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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Arts & Literature


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Spotify has curated playlists from a plethora of AAPI artists. Explore podcasts, modern artists, and music icons of the past with playlists for any taste by clicking the logo below.


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Historically, Hollywood has a negative track record for using non-Asian actors and actresses for Asian characters. Learn more about the practice and history of "yellowface." 


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This article lists more than 40 books on the experience of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in this country, including poetry, essays, memoirs, histories and some of the best fiction of the last couple of decades. Suggestions come from Times staff; novelists including Viet Thanh Nguyen, Charles Yu and Steph Cha; poet Victoria Chang; and a group of scholars from Asian American Studies departments in California and beyond.


Robin Tran is an Asian American trans woman comedian with a cynical outlook and brilliant observations. Watch one Tran's short sets.


Image of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha in about 1980



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Explore the visual artists within the AAPI community. Featuring a plethora of forms and styles of visual art you're sure to find a new artist to enjoy. Discover Asian American Artists and explore their collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. To discover Pacific Islander Artists look in this expansive online gallery


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Explore this “Care Package” of poems, meditations, films and other cultural nutrients for times like this – curated with love by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.”