May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Use your personal and organizational platforms to amplify the voices of AAPI folks speaking now, and those who have built King County into what it is today. Check out the programs and resources below to get started:
• Facing the Mountain Book Launch Event | May 11, 5:00pm. Join Densho for the official launch of Facing the Mountain, a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown, NYT bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat.
• Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival | June 6-7. The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) proudly presents Pagdiriwang, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence.
• Stop AAPI Hate | Resource center. Report hate crimes, read reports and statistics, and print out Stop AAPI Hate signs for your institution.
• We Hereby Refuse Book Release | May 18. This new graphic novel co-published by the Wing Luke Museum about the complex realities of being Japanese American during World War II presents an original vision of America’s past with disturbing links to the American present.
• Seattle Asian Art Museum Reopening | May 28. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is reopening with limited capacity to members May 7 and to the public on May 28.
Looking for more? Share these articles about unique pieces of local AAPI history:
• A History of Go: The Impact of Korean American Players upon Seattle’s Go Playing Community, Korean American Historical Society.
• Hawaiian Music and its Historic Seattle Connection, HistoryLink.
• Filipino Americans and the Making of Seattle’s Dr. Jose P. Rizal Bridge and Park, Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, University of Washington.
• Lao Highland Community Center opens in Southeast Seattle on May 14, 2005, HistoryLink.
• (More) Stories of Little Saigon: past, present, and future, Friends of Little Sàigòn.
• Ruby Chow (1920-2008), HistoryLink.