Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

May marks the annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and there are many ways to celebrate both on the Kent Campus and in the greater area. Check out some of the planned events below. 

Book Display at Kent State University Library in Honor of May’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Now through May 31.

Please be sure to visit the current book display at the University Library on the Kent Campus that celebrates the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the culture of our state and our nation.  

This display showcases a sample of books that honor the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience in Ohio and across the United States. Consider adding one of these books to your reading list or exploring the library collection for other works by authors of Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage. You can also “Hack the Stacks” to suggest books and materials that could foster the representation of Asian American and Pacific Islander voices and perspectives and enhance the diversity of library holdings.

Cultural Events:  

Cleveland Asian Festival 
May 20-21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
East 27th Street and Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

Anisfield-Wolf Book Summer Seminar: Lan Samantha Chang’s ‘The Family Chao’
This summer, the seminars will center on Lan Samantha Chang’s 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award-winning novel, “The Family Chao.” More information about the novel and the 2023 class of Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners can be found on the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards website

Massillon Museum Events
“Finding Identity: Heritage as Inspiration” exhibition through May 21. Northeast Ohio Asian American artists’ work connects with “Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu.
Keynote presentation with Charles Yu held on April 27 is available on YouTube through May 11.
Asian American Film Screening and more exciting events at Massillon Museum. Learn more here!

Modern Japan – Cleveland Museum of Art
Through June 18

Japan went from being an isolated country operating under a military regime to a country with imperialist ambitions and a representative government almost overnight. Artists who had worked within traditional patronage and workshop systems found themselves competing in a global arena and redefining what it meant to create “Japanese art” in the modern world. Learn more here!

Learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 10:51 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 04:19 PM