Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

Every May, EA celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This month-long observance recognizes and honors the historical and cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the United States. It is celebrated in May because it commemorates two events: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, largely built by Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.

Join the celebration! View the resources below, including a list of upcoming virtual and in-person events curated by EA Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ayinde Tate.

EA Libraries Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

The EA Libraries have put together a collection of books available in the M. Turner Family Library and the Roger Annenberg Memorial Library to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander voices, histories, and stories.

US Chapel – AASU: The Light of History

Watch the US Chapel on Tuesday, May 3, featuring students who are part of the Asian American Student Union (AASU), a club that allows our Asian American students to bring their authentic selves to conversations around culture, history, and current events. Members of the AASU spoke on the topic of "The Light of History" and shared their findings on specific parts of Asian American and Pacific Islander history that they researched as part of their American History term papers.

Upcoming events:

Philadelphia Arab Community Day - Penn Treaty Park (5/7/22, 12-5 p.m.) - Register

Join Al-Bustan and Philadelphia Arabs for their annual Arab Community Day. There will be food trucks, arts and crafts activities, government resources, music, and more!

Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story - Crane Chinatown (5/18/22, 6-8 p.m.) - Register

The Philadelphia-area chapter of Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA Philly) invites you to attend our upcoming live panel event based on the series WHYY Special, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story. This live panel discussion will include those who helped realize the show as well as some of the guests featured in the series.

Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) May Town Hall: NYC - PHL - Virtual (5/19/22, 6:30 p.m.) - Register

As part of their virtual Town Hall series, A4 will bring together artists of all disciplines, creatives, programmers, and more to foster new collaborations, networking, and idea-sharing. Learn about the diverse and exciting creative arts projects and opportunities coming out of the Asian American communities during A4's signature Town Hall's rapid-fire line-up of 60-second pitches.