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Featured Books

Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us

Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us shares engaging stories of 16 trailblazing Asian-Americans. The stories bring to life Vietnam Memorial architect Maya Lin, Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi, musician Yo-Yo Ma, astronaut Ellison Onizuka, anchorwoman Lisa Ling, activists Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, and more!

Daughters of Haumea

Daughters of Haumea: Women of Ancient Hawai'i Describes women's lives in pre-Western Hawai'i byu looking at the roles played by women in Hawaiian culture.

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging around with his friends--just like lots of other Americans. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast and move to distant prison camps.

I Was Their American Dream

I Was Their American Dream- A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. Malaka Gharib's illustrations, infused with teenage antics and earnest questions about identity and culture, provide thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised.

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Leaving Deep Water

Integrating ethnic identity with American mainstream culture is a complex task, and in Leaving Deep Water, Claire Chow deftly explores the many ways that women of Asian descent have created a place for themselves in modern society.

Creating a Nation with Cloth

Tongan women living outside of their island homeland create and use hand-made, sometimes hybridized, textiles to maintain and rework their cultural traditions in diaspora. Central to these traditions is an ancient concept of homeland or nation-- fonua--which Tongans retain as an anchor for modern nation-building.

Iz: Voice Of The People

IZ: Voice of the People is a portrait in words and over 200 photos of the man behind the music--his childhood, his early year with the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau, his solo career, his personal struggles and successes. It is about fame, but it is also about triumph over adversity and loss; about standing up for the people of Hawai'i at a critical time in their history and inspiring them to demand justice and sovereignty.

Troubling Borders

Juxtaposing short stories, poetry, painting, and photographs, Troubling Borders showcases the creative work of women of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Filipino ancestry. This thematically arranged collection interrupts borders of categorization and gender, in what preface author Shirley Geok-Lin Lim describes as a leap over the barbed fences that have kept these women apart in these, our United States of America.

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2022 Virtual Film Series - Watch Online Now

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Chinatown Rising: what would you do to change your community?

A documentary film about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community's shift in power.

Nice Chinese Girls Don't: Kitty Tsui

A portrait of Kitty Tsui -- an iconic Asian American lesbian, poet, artist, activist, writer, and bodybuilder who came of age in the early days of the Women's Liberation Movement in San Francisco.

The Fall of the I-Hotel

After the Manongs labored to build America, their San Francisco Manilatown community is wiped out by urban renewal, and 50 old-timers are forcibly evicted from the International Hotel by 300 policemen in the dead of night. Documents the destruction of the last block of Manilatown on Kearny Street.

Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands

Six thousand miles west of California, the Mariana Islands are American territory; but after generations of loyalty, the people of Guam and the Northern Marianas still remain second-class US citizens. 

Out of State

An inside look at the lives of two native Hawaiians sent thousands of miles away from the tropical islands to a private prison in the Arizona desert. In this unlikely setting, David and Hale find a community of other native Hawaiians and discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.

Grace Lee Boggs

American Revolutionary: the evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American writer, activist, and philosopher in Detroit. Rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America's past and its potentially radical future.


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