Because people still do things like this - Halloween 2010, San Francisco

Because people still dress up in coolie hats and buckteeth for Halloween (2010, SF)

Truth be told, I’m a tad bit conflicted about the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month thing? As much as I appreciate the intent behind these kinds of cultural awareness movements, sometimes I kinda feel like this is the, “Okay, I gotta go be Asian now” season as if this is just an exercise of cultural show-and-tell and a pseudo-mandated cultural immersion experience for the rest of you. In 2006 Jeff Yang wrote a great piece about the ambiguous and confusing nature of APA Heritage month.

So . . . I am sending Mr. Jaded McJaderson to his room and  joining in on the festivities.

If nothing else, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month provides an opportunity for a community to share the nuances and complexities of its world and for educators and others to lift up a growing, but often overlooked population in the United States. For Asian Americans the diversity of stories stretches far and wide. From immigrant stories, to historic country of origin relationships, to language, to food, to spirituality, to ideology, and so on and on — the Asian Pacific American experiences is a mish-mash of realities, contradictions and experiences.

So, what to do, what to do? Why, put together a list of resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, of course. In the past I have put together a few different lists of things so this post will be hub through which you can annually get into my head when it comes to gathering resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. I will do my best to update everything each year as new resources are created and made known to me. Please keep in mind that, like any list those who are included are there because I want them to be and in no way am I inferring that these lists are comprehensive. In other words, yes, each list is missing something, so if you want to add to pool, please do!

Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Little Manila is in the Heart book Cover

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READING Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Original Blog Post: Suggested Reading for Pacific American Heritage Month
2014 Addition: Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California (2013) by  Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
2014 Honorable Mention: Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology (2012) by Mihee Kim-Kort
Add your suggestions: Reading list on
See Also: New Books in Asian American Studies

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MOVIE Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Original Blog Post: Movies to Watch for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
2014 Addition: Linsanity: The Movie (2013)
2014 Honorable Mention: Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers  (2014)
Add your suggestions: Movie list on
See Also: Penn State’s Asian American Cinema Page

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Blue Scholars Album CoverMUSIC Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Original Blog Post (2104): Music for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Add your suggestions: Music List on
See Also: 11 Badass Asian Musicians Who Are Shattering Stereotypes

COMING SOON: Bloggers to read  for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

COMING SOON: People to follow on Twitter  for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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