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AAPI Heritage Month Reader’s Guide

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (also referred to as Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage or AAPI Month); a chance to acknowledge the contribution Asian Americans have made to our culture. And since this is Lulu, the best way we know to thank Asian Americans is to share some books by independent authors that touch on Asian history, their experience in America, and more.

To learn more about AAPI Heritage month, check out the government’s page dedicated to sharing more information.

If you’re ready for some of the best independent authors to examine AAPI Heritage and the lasting impact Asian Americans had had and continue to have, read on!


Tondo, Slavery, & the Revolt of the Lakans

 This is the inaugural issue of “Know Our Roots,” a series of books and zines with notes, doodles, and reflections about history, culture, and everything in between! The “Know Our Roots” book/zine series and the “Color Our Roots” coloring book series aims to help many in their path to decolonize and reconnect with our deeper roots.

Tondo, Slavery, & the Revolt of the Lakans

Korean Americans: A Concise History

Korean Americans: A Concise History tells the untold stories of the pioneering immigrants, the newly discovered tale of the first Koreatown USA, and about the first Korean aviator. The textbook conveys the Korean American experience by highlighting important moments, people, and incidents that define this small community. The book takes readers on a journey starting with the beginning of Korean immigration to the United States, to present-day issues, trends, and identity.

Korean Americans: A Concise History

Documenting Korean Costume

This book is based on the conference held at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University on March 24-25, 2017. “Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations” have invited eleven scholars of dress history and fashion studies to discuss function and meaning of primary sources in Korean dress history. 

Documenting Korean Costume: Primary Sources and New Interpretations

Book Of Hawaiian Prayers 2020

This Prayer Book is compiled by the Council of Elders of the Traditional Hawaiian Healers. The Council is established in Hawaii based on a state law HRS 453-2(c) which is a landmark law that legalizes traditional Hawaiian Healing practices conducted by traditional Hawaiian healers as recognized and certified by this Council.

Book Of Hawaiian Prayers 2020

The Overseas Fabulous Pinay

The Overseas Fabulous Pinay is a comprehensive, easy-to-read and light-hearted handbook written especially for professional Filipino women. Have you ever wondered what it takes for someone to live abroad? If you are moving overseas, do you know how to plan your move? Where do you start?

The Overseas Fabulous Pinay

I SURVIVE 

I Survive (A Filipino teacher’s journey to teaching in the United States) contains remarkable experiences and notable memoirs that will help Filipino teachers and other educators aspire to teach in the United States. This story reminds those born in the United States, just how fortunate they are. This remarkable story of strength and conviction is for anyone wishing to read an inspirational story that brings laughter, tears, and a grateful heart to all who read it.

I SURVIVE

Powell Street Diary

The posthumous diary of award-winning Canadian filmmaker, Jesse Nishihata, the Powell Street Diary portrays life in Vancouver’s Japantown before the Second World War, and the eventual internment of all Japanese-Can adians. It brings to life the history of a complex time, seen through the eyes of a precocious child.

Powell Street Diary

喊 Crying Out

 In the opening weeks of 2020, humankind was confronted with a survival challenge long unmet with in history. Our attention to matters of existence is being monopolized by the ravages of the virus, triggering a complex mix of feelings, especially in the hearts of Chinese people.

喊 Crying Out

Surat Magazine

Multilingual magazine written in pre-Philippine scripts. The first of it’s kind in over 50 years.

Surat Magazine

Symbolizing Obasan

“Symbolizing Obasan” captures the KPU-endowed exhibit featured at Historic Joy Kogawa House. The exhibit’s five ceramics pieces–each based on a symbol from Joy Kogawa’s “Obasan”–are showcased in this companion book. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Historic Joy Kogawa House.

Symbolizing Obasan

Amma’s Cuisine

This Cookbook is a Special Dedication to my mother Vasanthica, who developed into a unique and talented cook as she embraced the flavors of the Western World with the flavors of the Eastern World. The intent of this cookbook is for a global audience. It gives insights into the Sri Lankan culture and cuisine, as well as various flavors of American and International foods.

Amma's Cuisine: Traditional Sri Lankan & International Recipes and Island Wedding Story

At Home with Indian Cookery

As a child, author Sayeeda Akhter became aware of the reputation her family had acquired for producing tasty and distinctive food dishes. The eldest daughter of her large family, she was fortunate to receive regular coaching from her mother on the principles and practice of cooking with spices. In At Home with Indian Cookery,

At Home with Indian Cookery: Over Fifty Authentic Tried and Tested Family Recipes

Further Reading 

Finally, we’ve got some reading from AAPI authors and perspectives. The Smithsonian again has us covered with their BookDragon page, a site dedicated to diverse reading. Look for books from authors of Asian descent and books that explore issues unique to the AAPI community.

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