Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) highlights Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture through a diverse array of free, public programs and events for all ages throughout the month of May in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. LBPL also hosts and co-sponsors FAB (Festival of AAPI Books) Long Beach, an annual celebration featuring children's, young adult, and adult authors, vendors, performers, and more, from across the Asian diaspora.
Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl by Judie Kagawa
Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto
Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong
This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with your favorite AAPI characters and creators, all in one place, with Hoopla!
Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures are rich in great food, beautiful traditions and clothing, and—of course—diverse and interesting languages! Mango Languages offers several Asia-Pacific language courses including: Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Tamil, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Javanese, Thai, Malayalam, and Vietnamese.
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United Cambodian Community (UCC)
UCC provides culturally competent social services to the Cambodian community in Long Beach, home of Cambodia Town, the largest population of Cambodians in the nation. UCC was established in 1977 by a small group of Cambodian refugees to integrate Cambodian immigrants into Long Beach by providing housing, economic, and benefit enrollment support. Since then, UCC has developed into a multi-service agency providing youth development, workforce development, gang prevention, and mental health services.
Khmer Girls in Action
Khmer Girls in Action’s mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for racial, gender, and economic justice led by Southeast Asian women and youth. The Khmer Girls in Action work to build a safe, healthy and just world where all people are free from oppression and are able to determine their lives and communities.
Cambodian Association of America
The Cambodian Association of America (CAA) is the oldest and largest Cambodian organization in the United States. The organization has been instrumental in establishing the Cambodian community in Long Beach and promoting small businesses along the Anaheim and Atlantic corridors, an area known to many as “Cambodia Town.”
Filipino Migrant Center
The Filipino Migrant Center (FMC) was founded to address the needs of Filipinos in the South Bay cities of Southern California and has since expanded to serve throughout the entire region. FMC is a Filipino immigrant-led organization who aims to educate, organize, and mobilize low-income, working class Filipino families.
Hmong Association of Long Beach
The Hmong Association of Long Beach was founded as a Mutual Assistance Organization to serve the growing Hmong refugees immigrating from Southeast Asia. Today, with little to no influx of new Hmong refugees from Southeast Asia, the Hmong Association's main mission is to help preserve their rich cultural heritage and pass it on to the next generation, inspiring the youths to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.
Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center
The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center (LBJCC) has served the Long Beach and Harbor areas for over 65 years. LBJCC's mission is to be the resource for civic events and artifacts, in addition to preserving the the legacy of timeless cultural traditions. They host accessible, quality instruction in various Japanese cultural and visual arts instruction, as well as Japanese language classes, events and activities for the benefit of citizens of all ages, ethnicities, and religious affiliations.
Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS)
Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS) is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit community-based organization that works with the AAPI population while serving thousands of low-income children, adults, and families from many ethnicities and cultures. Their services encompass all age groups and are offered in various languages.
Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum
The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) is the first museum dedicated to Pacific Island art and culture in the US. The mission of the museum is to incorporate the diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands, with a focus on Micronesia, into a permanent collection, educational programs, rotating exhibits, and living arts.
Featured Authors at FAB Long Beach
Julie Abe • Tracy Badua • Melissa Chadburn• Cathy Linh Che • Sheila Darcey • Arthur Kayzakian • Jessica Kim • Naz Kutub • Kien Lam • Minh Lê • Jayci Lee • Stacey Lee • James Fujinami Moore • Doua Moua • Alan Nakagawa • Diana Khoi Nguyen • Suzanne Park • Shiho Pate • Angela Peñaredondo • Christian Perfas • LeUyen Pham • Rod Pulido • Michelle Quach • Albert Samaha • Sehba Sarwar • Kiri Schwiethale • Benson Shum • Belinda Huijuan Tang • Julie Tieu • Jane Wong • Nancy Lynée Woo • Kyle Lucia Wu • Jeff Yang • Paula Yoo • Phil Yu