Join the Highline Community College Library in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.
According to the Library of Congress: “May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island)…
“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.”
In addition to punching the railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains, Asian immigrants also helped establish American agriculture in the West, and their children have gone on to success in every other field of endeavor. But the model minority image is a myth, as discrimination persists even today!
We have selected these books, e-books, and videos to provide a variety of factual and literary insights into the lives and experiences that will inform and inspire anyone who cares about our country’s future.
Recommended Reading – May 2011 – Asian Pacific Americans
(compiled by Karen Fernandez and Jonathan Betz-Zall)
The accidental Asian : notes of a native speaker / Eric Liu. 305.8951 L783a 1999
Aiiieeeee! An anthology of Asian-American writers /Edited by Frank Chin [and others]
All I asking for is my body /Milton Murayama
813.54 M972a 1988
Articulate silences : Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa / King-Kok Cheung.
810.99287 C423a 1993
Asian-American authors / [compiled by] Kai-yu Hsu, Helen Palubinskas.
Asian American dreams : the emergence of an American people / Helen Zia.
305.895073 Z64a 2000
Babaylan : an anthology of Filipina and Filipina American writers / Nick Carbó and Eileen Tabios
820.809287 B112 2000
The betrayal of Liliuokalani, last Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917 / Helena G. Allen
Beyond the narrow gate : the journey of four Chinese women from the Middle Kingdom to Middle America / Leslie Chang.
305.488951073 C456b 2000
The Big aiiieeeee! : an anthology of Chinese American and Japanese American literature /edited byJeffery Paul Chan … [et al.].
Bonesetter’s Daughter /Amy Tan
813.6 T161b 2001
Breaking the bamboo ceiling : career strategies for Asians : the essential guide to getting in, moving up, and reaching the top / Jane Hyun
650.140895073 H999b 2005
Chinese women of America : a pictorial history / Judy Yung.
Dogeaters / Jessica Hagedorn.
813.54 H141d 1991
Dragon ladies : Asian American feminists breathe fire / edited by Sonia Shah
305.48 D759 1997
The dream shattered : Vietnamese gangs in America / Patrick Du Phuoc Long
Falling leaves : the true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter / Adeline Yen Mah
305.488951092 M214f 1997
Forbidden workers : illegal Chinese immigrants and American labor / Peter Kwong
331.62 K989f 1997
The four immigrants manga : a Japanese experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924 / Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama
979.461092 K62k 1999
A free life / Ha Jin
813.54 J61f 2007
Fresh blood : the new American immigrants / Sanford J. Ungar
325.73 U571f 1998
A gesture life / Chang-rae Lee.
813.54 L477g 1999
Hmong means free : life in Laos and America / edited and with an introduction by Sucheng Chan
How did this happen here? : Japanese internment camps / Leni Donlan.
940.547273 D684h 2008 New Readers Collection
The hundred secret senses / Amy Tan.
813.54 T161h 1998
Into the fire : Asian American prose / edited by Sylvia Watanabe and Carol Bruchac.
Jasmine / by Bharati Mukherjee
813.54 M953j 1999
Joy Luck Club /Amy Tan
813 T161j 1991
Khmer American : identity and moral education in a diasporic community / Nancy J. Smith-Hefner.
305.895 S649k 1999
Kitchen God’s Wife /Amy Tan
Last witnesses : reflections on the wartime internment of Japanese Americans / edited by Erica Harth
940.547273 L349 2001
Major problems in Asian American history : documents and essays
973.0495 M234 2003
Making more waves : new writing by Asian American women /edited by Elaine H, Kim, Lilia V. Villanueva, and Asian Women United of California
810.809287 M235 1997
Monitored peril : Asian Americans and the politics of TV representation / Darrell Y. Hamamoto.
My year of meats / by Ruth L. Ozeki.
813.54 O99m 1999
The namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri.
813.54 L183n 2003
The new Americans : a guide to immigration since 1965 / edited by Mary C. Waters & Reed Ueda ; with Helen B. Marrow. 2007
325.73 N532 2007
No-no boy / by John Okada.
813.54 O41n 1979
Only what we could carry : the Japanese American internment experience /
940.53089 O58 2000
The Pacific islanders /Douglas Ford
The perfect man : a novel / Naeem Murr.
813.54 M979p 2007
Q & A : queer in Asian America / edited by David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom.
306.766 Q11 1998
Quiet odyssey : a pioneer Korean woman in America / Mary Paik Lee
973.004957 L479q 1990
Remapping Asian American history / edited by Sucheng Chan.
973.0495 R384 2003
Seattle’s other history : our Asian-American heritage / Edward Burke
Shirakawa : stories from a Pacific Northwest Japanese American community / by Stan Flewelling ; foreword by Gordon Hirabayashi.
973.04956 F618s 2002
The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures / Anne Fadiman.
306.461 F145s 1997
Strangers from a different shore : a history of Asian Americans / Ronald Takaki
Strangers in a not-so-strange land: Indian American immigrants in the global age / Arthur W. Helweg
304.873054 H486s 2004
A thousand miles of dreams : the journeys of two Chinese sisters / Sasha Su-Ling Welland.
