Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Join us in celebrating the contributions, achievements, and rich cultural heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Celebrate with Us

Join us at these AAPI events.

Culture and History

Learn about AAPI history or enjoy traditional music from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Gale in Context: US History

Read about the Asian American Civil Rights Movement, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in politics.

The Great Courses: Foundations of Eastern Civilization

Uncover the origins of East Asian civilization in this course that explores the history of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

Smithsonian Global Sound

Explore this virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions, including over 300 albums from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Explore Pinoytown

Learn about downtown San José's historic Pinoytown and early Filipino Americans in Santa Clara Valley.

Explore Pinoytown

Image: Dorothy Quibelan and Fred Bacosa outside the Universal Café in San Jose's Pinoytown c.1943. Dorothy and Fred belonged to the U.S. born second or "Bridge" generation, Photo courtesy of Elaine Quibelan

Pinoytown Virtual Tour

Step back in time with this immersive story map showing where Filipino families and businesses thrived in San José from the 1930s to 1950s.

Filipina Americans blog

Image: Filipino workers planting asparagus in Stockton in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Virginia Supnet Hill

Looking Back: Filipino Americans in Santa Clara Valley

Ralph explores the history of local Filipino Americans.

Reading Lists

Fun and fresh AAPI reading lists curated by SJPL Staff.

Staff Picks

Staff Insights

Enjoy these AAPI-focused blog posts, including booklists and volunteer spotlights.


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