- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
In honor of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a trio of exhibits is presented by the Cultural Heritage Center at King Library:
For virtual exhibits, please visit the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website, where “The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders…” A treasure trove of exhibits & collection, various images, and audio/video materials is presented here for our learning and enjoyment. And a link to teacher’s resources is provided. We are also informed about the fact that “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.”
For America's parks and historic places, please visit the refreshing site of National Park Service's Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month where National Register of Historic Places showcases, by inside stories and vivid images, highlighted properties of historic and archeological significance. Angel Island Immigration Station and Manzanar National Historic Site are "the only two National Historic Landmarks commemorating Asian American history..." Half a million immigrants went through Angel Island between 1910 and 1940. More may be learned from the site of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF). Erika Lee and Judy Yung’s Angel Island : Immigrant Gateway to America is a definitive title on Asian immigrant history, and is rewarding to read.
Below are a couple more books for reference:
Image Courtesy: National Archives.