Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
This May, the Norfolk Public Library (NPL) celebrates the culture, traditions and history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Special events will be offered at all NPL locations throughout the City of Norfolk as part of the Library’s annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebration.
Events consist of Polynesian dance workshops, Karate demonstrations, Origami, Chinese Shadow Puppet shows, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a workshop for stress free living from the Art of Living Foundation.
Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
The month of May was chosen by Congress because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.A booklist has been prepared listing titles, videos and websites about Asian-Pacific history and culture for your reading education and enjoyment. Access your booklist and a complete listing of events online at www.npl.lib.va.us/APAHM.