Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian-Pacific American
Tomorrow marks the first of May and the start of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Congress passed a joint congressional resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.  

It has expanded to Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992, after then-President George H.W. Bush signed an extension and it was made into law. 

In honor of Asian-Pacific Americans, May is a great month to come to Petworth Neighborhood Library and discover some great novels. 
A Good Fall is a great place to start. 

In his newest collection of short stories, Ha Jin explores the nature of displacement and the unease with which Chinese immigrants in the United States experience their new country.

Jin, a National Book Award winner, has also published poetry, a number of other novels, including the award-winning novel Waiting, published in 1999.


AGestureLife
A Gesture Life, a novel by Chang-rae Lee, takes a different tack.

The novel showcases a taut, suspenseful story tackles love, family and community, and the secrets we all harbor.

It focuses on a Japanese-American pharmacist named "Doc" Hata, a proper man and an upstanding citizen who comes to epitomize the decorous values of his New York suburban town. 


And for a change of pace and a bit of crime-scene drama, Tess Gerritsen's The Silent Girl, another entry in the Rizzoli and Isles series.

Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams.

The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both.