Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month
As NAB celebrates AAPI Heritage Month this year, we’re highlighting some new (and not-so-new) titles by Asian and Asian-American writers. These authors are writing into spaces of joy and resilience—finding, building, and being refuge to each other and the world at large. They’re reading the stars through fresh and radically re-envisioned lenses, developing tools for multiracial families, and reimagining embodied approaches to movement.
We celebrate this year’s AAPI Heritage Month amid profound anti-Asian racism, violence, and xenophobia. Against this backdrop of hate, we recognize, too, the layers of community, culture, activism, history, and everyday joy that fuel and sustain organizations like the ones below—that nourish communities, movements, and families, that inspire the voices and stories we need to hear, and that are endlessly vital to us all.
Here in the Bay Area, where most of us at NAB live and work, one story of 2021 was the fight—supported by Be the Refuge author Chenxing Han and others—to save the beloved South/Southeast Asia Library at UC Berkeley. Representing works from 19 countries in more than 30 languages, S/SEAL was at risk of closure after decades of scholarship and community-building. After an outpouring of support, the Library was saved, with more than 20,000 people and organizations signing on.
In that spirit, we encourage you to support your own local AAPI-run organizations and cultural hubs. Some close to us here in the Bay are:
- Oakland Asian Cultural Center
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
- Compassion in Oakland
- Asian Art Museum
- Asian Pacific Fund
When browsing or buying books, here’s a list of AAPI-owned bookstores you can support. And if you’re nearby, we recommend checking out local bookseller Eastwind Books of Berkeley, which is just up the road from the NAB offices.
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