Join us for a series of events that uplift Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experiences and voices. Honor and celebrate AAPI literature, art and culture and learn about historical and contemporary personal experiences of being AAPI in America.
Explore our featured booklist with recommendations for kids, teens and adults written by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors.
Reading for Racial Justice: We Are Meant to Rise
Engage in meaningful conversations about books with antiracist themes and build your understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion topics. This month's title is We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World. New members are welcome to join the discussion. Registration required. Geared for adults. A Minnesota Legacy event.
Zoom virtual event
Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Register now.
#MinneAsianStories: Voices & Stories from Minnesota's Asian American Community
Join the Coalition of Asian American Leaders for an evening of storytelling and reflections as part of their #MinneAsianStories storytelling campaign, aimed at uplifting rich and diverse stories from Minnesota's Asian American community and honoring the legacy of storytelling and oral traditions. A Minnesota Legacy program. Recording from Zoom virtual event hosted on May 18, 2021.
Life in a Japanese American Incarceration Camp
Join historian and librarian Sarah Okner to learn about the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese American adults and children during World War II. A descendant of internees herself, Okner's presentation will share photos and details of daily life in the internment camps and talk about the profound effects of living there. A Minnesota Legacy program. Recording from Zoom virtual event hosted on May 10, 2021.
Paula Yoo: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trail that Galvanized the Asian American Movement
Hear Author Paula Yoo discuss her forthcoming book From A Whisper to A Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement. Learn about a pivotal moment in civil rights history when Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, was killed in 1982 as a result of an anti-Asian race-based hate crime and how he became a symbol against hatred and racism, creating a movement that paved the way for the first federal civil rights trial for an Asian American. A Minnesota Legacy program. Recording from Zoom virtual event hosted on May 6, 2021.
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Enjoy a virtual read of the picture book “Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial." This book was written by Jeanne Walker Harvey, Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, and published by Christy Ottaviano Books, part of Henry Holt and Company, an imprint of Macmillan. Geared for ages 3 and older with their caregivers.