AAPI Month


May is rich in reasons to rejoice, including  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – an annual tribute to the many cultural and historical contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders to the diverse tapestry of  the United States.  In  common with the other commemorative months, the yearly celebration originated in Congress. In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450, which  designated May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month of May was specifically chosen because it coincides with two historic events: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843;  and, the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, a feat largely achieved through the back breaking labor of 20,000 Chinese immigrants. The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced that the theme for the May 2023 observance is “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity.”  Click here to learn more about FAPAC and the annual theme; click here to learn more about the history of the celebration; and click on the book jackets below to be taken to links in our catalog.  



Books for Adults

For recommended reading for adults visit: bit.ly/3LboeUC

Books for Teens

For recommended reading for teens visit: bit.ly/3HohykL

Books for Children

For recommended reading for children visit: bit.ly/3LHdPl8


Scarsdale Goes to Korea

On July 4th, 1959, Scarsdale celebrated Independence Day with a huge fundraiser for the American Korean Foundation, an organization established in 1952 to raise money for orphans and other displaced Koreans. Scarsdale sent many of its sons to Korea, both during and after the Korean War. Six never returned. After the War ended in 1953, fundraising efforts for Korea ramped up because of a few prominent Scarsdalians who had connections to the American Korean Foundation. These efforts culminated in the 1959 festivities, which raised over $22,000 net. The organizers left behind two scrapbooks documenting their efforts, from which we can get a clear picture of their thoughts and intentions. This exhibit, in honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, sheds light on Scarsdale's unique connection with Korea during the 1950s. It will be on display in the Local History Center for the month of May.

Visit the Local History room to view in person.

View exhibit here: Video


Kanopy Films

To enjoy films curated by kanopy for AAPI month, visit: bit.ly/42flYCv

Hoopla Titles

For a list of titles available through the hoopla app visit: bit.ly/3LpGauI


AAPI Month from the History Channel

PBS celebrates AAPI month

AAPI month at asianpacificheritage.gov