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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 1-31, 2022

This May, LMU honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by celebrating the community on and off the bluff.

Asian Pacific Islander graduates

Honoring the Class of 2022

On Friday, April 29, we honored the achievements of our Asian American and Pacific Islander graduates. We look forward to celebrating all graduates during Commencement Weekend, May 6-8.

Congratulations, Graduates!

 

Alumni Spotlight

Edison Miyawaki

Dr. Edison Miyawaki ’52 Blazed a Trail

Dr. Edison Miyawaki, also known as “Doc,” was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. He returned to Hawaii to finish high school and then was recruited to play baseball at Loyola University (now LMU). Miyawaki is the first and only Japanese American to purchase an ownership interest in a National Football League franchise, as co-owner of the Cincinnati Bengals since 1994.

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Recommended Reads

The librarians and staff of the William H. Hannon Library have curated the following recommended books for learning more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Want to explore more titles? Check out the full list at LMU Library Staff Picks.

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We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants

By Deepa Iyer

An exploration of the role of the state in perpetuating racism through detentions, national registration programs, police profiling, and constant surveillance.

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Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women

By Shirley Hune and Gail M. Nomura

An innovative anthology that brings together 35 authors to explore the historical experience of AAPI women in the United States and beyond.

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The Making of Asian America: A History

By Erika Lee

Tellsthe little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life,from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day.

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Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA

By Nadia Y. Kim

Using a global framework, this book investigateshow Asians from U.S.-dominated homelands learn and understand their place along U.S. color lines.

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If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

By Neel Patel

A collection of eleven short stories, told from the perspective of first-generation Indian Americans, that gives voice to deeply held stereotypes in order to undermine them.

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Good Girls Marry Doctors

By Piyali Bhattacharya

An anthology thatexaminesthe multiple facets of daughterhood in South Asian American families, filled with honest stories, difficult and joyous, heartbreaking and hilarious, from a diverse array of powerful women.

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Flashpoints for Asian American Studies

By Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Acollection which considers the contemporary possibilities of and limitations inherent in Asian American studies as historically entrenched, politically embedded, and institutionally situated interdiscipline. 

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Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics

By Lynn Fujiwara and Shireen Roshanravan

A collection of essays that speak to the relationship between Asian American feminisms, feminist of color work, and transnational feminist scholarship, featuring work by both senior and rising scholars.

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Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America

By Erika Lee & Judy Yung

A comprehensive history of the Angel Island Immigration Station, offering a personal history of Chinese "paper sons," Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Filipino repatriates, and many others from around the world.

Local Events

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Los Angeles through film, art exhibits, and more.

Visit Discover Los Angeles to see more local events.