May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is designated as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month. In 2021, it was previously known as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. It started when Jeanie Jew, a Capitol Hill staffer, shared the idea with Rep. Frank Horton who introduced the legislation in 1992.

City Tech and the Library will be celebrating AANHPI Month in various ways. On Thursday, May 2nd, there will be a panel discussion how to combat Anti-Asian hate at the Academic Complex, Rm. A105 at 2:00PM. According to Stop AAPI Hate, there have been over 11,000 reported instances of violence against Asian Americans since 2020. Learn more about the panel.

The library will also host weekly films to celebrate the month from the library’s collection in the Multimedia Screening and Meeting Space:

Thursday, May 9, 2:30PM – Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond Parts 1 & 2 (58 minute runtime)
A series of short PBS documentaries that highlight Asian American life and experiences

Thursday, May 16, 2:30PMRising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March (54 minute runtime)
“Following the aftermath of the March 2021 mass shootings at three spas in Atlanta, this film chronicles how the Asian American community came together to fight back against hate.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2:30PM Breaking the Model: Asian American Shorts Collection “Breaking the Model: Stories of Asian American History and Presence brings together four different short documentaries exploring immigration, genealogy, gentrification and resilience within America.”

Can’t make the screenings? You can access these through the library’s subscription to Alexander Video Online (AVON).

For more information, contact Prof. Junior Tidal –