May is AAPI Month

May 3, 2024 | Beacon, Justice, News, Racial

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we recommend the following books for adults and children that center and honor the stories and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In response to the continuing escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more necessary to lift up these stories and reckon with this nation’s anti-Asian racism. Here are some books to help you learn:

  • We Are Here: 30 Inspiring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Have Shaped the United States by Naomi Hirahara and illustrated by Illi Ferandez
  • Asian American is Not a Color: Conversations on Race, Affirmative Action, and Family by OiYan A. Poon
  • We Who Produce Pearls: An Anthem for Asian America by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya
  • Made in Asian America: A History for Young People by Erika Lee and Christina Soontornvat
  • On Gold Hill: A Personal History of Wheat, Farming, and Family From Punjab to California by Jaclyn Moyer
  • The House Before Falling into the Sea by Ann Suk Wang and illustrated by Hanna Cha

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And check out the trailer of Vivien Hao’s documentary “Invisible No More” which was partly filmed at East Shore. We’ll have the documentary premiere in September at East Shore.