Asian American - Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Ginn Library

This May, we're celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in collaboration with the Fletcher Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Initially celebrated for a week to coincide with the arrival of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, the month acknowledges the struggles, successes, and contributions of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders to the fabric of American Society. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census, 22.2 million people of Asian descent and 1.6 million Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders call the United States home. 

Our staff has recommended some resources from Tufts Libraries (and beyond) that explore the history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Follow @GinnLibrary on Instagram and let us know what you're reading, listening to, and watching to celebrate and reflect on Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 


Hardly War by Don Mee Choi 

Seattle: Wave Books 2016

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng 

New York: Penguin Press 2014 

From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express: A History of Chinese Food in the United States by Haiming Liu 

New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press 2015

Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader edited by Robert Ji-Song Ku, Martin F. Manalansan, and Anit, Mannur 

New York: New York University Press 2013

Inscrutable Belongings: Queer Asian North American Fiction by Stephen Hong Sohn 

Stanford, California: Stanford University Press 2018 

Q&A: Queer in Asian America edited by David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom 

Philadelphia: Temple University Press 1998

Ghostlife of Third Cinema: Asian American Film and Video by Glen M. Mimura 

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2009 

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe 

Seattle: University of Washington Press 2017 

The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History edited by David Yoo and Eiichiro Azuma 

New York, NY: Oxford University Press 2016

Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture by Jennifer Ann Ho 

New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press 2015

Crossing Sidelines, Crossing Cultures: Sport and Asian Pacific American Cultural Citizenship by Joel S. Franks 

Lanham: University Press of America 2000

American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods by Bonnie Tsui 

New York: Free Press 2009

Asian Pacific Americans and Baseball: A History by Joel S. Franks 

Jefferson, N.C.: McGarland & Co. 2008 

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui 

New York: Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of ABRAMS 2017

Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey by Anne Mendelson 

New York: Columbia University Press 2016

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee 

New York: Simon & Schuster 2015 

Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, and Philip Wang.

Illustrated by Julia Kuo 

Boston: Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2022

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 

New York: Penguin Books 2014

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 

New York: Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC 2014

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto 

New York: Berkley 2021

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong 

Random House Publishing Group 2020

Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South by Adrienne Berard 

Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press 2016 

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: a novel by Ocean Vuong 

New York: Penguin Press 2019 

Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa by Marilyn Chase 

San Francisco: Chronicle Books 2020 

Fresh Talk, Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art  by Elaine H. Kim, Margo Machida, and Sharon Mizota 

Berkeley: University of California Press 2003 


The Wedding Banquet (1993), directed by Ang Lee 

Baby Steps (2015), directed by Barney Cheng 

The Namesake (2006), directed by Mira Nair 

Gook (2017), directed by Justin Chon 

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), directed by Justin Lin 

Minari (2020), directed by Lee Isaac Chung 

The Farewell (2019), directed by Lulu Wang 

To Be Takei (2014), directed by Jennifer M. Kroot 

Searching (2018), directed by Aneesh Chaganty 


The database Kanopy has an Asian American film maker collection.

 And an entire AAPI Heritage Month collection on Kanopy. 

And…APA documentaries on Kanopy.

Our PBS collection contains this video series.