A whole new month has arrived quicker than it should have and it brings Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) with it. For those who don’t know what that means, AAPIHM celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The reason that I emphasize the and in that sentence is that many Pasifika peoples are erased during AAPIHM. This was first brought to my attention by a Pasifika blogger who wrote about Pacific Island Books and Erasure in the Book Community, and which inspired me to write an awareness-raising article trying to bring this to the attention of bloggers I was in contact with.
AAPIHM is a really important month and it is obviously important that we celebrate all Asian and Pasifika peoples during May. However, Pacific Islanders are disproportionately erased throughout articles, reading lists, recommendations, books of the month, and many other posts during AAPIHM. So, for this AAPIHM I once again want to do everything I can to bring attention to the works of Pasifika authors and generate discussion around AAPIHM, starting with a blog about ‘Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – what is it?’ Over the next 3 weeks, I will also be featuring literary works by Pasifika, South East Asian, and Middle Eastern authors respectively so please do keep an eye out for those and get involved with spreading the word!
➽ Circe by Madeline Miller
Owned physical copy
➽ Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Library Book, and Life & Lit’s BOTM
➽ Legend by Marie Lu
Owned physical copy, Beat the Backlist, and AAPI read
➽ The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
Unknown format, Beat the Backlist, and AAPI read
➽ This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila
eBook, Beat the Backlist, and AAPI read
Have you got any reads lined up for AAPI or will you be looking out for recommendations?
What other books have you got planned for your May TBR or are you participating in Moody Monday?