May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. To celebrate the AAPI community during the month of May and beyond, we’ve put together free virtual programming and activities; as well as a resource guide that recognizes AAPI achievements and contributions and addresses anti-Asian hate. We hope that the following programming and resources will celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans, provide historical context, and offer an avenue for reporting crimes and opening discussions about racism.
A Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
This month’s Documentary Film Discussion event on May 27 will focus on the film "Aoki, an Asian American Black Panther" (event is full).
- Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Creators
- Asian Teens in YA: Books for Young Adults
- Celebrate Asian & Pacific Heritage: Picture Books
- Celebrate Asian & Pacific Heritage: Juvenile Fiction
- Learn About Asian & Pacific Heritage: Nonfiction Books for Kids
- Asian Stories and Experiences: Hoopla eBooks
- Asian Stories and Experiences: Hoopla eAudiobooks
A report on the history of discrimination against Chinese Americans in Sonoma County.
An article discusses the origins of the term “Asian American” and how it came about from the struggles of the Black Power Movement, anti-war movement, and American Indian Movements.
Within Asian American Studies and Gender Studies, there has been discussion around the hyper-sexualization of Asian women as an example of racialized gender.
California community resources collected by the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.
If you encounter a hate incident you can report it here.
A collection of anti-Asian violence resources.
A free online picture book about anti-Asian racism and COVID-19. It was written with Asian American children in mind, but can be read by children and parents of any background.
Information from the Asian Mental Health Collective.
An Asian American K-12 resource: Confronting Xenophobia and Supporting Asian and Asian/Pacific American Communities during COVID-19.
You may also choose to use the hashtag #StopAsianHate when sharing resources on your personal social media.
The Sonoma County Library opposes the recent acts of violence against people of Asian descent and the ongoing discrimination and hate crimes that are a result of a legacy of systemic racism. The library is on record opposing bigotry and intolerance, and supporting equity diversity and inclusion. See our statement on racism and social equity here.