May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).Read More ..
SWIC Library joins with the campus community in celebrating diversity!
This month, the Library's Books on Paradepays tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.
Over 200 items are displayed!
In addition to historical and cultural books, the display features Adult and Young Adult Novels, as well as a large collection of Children's Books all written by award winning Asian/Pacific authors.
Browse a sampling of our books BELOW and in the TABS outlined to the left.
And! Take advantage of our Library Pick UP ServiceWatch this QUICK VIDEO on how to place a book request. Once requested, library staff will pull your item from the shelf and email you that it's ready for pick up at the library's front desk. You will need your SWIC ID to check items out of the library. The typical loan period for library items is 4 weeks. See our current library hours.
Finally, be sure to scroll down this page for a curated list of great Web Resources. Find interesting links to Asian/Pacific Arts, Culture and Media; Civil Rights and Political Participation; Facts and Figures; Health and Wellness; News, Social Issues and Popular Culture; Professional and Community Organizations; St. Louis Organizations; and Celebrations of Asian/Pacific Heritage Month.
APALA Asian/Pacific American Literature AwardsAsian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing leadership opportunities through informed dialogue that addresses the needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander library workers and those who serve these communities.
Asian American ArtistsAmerican artists of Asian heritage bring a combined legacy to their work, and varieties of Asian thought and spiritual practice have had a profound and lasting influence on a remarkable number of Western artists. Influence has been a two-way street between contemporary American art practice and Asian cultures, past and present.
Asian American Arts AllianceThe Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building.
Asian CinevisionAsian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video. Since 1978, ACV has presented the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), the first and longest running festival in the U.S. to showcase for the best in independent Asian and Asian American cinema.
Asian Pacific American Keystone InitiativeThe Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Keystone Initiative will raise $25+ million (Phase 1) with the goal of securing support for programs, curator positions and internships, and collections that will increase the presence of Asian Pacific American stories across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and 9 research centers. Funds will also help to create the first permanent exhibition gallery space dedicated to the Asian Pacific American experience in Washington, DC.
Asia Pacific ArtsAsia Pacific Arts is an online magazine that covers the dynamic worlds of Asian and Asian American arts and entertainment.
Asia SocietyThe Asia Society’s purpose is to navigate shared futures for Asia and the world across policy, arts and culture, education, sustainability, business, and technology.
Honolulu Museum of ArtHonolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) is a unique gathering place where art, history, culture and education converge, right in the heart of Honolulu. Whether you’re exploring our galleries, catching a film, or reawakening your love of art through a class, HoMA strives to be a vital part of Hawai‘i’s cultural landscape.
National Japanese American Historical SocietyThe National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) is a membership-supported institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation and sharing of historical information of the Japanese American experience for the diverse, broader national and global community.
18 Million Rising18 Million Rising (18MR) brings Asian American communities together online and offline to reimagine Asian American identity.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law CaucusFounded in 1972, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific American communities. Advancing Justice – ALC focuses on housing rights, immigration and immigrants’ rights, labor and employment issues, student advocacy (ASPIRE), civil rights and hate violence, national security, and criminal justice reform.
Asian Pacific American Labor AllianceFounded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers.
APALA envisions a society where economic and racial justice prevails, human rights and worker dignity are affirmed, and where a healthy, sustainable planet is able to offer a better life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Black, brown, and Indigenous folks, and all communities fighting oppression.
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional StudiesThe Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource CenterThe mission of the APALRC is the advance the civil and legal rights of Asian Americans by focusing on providing linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services to low-income Asian immigrants in Metro-DC who have limited English proficiency. The goal is to ensure that Asian Americans can access government services and the legal system to protect and enforce their right, and to seek full participation in American society. The APALRC seeks to accomplish this mission through a three-prong strategy that combines community legal education, individual representation, and systemic advocacy.
Asian and Pacific Islander American VoteAsian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) was founded in 2007 with a vision to increase civic engagement among Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). As a national, nonpartisan organization, APIAVote’s mission is to work with local and state community based organizations (CBOs) to mobilize AAPIs in electoral and civic participation.
