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.

2023 Event Highlights


May 1—14

National Museum of Asian Art
The National Museum of Asian Art’s centennial will culminate in a two-week festival celebrating Asian art and cultures of the past, present, and future. May 1–14, 2023, the museum and its surroundings on and near the National Mall will be activated by keynote speakers, headline performers, interactive experiences, culinary adventures, and community projects.

(Smithsonian Institution) 

Special Display

May 2

Celebrating the Art and Literature of Jade Snow Wong (1922–2006)
This display highlights Jade Snow Wong, the noted Chinese American author and ceramist. Wong was born in 1922, one of nine children of an immigrant family in San Francisco's Chinatown. While family pressure pushed her to prepare for the “traditional roles” of wife and mother, Wong pursued higher education at Mills College in Oakland, California where she developed a great talent for ceramic arts.

(Library of Congress)

Online Event 

May 2

Identity and Culture in the Digital Age
Join us for a panel discussion with trailblazing AANHPI DMV-based content creators as they reflect on how identity and culture influence their digital content creation and messaging to a global network of followers. Learn how they use their platforms to raise awareness around social issues and introduce people to different cultures. Featured panelists include Linh Truong, Amjaad Al-Hussain, and more.

(National Portrait Gallery--Smithsonian Institution)


May 3

From China To Appalachia, concert featuring Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Chao Tian
Grammy Award winning American Roots artists Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (guitars, gourd banjo, five-string banjo, ukulele, cello-banjo and mandolin) join with Chao Tian, who plays Chinese classical hammered dulcimer (yangqin), in a show that features music from China to Appalachia and beyond.

(Homegrown Concert Series—Library of Congress)

Online Event

May 6

Youth In Action: What the Youth Can Do (Hoʻolale I Ka ʻai A Ka Uʻi)
“Hoʻolale i ka ʻai a ka uʻi” is a Hawaiian proverb that roughly translates to “what the youth can do.” This special Youth In Action program was filmed in Hawaiʻi and showcases what Native Hawaiian youth are doing to protect their traditions. The program has four segments: voyaging and wayfinding, hula as resistance, heiau (sacred space) restoration, and food sovereignty.

(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