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Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Celebrating Since 1979

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 ..
Executive and Legislative Documents
The Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Asian/Pacific Heritage Month.


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Samantha Rogers
Research Center
Belleville Campus Library
IS Building, First Floor
(618) 222-5236

SWIC Librarian

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Jennifer Bone
Research Center
Belleville Campus Library
IS Building, 1st Floor
(618) 222-5597

SWIC Librarian

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Teri Terranova
Granite City Campus Library
(618) 931-0600, ext. 7353

What's Happening @ SWIC Library!

SWIC Library joins with the campus community in celebrating diversity!

This month, the Library's Books on Parade pays 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 Service Watch 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 Literature Award Winner and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Jenny Han

Browse and Request Books @ SWIC Library

Web Resources

Arts, Culture, Literature and Media
Civil Rights and Political Participation
Health and Wellness
News, Social Issues and Popular Culture
Professional and Community Organizations
St. Louis Organizations
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 
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.