Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

It's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we're excited to celebrate AAPI contributions to our nation's history and culture.

Check out our booklists for adults, young adults, and children, join us for our virtual and in-person programs, and more.

Queens Memory: Podcast and Cultural Programs

AAPI Books: Adult Fiction

AAPI Books: Adult Nonfiction

AAPI Books: Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

AAPI Books: Children's Fiction

AAPI Books: Children's Nonfiction

More AAPI Cultural Programs

AAPI Resources


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022: Queens Memory Podcast

Queens Memory Podcast: "Our Major Minor Voices"

Season 3 of the Queens Memory Podcast features stories from our neighbors of Asian descent living here in Queens, in their own voices.

New episodes premiere every Monday at, and you can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Podcast Addict, and other major podcast platforms.

Each episode will be followed by virtual cultural programs on Tuesdays and in-person listening parties on Thursdays.

Season 3 of the Queens Memory Podcast and its cultural programs have been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Queens Memory Podcast Cultural Programs (click on each title for more information)

Celebrate Eid with Pakistani Music
Tuesday, May 3, 6pm, Facebook Live (watch the replay)

What Gets Lost in Translation: Episode 4 Listening Party
Thursday, May 5, 6:30pm, Fresh Meadows Library

Experience the Richness and Diversity: Virtual Chinese Music Concert
Tuesday, May 10, 6pm, Facebook Live (watch the replay)

Invisible Homeless: Episode 5 Listening Party
Thursday, May 12, 6pm, Elmhurst Library

Confronting Stereotypes Through Artmaking
Tuesday, May 17, 6pm, Facebook Live (watch the replay)

Seeing Signs: Episode 6 Listening Party
Thursday, May 19, 6pm, Woodside Library

Tibetan Artist Techung Performs Traditional Tibetan Music: Nangma and Töshay
Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm, Facebook Live

Mother Tongue: Episode 7 Listening Party
Thursday, May 26, 7pm, Elmhurst Library

From Bollywood to Bhangra Beats featuring DJ Rekha: A Live Virtual Presentation
Tuesday, May 31, 5:30pm, Virtual

Looking Ahead: Episode 8 Listening Party
Thursday, June 2, 6pm, Jackson Heights Library


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AAPI Booklists

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022: Adult Fiction

Adult Fiction

The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed Masood

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong


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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022: Adult Noniction

Adult Nonfiction

Eat a Peach by David Chang

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kang

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen

Fairest by Meredith Talusan

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Rise by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, and Philip Wang

Crying in H-Mart by Michelle Zauner

Asian American Dreams by Helen Zia


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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022: Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

Young Adult Fiction

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

There's Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park

Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma

Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang


Young Adult Nonfiction

The American Dream? by Shing Yin Khor

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Uprooted by Albert Marrin

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry by Paula Yoo


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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022: Children's Fiction

Children's Fiction

Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

I Am Golden by Eva Chen

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

No Kimchi for Me! by Aram Kim

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca  

Drawn Together by Minh Lê

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis

Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park  

Home is in Between by Mitali Perkins

Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed

Watercress by Andrea Wang

The Dragon Path by Ethan Young


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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022: Children's Nonfiction

Children's Nonfiction

Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin

Seven Voyages: How China's Treasure Fleet Conquered the Sea by Laurence Bergreen

The Rise (and Falls) of Jackie Chan by Kristen Mai Giang

King Sejong Invents an Alphabet by Carol Kim

The Story of Olympic Diver Sammy Lee by Paula Yoo

Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma by Joanna Ho

Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites by Jamie Michaka & Debbi Michiko Florence

Mother Goose Goes to India by Kabir Sehgal

Between Two Worlds: The Art and Life of Amrita Sher-Gil by Meera Sriram

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

Tu Youyou's Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria by Songju Ma Daemicke

Desert Diary: Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire by Michael O. Tunnell

Dear America: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson

From the Tops of Trees by Kao Kalia Yang


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Cultural Programs

click on each title for more information

Awakening the Japanese American Archives Through Art and Writing
Wednesday, May 4, 7pm, Virtual

A Musical Event Celebrating 75 Years of India’s Independence with Sanjukta Sen
Tuesday, May 10, 11am, Virtual

Hao Bang Ah! Tiger! Puppet Show
Friday, May 13, 4pm, Facebook Live/YouTube Live

Celebrate Eid and Make Rasgulla
Saturday, May 14, 1pm, Virtual

The Real and the Serial in Zhang Leping’s "Wandering Life of Sanmao" (1947-1948)
Saturday, May 14, 8pm, Virtual

Where In the World? Food!
Monday, May 16, 3:30pm, Richmond Hill Library

Immigration Law: Know Your Rights (in English and Nepali)
Monday, May 16, 5:15pm, Facebook Live

Know Your Rights and Bystander Intervention Techniques
Wednesday, May 18, 4pm, Lefferts Library

Mehndi Hands
Thursday, May 19, 3:30pm, Arverne Library

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Korean Culture and Music
Thursday, May 19, 5pm, Facebook Live

Asian American Writers in Conversation
Thursday, May 19, 6pm, Virtual

Shadow Puppet Performance: “Tiger Tales”
Friday, May 20, 4pm, Facebook Live/YouTube Live

Celebrate Eid: Henna Hand Painting Workshop with Anowara Ahmed
Saturday, May 21, 1pm, Virtual

The Keyaki Tree: Shadow Puppet Theatre
Monday, May 23, 3pm, Virtual

Talking Drums with Brian Adler
Wednesday, May 25, 4pm, Facebook Live/YouTube Live

Mahiwaga: Magical Stories, Dance, and Kulintang Music
Thursday, May 26, 6pm, Facebook Live

Literary Thursdays: Soon Wiley, Author of "When We Fell Apart"
Thursday, May 26, 4pm, Virtual


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AAPI Resources

Stop AAPI Hate
Resources and how to report hate incidents.

Stop Asian Hate Toolkit
A toolkit for addressing anti-Asian bias, discrimination, and hate.

Right to Be (formally Hollaback)
A key organization who creates Bystander Intervention Trainings to teach people how to stop harassment.

Asian Mental Health Collective
Mental Health resources for Asian communities worldwide.

Chinese American Planning Council
CPC’s mission is to promote the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities.

Heart of Dinner
A volunteer organization that helps deliver care packages and meals to Asian elders.

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York
This organization serves as a bridge for Korean immigrants and the wider Asian community to fully integrate into society and overcome any economic, health, and linguistic barriers.

SAYA (South Asian Youth Action)
SAYA aims to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally, and personally.

South Asian Council for Social Services
This organization empowers underserved South Asians and other immigrants and integrates them into the civic and economic life of New York.


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