It’s almost May! And that means its almost Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! What’s good this month?
- The Smithsonian APA Center has things going on, of course. I’m most excited to commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad May 10 by joining their APA Wikipedia edit-a-thon because I like my secondary research. If you’re more on the content creation than the content curation side of things, maybe you’ll be more interested in joining A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America. Same day, but you record a snapshot of your APA reality and it becomes part of a larger curated exhibit.
- The #WeNeedDiverseBooks group is hosting social medical events May 1, 2, and 3 to talk about why we need diverse books. They cover a range of diverse identities and embodiments beyond APA (i.e. why its so important to have deaf characters in books), but it’s great timing, no? Head to their Tumblr to coordinate your content with theirs across Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook.
- Less than 3% of historic sites represent diversity of American history. You can help save one! Huntington Beach, CA is deciding what to do with a group of Japanese American pioneer buildings, including the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission.
- Watch Boston’s only female Taiko drum corps at the Brookline Matsuri Festival on Saturday May 10. The Genki Spark aims to promote and support the voice and visibility of Asian women while advocating respect for all. In addition to their performance, you can expect several other taiko groups, plenty of food, and kid friendly activities. This is definitely the “heritage” part of the month.
- Watch Iron Road with the Boston Asian American Film Festival. It’s the story of a poor but feisty Chinese woman, disguised as a boy, joins the railroad crew in the Rocky Mountains to search for her long-lost father, and falls in love with the son of the railroad tycoon. If an Asian woman falling in love with a white man who’s part of the community exploiting her people sounds problematic, there’s only one way to confirm– watching it. (That’s actually a terrible argument.) Time and place TBA.
In Other Places
- The LA Asian Film Festival is May 1-11, 2014. As usual, there’s a mix of domestic and international films meant to remember, honor, inspire, and entertain.