• AAPI Heritage Month

Cambridge Recognizes May as APII Heritage Month

Cambridge Recognizes May as APII Heritage Month

A May 10 City Council Resolution declared May as AAPI Heritage Month in Cambridge and there are many opportunities to celebrate and learn.

A May 10 City Council Resolution declared May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in Cambridge. This Resolution not only highlights the importance of celebrating the rich history, achievements and contributions of the AAPI community, but it also raises awareness about the uptick in anti-AAPI hate over the past year and the importance of standing in solidarity with our AAPI community.

according to Mayor Sumbul Suddiqui.

Here are some opportunities to celebrate and learn:

  • May 18th at 6:00pm: The Mayor's Office is cosponsoring an author event with Cambridge Public Library to discuss the book Interior Chinatown with author Charles Yu. Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award. He has been nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.
  • May 20th at 4:00pm: Virtual Storytime with the Mayor. She will be reading one of her favorite books, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon from award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin.
  • May 26th: The Mayor is cosponsoring an author event with Cambridge Public Library to discuss the book A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure (Wave Books, 2021) by Hoa Nguyen. The book is a poetic meditation on historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-“Fall-of-Saigon” with verse biography on the poet's mother, Diệp Anh Nguyễn, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-women Vietnamese circus troupe. Multilayered, plaintive, and provocative, these poems are alive with archive and inhabit histories. By turns lyrical and unsettling, Hoa Nguyen's poetry sings of language and loss; dialogues with time, myth and place; and communes with past and future ghosts.