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Weekend Recs: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. This new, relevant, and thought-provoking content will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

This week’s installment of Weekend Recs is courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Annie will be back in a few weeks with new summer recommendations—Stay tuned! 

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month—Celebrating the “histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.” This month was selected to commemorate AAPI heritage as the first Japanese immigrants migrated to the United States on May 7, 1842. The transcontinental railroad was also completed on May 10, 1869—the majority of the construction completed by thousands of Chinese immigrants.

As we celebrate the heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, we must combat continued racism against the AAPI community. Falvey Library condemns anti-Asian racial discrimination and violence. We stand with the AAPI members of our Villanova community and all AAPI members in solidarity.

Cover of the novel "Crying in H Mart."

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House.

No list of this nature could ever be comprehensive, but we hope you explore some of the links below this weekend:

If you have 5 minutes…Read my article on AAPI resources available at Falvey Library.

If you have 22-30 minutes…Stream an episode of Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s show “Never Have I Ever.”

If you have 54 minutes and 11 secondsWatch an episode of PBS’ documentary series on the history of Asian Americans.

If you have 57 minutesListen to an episode of the “Time To Say Goodbye” podcast. Andy B. Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University, started the podcast with journalists Jay Caspian Kang and Tammy Kim. (Note: Dr. Liu left the podcast in 2022).

Bonus: Explore some of Dr. Liu’s work:

If you have 2 hours and 19 minutesStream Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Oscar-winning film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

If you have 4 hours…Read Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (available at Falvey Library).

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.






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