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According to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the month of May was chosen for 2 reasons: it honors the first immigration of Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and May 10 is the anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Most of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Here are some news and events that you might have missed!

This April, APIAVOTE launched an Asian-American Voter Engagement Effort for the 2024 Election Cycle. They have partnered with over 60 organizations to operate a multi-lingual AAPI voter protection hotline (888-API-VOTE), a voter education video series for 30 states, and Voter State Fact Sheets (like the one shown below for Michigan) for all 50 states!

“Asian Americans have been the fastest growing group of eligible voters in the U.S. over the past two decades, growing by 15 percent in the last four years alone, and Asian Americans have turned out in record numbers in every federal election since 2016,” said Christine Chen, Executive Director and Co-Founder of APIAVote. “This is all despite a historic lack of engagement by political campaigns and parties. In a year when voters across the board appear more disaffected and disillusioned than ever, our focus at APIAVote is to show that AAPI voters remain engaged in the democratic process and that political candidates and parties should never take them for granted.”



Detroit PBS Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

Wednesday, May 13. Who Killed Vincent Chin?

On a hot summer night in Detroit in 1982, Ronald Ebens, an autoworker, killed Vincent Chin, a young Chinese American draftsman with a baseball bat. Although he confessed, he never spent a day in jail. This gripping Academy Award-nominated film relentlessly probes the implications of the murder, for the families of those involved, and for the American justice system. Who Killed Vincent Chin?, a legacy title from POV’s archives, was restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and also added to the National Film Registry. Best Documentary Nominee, 61st Annual Academy Awards. Learn More Here. 11 pm ET

The Asian Americans

Streaming On DPTV Passport

A 5-part series exploring the history of identity, contributions, and challenges experienced by Asian Americans.

Kylyn APIA Arts and Culture Festival including Panel Discussion, Lectures, and Presentations

This multi-day inaugural arts festival has numerous events, primarily located at the Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Film Screenings


Panel Discussions, Lectures, and Presentations

Imperial Moods: Mid-Century Music and the Cold War

Salty, Sticky, Sweet

Can Art Grace Our Troubled World

Stories We’re Told, Stories Well

The Fold of the Righteous

Learn More by visiting


The Unerased Book Club is a project of Rising Voices of Asian American Families, centered around growing connections within Michigan’s Asian American community by exclusively reading works from Asian American authors. New titles are selected on the first of each month and discussed in the book club’s virtual meetings. You can watch book discussions with the Unerased Book Club on AADL.TV and YouTube.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at Ypsilanti District Library Share Stop Asian Hate Booklist

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