Asian Pacific Islander Legal OutreachFounded in 1975, the mission of Asian Pacific Islanders Legal Outreach is to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation, social services, and advocacy for the most marginalized segments of the community including low-income women, seniors, recent immigrants, and youth.
Center for Asian Americans United for EmpowermentCenter for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political and civic empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.
Japanese American Citizens LeagueFounded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.
National Asian Pacific American Bar AssociationIn 1988 a coalition of Asian Pacific American bar leaders from around the country came together to create a national voice of engaged and active lawyers to support their community.
NAPABA is the preeminent professional development organization and voice for 50,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of nearly 90 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations.
Organization of Chinese AmericansOrganization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Asian Pacific American Advocates is dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
Founded in 1973, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit, membership-driven organization based in Washington, D.C. with over 50 chapters and affiliates around the country. OCA works to empower the next generation of leaders.
White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific IslandersThe White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders works to broaden Asian American and Pacific Islander access to economic resources and opportunities and thus empower AAPIs to improve the quality of their lives, raise the standard of living of their families and communities, and more fully participate in our economy.
Key facts about Asian origin groups in the U.S.Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.
Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities And Mental HealthMental Health America (MHA)'s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.
Asian Pacific Islander American Health ForumAPIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
APIAHF is the oldest and largest health advocacy organization working with Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander communities across the nation, in the US Territories, and with the US‐affiliated Pacific jurisdictions.
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health OrganizationsThe Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) was formed to create a national voice to advocate for the unique and diverse health needs of Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Island communities and the community health providers that serve their needs.
EthnoMedThe objective of the website is to make information about culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups.
National National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health AssociationThe mission of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) is to promote the mental health and well being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since its founding, NAAPIMHA strives to raise awareness of the role of mental health in an individual’s health and well-being, especially in Asian American Pacific Islander communities throughout the country.
U.S. National Library of Medicine - Asian American HealthEvery racial or ethnic group has specific health concerns. Differences in the health of groups can result from genetics, environmental factors, access to care and
cultural factors. n this page, you'll find links to health issues that affect Asian Americans.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and History in the U.S.EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities.
EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture.
Asian American and Pacific Islander HistoryAsian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played vital roles in shaping the nation—from building the Transcontinental Railroad to advocating for labor law changes to fighting in multiple wars. They made these contributions while also facing persistent discrimination and violence throughout U.S. history.
News, Social Issues and Popular Culture
8 Asians8Asians is a collaborative online publication that features original, diverse commentary by Asians from around the world on issues that affect our community.
AsAm NewsAsAmNews is a community of users interested in reading, learning and commenting on news, events, people & issues in the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities.
Here you will find a full roundup of headlines and blogs about the Asian American community from both mainstream and ethnic media.
Asia SocietyThe Asia Society's mission is to foster insight, encourage engagement, elevate regional voices, inform and educate new audiences, address complex – and where necessary – contentious challenges, engage in creative problem-solving, and help deliver real solutions for the benefit of all. As a global network of centers who share a common vision, we actively collaborate with our centers and partners across Asia and the world.
HuffPost: Asian VoicesAt HuffPost, we report with empathy and put people at the heart of every story. We take a people-first approach in everything we report—be it news and politics or lifestyle and entertainment—and we cover real stories about real life.
Pew Research Center - Asian AmericansPew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.
POLITICO - Asian-AmericaPOLITICO strives to be the dominant source for news on politics and policy in power centers across every continent where access to reliable information, nonpartisan journalism and real-time tools create, inform and engage a global citizenry.
Asian American Journalists AssociationThe Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a membership nonprofit advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.
Asian Pacific Americans in Higher EducationAsian Pacific Americans in Higher Education is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific American students; promoting and supporting the hiring, retention, and advancement of qualified Asian and Pacific American faculty, staff, and administrators; and creating a better understanding of issues in the public affecting Asian and Pacific Americans in higher education.
AscendAscend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries.
