May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

2022 Event Highlights

Author Discussion Panel

May 2

Memory, Experience & Imagination in Works of Lao & Hmong American Authors
This event provides a unique forum for Lao and Hmong American authors to discuss their work and intellectual endeavors. The writers, Kao Kalia Yang, Bryan Thao Worra and Thavisouk Phrasavath will reflect on their work before joining a larger conversation with the audience.

(Library of Congress)

Online Concert

May 4

Herb Ohta Jr. | 'Ukulele Virtuoso from Hawai'i
International recording artist Herb Ohta, Jr., is one of today's most prolific 'ukulele masters. Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, as well as traditional Hawaiian sounds, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument.

This concert will stream on the Library of Congress YouTube channel

(Library of Congress)

Virtual Children's Workshop

May 4

Young Portrait Explorers - Lili'uokalani
Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3- 6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history and more! This thirty-minute program, featuring a portrait of Lili'uokalani, incorporates close looking at portraiture, movement, and art-making.

Free tickets, registration required

(National Portrait Gallery--Smithsonian Institution)

Book Talk

May 4

Patsy Takemoto Mink, First Woman of Color in Congress
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu and Gwendolyn Mink join us to discuss their new biography of Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink, “Fierce and Fearless: Patsy Takemoto Mink, First Woman of Color in Congress.” The book provides vivid details of how trailblazer Patsy Mink changed the future of American politics.

(Library of Congress)

Online Event

May 10

Food for the Body and Soul: Advocating for Community through Culinary Traditions
Drawing from the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum's new exhibition, "Food for the People: Eating and Activism in Greater Washington," this free spring series of virtual cooking demonstrations and conversations features women chefs in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Chef Janet Yu, owner of Hollywood East Café in Wheaton, Maryland, shares stories and prepares recipes from her home kitchen that draw upon her family's Chinese heritage.

Free streaming presentation; registration required

(Smithsonian Institution)

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National Gallery of Art Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution National Archives United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Park Service National Endowment for the Humanities