and author Frances Kai-Hwa Wang for a special virtual conversation about her new title You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids with award-winning local journalist, author and speaker Katherine Reynolds Lewis.
Image for event: Moana Sing-Along Family Screenings of Disney's Moana

Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m.
MLK Library, Children's Room

Thursday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Parklands-Turner Library
Celebrate AAPIHM with free screenings of family favorite Moana! Sing along to the adventures of Moana as she meets Maui, overcomes obstacles, saves her people and ultimately - finds herself!
Silent Winds, Dry Seas by Vinod Busjeet: 9780385547024 | Books Author Talk with Vinod Busjeet
Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m.
Georgetown Library
Silent Winds, Dry Seas by Vinod Busjeet, local author,  is one of NPR's Best Books of the Year. A sweeping debut novel that explores the intimate struggle for independence and success of a young descendant of Indian indentured laborers in Mauritius, a small multiracial island in the Indian Ocean.
Image for event: Dear Corky Dear Corky: A Film Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
MLK Library
The Library and the 1882 Foundation are hosting a preview screening of Curtis Chin's short documentary Dear Corky focused on the "undisputed, unofficial Asian American photographic laureate" Corky Lee. Folling the film, AAJA-DC board member Moriah Balingit will moderate a panel discussion with the filmmaker and DMV-area photojournalists.
Image for event: Virtual Reader's Theatre Virtual Reader's Theatre
Wednesday, May 11, 4 p.m.
Virtual Event
Join library staff and special guests for a retelling of Jojofu about a young man who was saved three times by the keen senses of his faithful hunting dog. 
Catalogue cover featuring a painting of several Asian women and girls Art AfterWords: Hung Liu & Maxine Hong Kingston
Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Event
The National Portrait Gallery, the 1882 Foundation and the DC Public Library would like to invite you to an encore virtual conversation about displacement and the power of amplifying overlooked stories.
Wonder Woman Teen Film Club
May 25, 4 p.m.
Parklands-Turner Library
in Celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month we will be watching Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

See more AAPIHM Events on the Library's calendar

Great Reads from the Library and the DC Mayor's Office on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA)

DC Public Library Staff Picks

Books for Adults
Books for Teens

Books for Children

MOAPIA Staff Picks

Books for Adults
Books for Teens

Books for Children

Online Resources

Enjoy great films, listen to music from around the world and learn new languages and more this AAPIHM month with your DC Public Library Card.

Stream unlimited music with your DC Public Library Card on Freegal! Whether you can't get enough K-Pop, want to learn more about Chinese Classical Music or you want to hear the songs from some of your favorite Bollywood movies, you have thousands of songs, albums and playlists right at your fingertips!

A-List K-Pop

J-Pop Radio

Classic Bollywood Scores

Maori Songbook

20th Century Chinese Classical Music Performances: Operas and Musical Dramas


DC Oral History Collaborative – HumanitiesDC

Home - Mango Languages

Chinatown Voices

Mango Langauges

Learn more about D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood from our partners at the Anacostia Community Museum. 

Stream films recommended by the DC Mayor's Office on Asian American Pacific Islander Affairs

Enjoy Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle, read in Mandarin by Officer Zhang of the Metropolitan Police Department.