May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The month of May was designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. in 1990 which recognizes the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to and influenced America’s history, culture, and triumphs. Reading works of Asian American authors can broaden one’s perspectives on immigration experiences, issues of belongingness to everyday life stories. The following are titles to consider for your spring reading list, available from the University Libraries catalog. For additional resources, use the find feature. Also, more sources on digital and physical holdings related to the heritage month can be found on

E-books (to access, please login using your University ID)

Bring Now the Angels: poems
by Ahmed, Dilruba

Eat a bowl of tea
by Chu, Louis

Pangs of love & other writings
by Wong Louie, David

The Politics of Life
by Houston, Velina Hasu

For additional e-books about the Asian American experience, here are a few more recommendations:
After camp: portraits in midcentury Japanese American life and politics
by Robinson, Greg

Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues
by Regalado, Samuel O.

Nature Behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration
by Chiang, Connie Y.

In Defense of Justice: Joseph Kurihara and the Japanese American Struggle for Equality
by Tamura, Eileen H.

Experiences of Japanese American women during and after World War II : living in internment camps and rebuilding life afterwards
by Yamaguchi, Precious

Democratizing the Enemy : the Japanese American Internment
by Hayashi, Brian Masaru

From concentration camp to campus: Japanese American students and World War II
by Austin, Allan W.

Barbed Voices: Oral History, Resistance, and the World War II Japanese American Social Disaster
by Hansen, Arthur A. and Hirabayashi, Lane Ryo

Artifacts of loss : crafting survival in Japanese American concentration camps
by Dusselier, Jane E.

And justice for all : an oral history of the Japanese American detention camps
by Tateishi, John and Daniels, Roger

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