Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander History and Cultural Heritage

Overview

Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander History and Cultural Heritage

In June 1977, United States House Representatives Norman Mineta and Frank Horton introduced a resolution proclaiming that the first 10 days of May should be designated as Asian Pacific Heritage Week. 13 years later, the United States designated the entire month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, commemorating the rich history and cultural legacy of our Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. AAPI identity is globally and culturally diverse. LIS professionals continue to play a significant role in addressing a range of information needs and advocacy work. (source: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month)

EDI Symposium: An Authentic Lense

2022 Events

An Authentic Lens: Understanding and Supporting the Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Community
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Heidi KimAlan ShohoGayathri Kanth

Michael Lambert

Nancy Kim PhillipsJeanette Contreras

Patty Wong

Symposia

In May 2022, the SJSU iSchool hosted a symposium for National Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month titled, “An Authentic Lens: Understanding and Supporting the Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Community.” The symposium opened with a keynote address by 2021-2022 ALA President Patty Wong. Following the keynote presentation, symposium panelists shared their thoughts on the diverse needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

Library and Information Science Best Practices

Best Practices from “An Authentic Lens: Understanding and Supporting the Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Community”:

  • There are so many communities within the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community that carry their own unique histories and cultures.
  • Create more seats at the table for BIPOC to have their voices heard. 
  • Provide specific resources that are tailored for your local community groups, rather than lumping people’s experiences into a singular collective. 
  • Actively challenge stereotypes and unconscious biases in the library.

Community Profiles

Joy Kim

Professional Associations

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association

Bibliography

Videos