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The San Francisco Public Library has put together a list of fantastic Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 2020 resource guide that illuminates Asian American stories.

All materials can be accessed for free with a library card. Don’t have a library card? No problem! You can sign up for a temporary one, today.

Featured Book for APIA Month

The Mountains Sing

The Mountains Sing

Book Club: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

The Library has partnered with hoopla Digital to bring you a special APIA/Shelter in Place edition of their On the Same Page city-wide read.

The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Tran Dieu Lan is forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rises in the North. Years later in Hanoi, her young granddaughter, Huong, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Ho Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but also her family, apart.

Vivid, gripping and steeped in the language and traditions of Vietnam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

Book Club: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Thursday, May 21, 2020
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Author Talk: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Saturday, May 23, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am

Reading Lists for Non Fiction Kids Teens Fiction Graphic Novels LGBTQ+

Non Fiction

Fiction

Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels

Kid Picks

Kid Picks

Teen Picks

Teen Picks

LGBTQ+ Books

LGBTQ+ Books

List of Films from CAAM for Adults

Films for Adults

CAAM

Films from CAAM

Upcoming Events Presentation APIA Author Panel Book Club Author Talk

Book Club: World Literature, The Box Man by Kōbō Abe

Presentation: Kristian Kabuay, Pre-Philippine Scripts

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
7:00 – 8:00pm

A brief introduction to Baybayin Calligraphy and discussion of Pre-Philippine Scripts in the Diaspora.

APIA Author Panel: Overcoming Loss of Identity and Trauma

Thursday, May 14, 2020
6:00 – 7:30pm

Authors, Joy Ma, Katya Cengel, Sieu Sean Do will discuss their books, and the common thread which unites them, loss of identity and trauma through cultural violence.

Book Club: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Author Talk: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Saturday, May 23, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am

APIA featured author, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, will discuss her the new novel The Mountain Sing.

The San Francisco Public Library

During Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month, the San Francisco Public Library honors APIA communities and their history and traditions in San Francisco. The Library is proud to share online programs, book clubs, recommendations for timely and inspiring reads and films to engage, honor and learn more about our city’s exceptionally rich heritage, this May and all year long.

Official Celebration

This is the official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for the City and County of San Francisco.