973.04951 W447t 2007
Turning shadows into light : art and culture of the Northwest’s early Asian/Pacific community / Mayumi Tsutakawa and Alan Chong Lau
Typical American / Gish Jen
813.54 J512t 1992
Unaccustomed earth / Jhumpa Lahiri.
813.54 L183u 2008
Vietnamerica : the war comes home / Thomas A. Bass
Vietnamese feminist poems from antiquity to the present : a bilingual anthology / edited by Nguyễn Thị Minh Hà, Nguyễn Thị Thanh Bình, and Lady Borton ; with an introduction by Lady Borton ; and a foreword by Grace Paley.
895.9221 V666 2007
Voices from Southeast Asia : the refugee experience in the United States / John Tenhula
305.895 T292v 1991
When the emperor was divine : a novel / by Julie Otsuka
813.6 O88w 2003
Yellow : race in America beyond Black and white / Frank H. Wu.
305.895 W959y 2002
Warrior lessons : an Asian American woman’s journey into power / Phoebe Eng.
305.895073 E57w 1999
The woman warrior: memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts/ Maxine Hong Kingston
You make my silence sing! words for people who love / Lonny Kaneko.
811.54 K16y 1989
AfroAsian encounters [electronic resource] : culture, history, politics / edited by Heike Raphael-Hernandez and Shannon Steen ; with a foreword by Vijay Prashad and afterword by Gary Okihiro.
Asian Americans in New England [electronic resource] : culture and community / edited by Monica Chiu.
Asian American assimilation ethnicity, immigration, and socioeconomic attainment / Le, C. N.(Cuong Nguyen)
Asian North American identities [electronic resource] : beyond the hyphen / edited by Eleanor Ty and Donald C. Goellnicht.
Building diaspora [electronic resource] : Filipino community formation on the Internet / Emily Noelle Ignacio.
Chains of Babylon [electronic resource] : the rise of Asian America / Daryl J. Maeda.
Chinese American voices [electronic resource] : from the gold rush to the present / edited with introductions by Judy Yung, Gordon H. Chang, and Him Mark Lai. 2006
A feeling of belonging [electronic resource] : Asian American women’s public culture, / Shirley Jennifer Lim.
God’s new whiz kids? [electronic resource] : Korean American evangelicals on campus / Rebecca Y. Kim. 2006
Model-minority imperialism [electronic resource] / Victor Bascara. 2006
New cosmopolitanisms [electronic resource] : South Asians in the US / edited by Gita Rajan & Shailja Sharma.
Positively no Filipinos allowed [electronic resource] : building communities and discourse / edited by Antonio T. Tiongson, Jr., Edgardo V. Gutierrez, and Ricardo V. Gutierrez ; foreword by Lisa Lowe.
Pure beauty [electronic resource] : judging race in Japanese American beauty pageants / Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain. 2006
Race & resistance [electronic resource] : literature & politics in Asian America / Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Nisei linguists : Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II / by James C. McNaughton. D 101.2:N 63 2006 Government Documents
Ancestors in the Americas [videorecording] : Chinese in the frontier West : an American story / producer, director, writer, Loni Ding. 325.73 A538c 1998
Becoming American [videorecording] : personal journeys. A conversation with Gish Jen.
973.04951 B398p 2003
Becoming American [videorecording] : personal journeys. A conversation with Shirley Young /
973.04951 B398p 2003
Blue collar and Buddha [videorecording] : a documentary (Laotian Americans) / by Taggart Siegel ; produced by Kati Johnston and Taggart Siegel ; directed by Taggart Siegel ; narration written by Charles Hallisey and Ajaan Xamonhpry Per. 1993
303.482 B658 1993
Dim sum [videorecording] / a film by Wayne Wang
791.4372 D582 2006
Hold your breath [videorecording] / directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen ; producers, Maren Grainger-Monsen writer, Olivia Crawford. 2005
610.696 H726 2005
In search of no-no boy [videorecording] : classroom edition / Resisters.com Productions. 2007
813.54 I35 2007
The namesake [videorecording]
791.4372 N1746 2007
Omai Fa’atasi [videorecording] : Samoa mo Samoa / produced by Visual Communications. 1974
303.482 O54 1995
Picture bride [videorecording] 791.4372 P611 2004
791.4372 P611 2004
Monkey dance [videorecording] / a film by Julie Mallozzi (Cambodian Americans)
305.895073 M745 2005
Most honorable son [videorecording] Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2007.
940.5404092 K96 2007
Red white blue November: a film by Saidah Said & Sapana Sakya (about Hmong Americans)
959.4 R312 1995
Voices of challenge [videorecording] : Hmong women in transition
305.906914 V889 1999
Who Killed Vincent Chin? [videorecording]
305.8951 W628 1988
Streaming Videos from Films on Demand
Angel island [electronic resource] : story of Chinese immigration / MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. 2000
From a different shore [electronic resource] : Japanese-American experience / Open University.
The Slanted screen [electronic resource] : Asian men in film and television / Smiley Film Distribution & World Sales