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asian pacific american heritage month


Colorful illustration of Young Oak Kim and a Los Angeles school named after him
Sky You, May 10, 2023

Young Oak Kim, born in Los Angeles in 1919, was a Korean American United States Army officer during World War II and the Korean War, as well as a civic leader and humanitarian.

Colorized coloring page of Filipina American community leader, Remy Geaga
Jennifer Siron, January 18, 2023

Remy Geaga (1916 – 1997) was a Filipina American community leader who advocated for the elderly and homeless. After immigrating to the United States from the Philippines in 1965, Geaga noticed inequities the Filipino community was experiencing.

A colorized coloring page of Joseph and Elizabeth Yamada
Tamiko Welch, January 10, 2023

Joseph Yamada (1930–2020) and Elizabeth Kikuchi Yamada (1930–2020) were both born and raised in San Diego and were incarcerated at the camp in Poston, Arizona, as the result of Executive Order 9066.

Portrait of Dr. William "Bill" Chun-Hoon and the Chinatown Branch Library in the background
, January 03, 2023

Dr. William "Bill" Chun-Hoon (1928 - 2019) was an educator and a community activist for the community of Chinatown in Los Angeles. Chun-Hoon was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was the 12th child in a family of 15. In 1973, Dr.

Haing Somnang Ngor receiving an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985
Camille Keo, December 27, 2022

Haing Somnang Ngor (1947?-1996) was a Cambodian doctor, a refugee, an actor, and an activist.

Phạm Thị Băng Thanh (August 5, 1934-March 17, 2020)
Shirley Ly, December 20, 2022

Thái Thanh, born Phạm Thị Băng Thanh (August 5, 1934-March 17, 2020), was a legendary Vietnamese American singer.

Portrait of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, April 1919
Sky You, December 12, 2022

Ahn Chang Ho was a Korean independence activist and one of the early leaders of the Korean-American immigrant community in the United States.

Four books about Asian Pacific American experience in America

In May, we celebrate one of the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to the success of this country.

Korean Americans and library staff inside a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile that is participating in an annual Korean parade.
Joann Im, May 27, 2022

Continuing our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we highlight the importance of paying tribute and recognizing the history and the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders enriched to the United States.

Author Jenny Tinghui Zhang and her debut novel, Four Treasures of the Sky
Daryl M., May 12, 2022

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has received support from Kundiman, Tin House, and VONA/Voices.