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Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month: Book Giveaway and Resources

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North Carolina Humanities joins the nation in observing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month this May! Throughout the year, we work to celebrate and uplift histories, stories, and cultures of all North Carolinians.

In recognition of this cultural heritage month, we are giving away one copy of ‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis and illustrated by Kenard Pak. Join the family, or ohana, as they farm taro for poi to prepare for a traditional luau celebration. The backmatter includes a glossary of Hawaiian terms used, as well as an author’s note. Head to NC Humanities’ Instagram to enter to win! The giveaway closes May 31. 

We invite you to also read the below resources that explore and pay tribute to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. This is just a short collection of the amazing resources that are available. We encourage our readers to explore beyond what we’ve listed. 

  • Browse the official Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month website.
  • Read the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Virtual Bookshelf, featuring funded projects that share different perspectives and insights on the AANHPI experience.
  • Learn about the The Hmong Heritage Project, an NEH grant supported community digitization days and related public programming to capture the memories and artifacts of Hmong community members in Catawba County, NC, home to the fourth largest population of Hmong immigrants in the U.S.
  • Explore Smithsonian events happening online and in-person and find resources, podcasts, and collection items to learn more about AANHPI contributions.
  • Explore important places, our nation’s parks, memorials, and historic sites with the National Park Service.

Have a resource to share? Please email Melanie Moore Richeson at Thank you!

Cover image: “Tom Kobayashi”. Ansel Adams, photographer, 1943. (Library of Congress)