New Displays: AAPI Heritage, Jewish American Heritage Posted on May 3rd, 2024 by

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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month signAnnouncing new book displays this month!

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month DisplayMay is a time for celebrating and “paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.” The origins of this commemorative month date back to the 95th Congress (1977-1978), and Congress officially designated May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month” in 1992. The month of May was selected to “commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869,” as Chinese immigrant workers laid most of the tracks (

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) DisplayIn April 2006, President George W. Bush declared May as Jewish American Heritage Month, a month that would “recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.” May was selected “due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004, which was organized by the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History” (

You can find the displays in the Hasselquist Room on the Library’s main floor.

Highlights: Recent acquisitions for AANHPI Heritage Month
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Front cover image for Cooling the tropics : ice, indigeneity, and Hawaiian refreshment

Front cover image for Memory pieceFront cover image for From from : poems

Front cover image for Our voices, our histories : Asian American and Pacific Islander womenFront cover image for Daughter of the dragon : Anna May Wong's rendezvous with American history

Cooling the Tropics: Ice, Indigeneity, and Hawaiian Refreshment, by Hiʻilei Julia Hobart. “By outlining how ice shaped Hawai’i’s food system in accordance with racial and environmental imaginaries, Hobart demonstrates that thermal technologies can-and must-be attended to in struggles for food sovereignty and political self-determination in Hawai’i and beyond ” (from the publisher’s description). Call number: HD9999.C683 H3 2023

Memory Piece: A Novel, by Lisa Ko. “Three Asian American teenagers meet in the New York suburbs in the 1980s. Drawn together by their shared sense of alienation from their conventionally domestic immigrant families, each wants to live a meaningful life…” (from the publisher). Call number: PS3611.O135 M46 2024

From From: Poems, by Monica Youn. “A collection of poems reflects the experiences of Asian Americans and the problem of creating an Asian American identity while influenced by Westerners’ ideas about Asians” (from the publisher). Call number: PS3625.O76 A6 2023

Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women, edited by Shirley Hune and Gail Nomura. “An innovative anthology showcasing Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s histories, Our Voices, Our Histories brings together thirty-five Asian American and Pacific Islander authors in a single volume to explore the historical experiences, perspectives, and actions of Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the United States and beyond” (from the publisher). Ebook 2020

Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang. “The story of Anna May Wong, who fought virulent anti-Chinese xenophobia, unabashed sexism, cinematic exploitation and ageism that defined American culture in the 20th century to became Hollywood’s first Chinese American film star” (from the publisher). Call number: PN2287.W56 H83 2023.

Highlights: Recent acquisitions for Jewish American Heritage Month
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Front cover image for Jewish experiences across the Americas : local histories through global lensesJews and Urban LifeFront cover image for The Oxford handbook of Jewishness and danceFront cover image for The Spingarn Brothers : white privilege, Jewish heritage, and the struggle for racial equalityFront cover image for Uncomfortable conversations with a Jew

Jewish Experiences Across the Americas: Local Histories through Global Lenses, edited by Katalin Franciska Rac and Lenny A Ureña Valerio. “This volume explores the local specificities and global forces that shaped Jewish experiences in the Americas across five centuries, illuminating the culturally, religiously, and politically diverse lives of Jewish minorities in the Western Hemisphere” (from the publisher).  Ebook 2022

Jews and Urban Life, by Leonard J. Greenspoon. “Jews and Urban Life recognizes that throughout their long history, Jews have often inhabited cities. The reality of this urban experience ranged from ghetto restrictions to robust participation in a range of civic and social activities” (from the publisher). Ebook 2023

The Oxford Handbook of the Jewishness of Dance, edited by Naomi M. Jackson. “Focusing on North America, Europe, and Israel in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, this Handbook highlights the sometimes surprising, often hidden and overlooked Jewish resonances within a range of styles from modern and postmodern dance to folk dance and flamenco” (from the publisher). Ebook 2022

The Spingarn Brothers: White Privilege, Jewish Heritage, and the Struggle for Racial Equality, by Katherine Reynolds Chaddock. “An absorbing account of how two Jewish brothers devoted themselves to the struggle for racial equality in the United States” (from the publisher). Ebook 2023

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Jew, by Emmanuel Acho and Noa Tishby. “For Emmanuel Acho and Noa Tishby no question about Jews is off-limits. They go there. They cover Jews and money. Jews and power. Jews and privilege. Jews and white privilege. The Black and Jewish struggleAcho and Tishby are united by the core belief that hatred toward one group is never isolated: if you see the smoke of bigotry in one place, expect that we will all be in the fire” (from the publisher). On order

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