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.
Some highlights of our celebration:
Join us as we celebrate Japanese culture at the library. We invite you to learn about ukiyo-e woodblock printing, listen to traditional Japanese musical instruments with a performance from the Los Angeles Japanese Music Ensemble, and taste contemporary Japanese treats during our Japanese Culture Day on Saturday, May 13 from 12-3 PM.
Take in a screening of the documentary, “The Legacy of Heart Mountain” which illustrates life in the Heart Mountain Concentration Camp and participate in a Q&A with ABC7 news anchor David Ono on Friday, May 12 at 9 AM.
Or perhaps, enjoy an evening listening to author Naomi Hirahara and local resident Naomi Hamachi discuss the important role of Japanese Americans on the Peninsula on Monday, May 15th at 6 PM.
We also invite families, children, and teens to find other programs on our calendar that will help broaden their horizons and learn more about Japanese culture.
For books on Japanese Americans and Japanese culture, visit our website!
Please visit: www.pvld.org/celebrate/apa