Celebrate diversity during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May with a variety of events that highlight the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in visual and performing arts.
Our keynote program, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Avalon Branch, features dances with Chinese panda mascots, red ribbons and lanterns presented by the Dong Fang Chinese Performing Arts Association. Performances are accompanied by traditional Chinese Qipao and Peking Opera Face-painting costumes and Chinese musical instruments, Gu Zheng and Hulushi.
Visit CPL locations throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month for events for all ages, including book discussions, lectures, film screenings, story times and more. Highlights include:
- 9 adult book discussions
- Chanoyu: Japanese Tea Ceremony
- Chinese Cultural Knots
- Dance of Cambodia
- Fun with Origami
- Halau i Ka Pono: The Hula School of Chicago
- Japanese Kimono Workshop
- Meditation and Breathwork
- Rivers of Traditions: Past to Present
Want to read more about Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage? We recommend:
- Folk and Fairy Tales for Kids
- Teen Fiction, from Fantasy to Reality
- Personal Journey Stories for Adults
Explore more than 20 art exhibits at CPL locations.