Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

 

The Palos Verdes Library District, with support from California Humanities, recognizes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May with a series of programs featuring the culture and history of the Japanese American community on the Peninsula. Please join us as we explore and celebrate through music, food, language and dance, the many contributions of our diverse and vibrant community.

 

 

History of APAHM

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), which celebrates the contributions and culture of community members with Asian Pacific American (APA) heritage in the month of May, was established in 1990 when the United States Congress passed Public Law 102-405.  May was selected to commemorate the first immigration of Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843 and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, primarily built by Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.

Today, APAHM serves as a reflective and celebratory month where we pause to recognize the contributions of our local Asian Pacific American communities and those abroad while learning more about our American history and the history of our APA communities in their ancestral homeland and in the US. Our local APA communities include families that have lived in the US for generations, indigenous Pacific Islander groups living in US states and territories, and those that have come to the US as immigrants or refugees.  The range of communities and cultures that APAHM covers is vast and ranges from those with ancestry from over 50 different countries such as Japan, China, Korea, India, Bhutan, Laos, Philippines, Vanuatu, Kiribati, and Tonga.

For more information about Asian Pacific Heritage Month visit: http://asianpacificheritage.gov

 

APAHM 2017 @ PVLD

As part of the project “Japanese Americans on the Peninsula: Learning from Our Past to Look to Our Future”, the Palos Verdes Library District will celebrate the Peninsula’s growing, changing, and diverse community through a series of events for all ages during Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month in May 2017. The project is a recipient of the 2016 Humanities For All Quick Grant Awards which are granted to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people. We are highlighting our Japanese American community for our first APAHM celebration to honor our community’s Japanese American farmers who settled the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the early 1900s and highlight our increasing and changing Asian Pacific American demographic.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (05.2017)

Past Events

Community & Family Sumi-E Painting

Sunday, April 30 12-2 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room


Art Exhibit: Gardena Kuwai Sumi-E Club

May 1 - May 31

Peninsula Center Library Foyer


Japanese Bilingual Storytime

Thursday, May 4 10:15-10:45 AM

Malaga Cove Library

Community Room


Celebrate Children's Day

Friday, May 5 4:00-4:45 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room


Screening Legacy of Heart Mountain and Q&A with David Ono

Friday, May 12 9-10 AM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room


Celebrate Japanese Culture Day

Saturday, May 13 12-3 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room & Foyer


Passages Project Scanning Event

Saturday, May 13 12-3 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Conference Room


Japanese Americans on the Peninsula

Monday, May 15 6:00-7:45 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room


By Appointment - Passages Project Storytelling Event

Tuesday, May 16 10-5 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room


Screening of American Pastime

Wednesday, May 17 6 - 8 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room


Japanese Bilingual Storytime

Friday, May 19 10:15-10:45 AM   

Peninsula Center Library

Storytime Room


Sushi Demonstration for Teens

Monday, May 22 4-5 PM

Teen Annex


Sumi-E Painting Workshop feat. the Gardena Kuwai Sumi-E Club

Wednesday, May 24 4-5 PM

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room


Origami Session

Wednesday, May 31 3:30-4:30 PM

Miraleste Library

Library


Anime Movie Screenings

Thursdays in May 5-7 PM 

Teen Annex

 

 Learn more about PVLD's commitment to celebrating diversity.

www.pvld.org/celebrate


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Visit www.calhum.org.