Thursday, May 3, 2012

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the achievements of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. Comprising many ethnic groups, including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and peoples of more than 20 other ethnicities, Asian Americans enrich the national landscape with their respective histories, traditions and cultural heritage. To learn more, check out these online resources:

  • View online exhibits from the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities and others
  • Students, check the library's online databases, including encyclopedias and the Gale Biography In Context, for additional information and features related to Asian Americans
  • Educators and homeschoolers, use these teaching resources in your classroom
  • Take a journey to discover the richness and diversity of the Asian-American experience with PBS' Searching for Asian America
  • Watch over 800 videos on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month using the Google Video search
  • Create Asian crafts
  • Visit historic properties highlighting important aspects of the Asian and Pacific experience in America
  • has a number of resources, including biographies of notable Asian Americans, quizzes and geographical information

  • Offline, delve into works of Asian American authors like Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston and Lisa See, all of whom explore balancing one's heritage against the values and expecations of American society.

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