Asian American Government Executives NetworkThe Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), founded in 1993, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization of the highest ranking Asian American and Pacific Islander career and appointed executives, foreign service officers, legislative and judiciary members, and military officers in Government.
AAGEN's mission is to promote, expand, and support Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership in Government.
Asian Pacific American Librarians AssociationAPALA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing leadership opportunities through informed dialogue that addresses the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve APA communities.
Conference on Asian Pacific American LeadershipThe Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline.
National Association of Asian American ProfessionalsFounded in 1982, NAAAP is a volunteer-run non-profit that inspires, develops, and connects leaders across industries and communities through networking and educational events, trainings, community service programs, and celebrations of Asian American excellence.
North America Taiwanese Women's AssociationNATWA was founded in 1988 as a non-profit organization. NATWA's mission is to evoke a sense of self-esteem and enhance women's dignity, to oppose gender discrimination and promote gender equality, to fully develop women's potential and encourage their participation in public affairs, to contribute to the advancement of human rights and democratic development in Taiwan,
to reach out and work with women's organization worldwide to promote peace for all.
St. Louis Organizations
Asian American Chamber of Commerce - St. LouisFounded in 2011, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of St. Louis serves corporate professionals and business owners from East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian communities in the Greater St. Louis region as well as those who conduct business in Asia.
Chinese Culture and Education Services - St. LouisChinese Culture Education and Services (CCES) is an all-volunteer, non-political, non-sectarian, and non-profit organization.
We launched our first Chinese Culture Days program in 1994. Its success showed us the potential to make a difference in the St. Louis community.
Filipino-American Association of MissouriFilipino-American Association of Missouri's mission is to promote the Philippine regional traditions and to preserve the Filipino values & customs as our legacy to the future generation.
Friends of Taiwan - St. LouisThe Friends of Taiwan—Greater St. Louis is a non-profit organization exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes and specifically to promote educational and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and the United States, and to improve the health and welfare of Taiwanese and United States citizens.
Japan America Society of St. LouisThe Japan-America Society of Saint Louis (JAS) was founded in 1967 with the mission to promote friendship, understanding, and exchange between the people of Japan and St. Louis. It serves as the major information and resource center about Japan in the St. Louis Metropolitan region.
Japan America Society Women's Association - St. LouisJapan America Society Women's Association (JASWA) provides friendship and cultural exchange for women of any heritage who want to learn and share about Japan and its rich traditions. Join us at monthly events, such as our crafting workshops, and participate at the Missouri Botanical Garden Japanese Festival.
Korean-American Association of St. LouisThe purpose of the Korean American Association of St. Louis is to represent Korean Americans in the Greater St. Louis Area by further developing the Korean community through promoting
cultural education, supporting the rights of Korean Americans, and strengthening relations with other communities in the area.
St. Louis Chinese Language SchoolSt. Louis Chinese Language School is a non-profit organization whose main objectives are teaching Chinese language, promoting Chinese culture and providing related services to the general public. The School is open to anyone interested in learning Chinese language and culture, regardless of age, race, sex, religion, and nationality.
St. Louis Modern Chinese SchoolThe St. Louis Modern Chinese School (SLMCS), founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization. The primary mission of SLMCS is to provide a nurturing avenue for students of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to learn the Chinese language, arts, and culture. SLMCS is an active member of Chinese School Association in the United States (CSAUS) with over 150 member schools.
St. Louis T'ai Chi Ch'uan AssociationThe St. Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association (SLTCCA) was formed in 1979, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1981. The Association teaches the Simplified Cheng Man-ch'ing Yang Style.
Vietnamese Health ClinicThe Vietnamese Health Clinic at St. Francis Community Services Southside helps elders and their families manage diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthMay is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This site presents only a sample of the digital and physical holdings related to Asian/Pacific heritage available from the Library of Congress and other participating agencies.
National Park Service Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthAsian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history.
Every May during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.
Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month With Us
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we’ve got a reel full of celebration. Travel from Hawaii to New York City to meet a hula champion living out a childhood dream, a rapper challenging stereotypes, and performers keeping a Tang Dynasty-era tradition alive.