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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture. With a  rich heritage, they have shaped the history of the United States. This commemoration recognizes the challenges faced by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians and their vital contributions to the American story.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Learn more about celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month on CMU's Campus. 

Browse Book Titles Included in the CMU Libraries' Collection:

Selected Titles from the CMU Libraries' Collection:

Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls

American Born Chinese

Anna May Wong: Performing the Modern

Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America

A Big Mooncake for Lttle Star

A Different Pond

Disciplined by Race: Theological Ethics and the Problem of Asian American Identity

Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Front Desk

Japanese American Millennials: Rethinking Generation, Community, and Diversity

Minor Feelings: an Asian American Reckoning

The Name Jar

No Kimchi for Me

The Ocean in the School: an Account of University Transformation by Pacific Islander Students and their Allies

Ocean Passages: Navigating Pacific Islander and Asian American Literatures

Quiet Odyssey: a Pioneer Korean Woman in America

The Refugee Aesthetic: Reimagining Southeast Asian America

The Subject(s) of Human Rights : Crises, Violations, and Asian/American Critique

The State of Race : Asian/American Fiction after World War II

Voices of Asian Americans in Higher Education: Unheard Stories

Where I Have Never Been: Migration, Melancholia, and Memory in Asian American Narratives of Return