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Falvey Memorial Library Shares Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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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.

AAPI Heritage Month was originally a commemorative week, with President Jimmy Carter signing House Joint Resolution 1007 (becoming Public Law 95-419) on October 5, 1978, proclaiming the “7 day period beginning on May 4, 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.'” Congress passed Public Law 101-283 on May 9, 1990, extending the observance to a month, and on Oct. 23, 1992, passed Public Law 102-450 annually designating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

As we celebrate the heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, we must combat continued racism against the AAPI community. In 2021, Stop AAPI Hatereported over 2,800 hate incidents across the United States since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.” 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.

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council selected “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity” as the theme for May 2023. In this spirit, we are happy to share AAPI resources available at Falvey Library. The works listed below are only a snapshot of scholarship on AAPI heritage. No list of this nature could ever be comprehensive, but we hope that this list, will serve as a starting point.

Curated by Jutta Seibert, subject librarian for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Asian Studies research guide and the Chinese Culture research guide are excellent resources. Seibert is available for research consultations.

Asian Studies Research Guide

Academic Journals

Newspapers and Magazines

Primary Sources

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Companions

Books and Book Chapters

Chinese Culture Research Guide 

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Companions

Secondary Sources

Streaming Video

Primary Sources

Be sure to explore scholarship from faculty in Villanova University’s Asian Studies Program:

Andrew B. Liu, Assistant Professor of History

Nathan Badenoch, PhD, Associate Professor of Japanese and Asian Studies

Kayo Shintaku, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor, Coordinator of Japanese Language & Cultural Studies

Davey K. Tomlinson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Qi Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, Area Coordinator, Interpersonal Communication

Jie Xu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Naomi Yamakawa, Japanese Instructor, Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies

For more books and other resources by and about people of Asian-Pacific ancestry check out this blog by Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, and Deborah Bishov published on May 10, 2021.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. This article was originally published May 18, 2022.





Congress, T. L. of, Administration, N. A. and R., Humanities, N. E. for the, Art, N. G. of, Service, N. P., Institution, U. S., & Museum, U. H. M.  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022 (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2022, from

FAPAC – FAPAC Announces Theme for the 2023 Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2023, from

The Rise In Anti-Asian Attacks During The COVID-19 Pandemic. NPR. Retrieved May 9, 2022, from

The story behind Asian Pacific American Heritage, and why it’s celebrated in May. (n.d.). NPR.Org. Retrieved May 9, 2022, from




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