Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month at the Libraries

Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month at the Libraries

April 20, 2022

We're proud to join the University of Arizona in celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month throughout April.

In addition to sharing book recommendations, we looked back at some archived materials. 

students posing in front of an American and Filipino flag holding a banner

Go back in time

We kicked off APIDA Heritage Month with a photo from our Special Collections photo collection that was taken about a century ago in the 1920s. 

This group of university students, representing both Arizona and the Philippines, called themselves the 'Phillipinarizonans' of the University of Arizona. 

Discover new (to you) books 

As the premier publisher of academic, regional, and literary works in the state of Arizona, the University of Arizona Press connects scholarship and creative expression to readers worldwide.

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In Dragons in the Land of the CondorIgnacio López-Calvo examines the Chinese influence on Peruvian authors in the 20th and 21st century. 

Musui’s Story by Katsu Kokichi is an autobiography of a samurai and perspectives on Japanese society.

David G. Mandelbaum discusses sex roles in north India, Bangledesh and Pakistan and why they are important to so many people in Women’s Seclusion and Men's Honor.

Gender, Law, and Resistance in India by Erin Moore details the life of a Muslim family the author has known for 20 years, and the women within their culture attempting to resist the patriarchy.

The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940 by Robert Chao Romero is about Chinese immigration during the late 1800s and early 1900s. It captures individual stories and details the immigrants’ contributions to Mexican economic development.

Scroll through a digitized yearbook  

If you were a student here 25 years ago, this one is just for you.

We scrolled through the 1997 University of Arizona yearbook and found several stories and photos highlighting different student clubs that were active on campus. Groups like the Asian American Cultural Association, the India Club, the Hawai'i Club, the Turkish Students Association, and the Saudi Student Club connected students and provided opportunities for them to celebrate their heritage. 

Asian American Cultural Association 1997 yearbook pages