Recap CHPL’s Monthlong Celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage

Written by Joe Armstrong, Content Specialist, Marketing, Downtown Main Library

Throughout May, CHPL joined Asianati, opens a new window and the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati, opens a new window to provide events, resources, materials, and more celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. Recap this month’s celebrations with video recordings, stories from partner organizations, and discussions complete with suggested readings as we continue to recognize AAPI heritage all year long.

The Experiences of Asian American Women

Just 62% of all hate incidents nationwide are reported by Asian American women. A panel discussion hosted online by CHPL and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (GCCCEA) on May 21 explored the migration history and popular perceptions of Asian women, hate incidents against this group, and ways to combat stereotypes, and racism, and misogyny.

View a recording with panelists Felicity Tao, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, GCCCEA, Professor Judy Wu from University of California, Irvine, Maki Somosot, Communications & Narrative Director, Ohio Organizing Collaborative and co-lead of the Kaarawan Filipinx caucus of OPAWL—Building AAPI Feminist Leadership, and Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval.

Love Has No Borders

Storytellers impacted by the U.S. immigration system shared their experiences using photography, video, poetry, and more at the Deer Park Branch Library on May 17. Love Has No Borders, presented by Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL), opens a new window aims to uplift Ohio immigration narratives, build solidarity between immigrant communities of all different backgrounds, and disrupt harmful, false narratives related to immigration. View some of the stories shared at the event, opens a new window from OPAWL.

Dragon Ladies, Michelle Yeoh, and Being First: What AAPI Feminism Means to Us

In the context of the Asian American experience, what does feminism mean? Two Asian American women—Sulin, born in the U.S., and Maki who immigrated as a teen—both leaders in community spaces, spoke about what feminism means in the context of their Asian American experience. Read the entire discussion on our blog, opens a new window.

The Journey of a Young Asian American Woman

Listen to the journey of living in a multicultural society while balancing cultural heritage in this interview between Felicity Tao and Lillian Wang, Youth Group Leader in the GCCCEA. In this discussion Felicity and Lillian explore the topics of culture identity, growing up as an Asian American, and more. 

Read one book Lillian recommends in the interview, Portrait of a Thief. "This book really tries to present a more accurate, nuanced, and three-dimensional picture of Asian American youth."

Portrait of A Thief

Join us in celebrating Asian Americans throughout the year! Visit, opens a new window for more information on local events, programs, and more.