May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and is defined by the Law Library of Congress as "a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture." For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' Asian Pacific Heritage Month page.
Asian American Portraits of Encounter This exhibition displays the diversity of contemporary Asian American identity through the groundbreaking work of seven visual artists.
Spotlight: Kevin Kwan
"Before author Kevin Kwan moved to Texas from Singapore, he grew up in a wealthy neighborhood. He was used to seeing luxurious gated homes with fountains and security guards. Years later, Kwan turned his memories of Asia into a poem, "Singapore Bible Study," which he wrote for a college course. The poem detailed the luxurious lifestyle of the Singapore he knew, and it won him a local poetry award. In 2013 Kwan turned the poem into a best-selling trilogy of books, starting with Crazy Rich Asians. The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians was released in August of 2018." Read Kwan's full biography from Gale.
Online Event: A Conversation with "Crazy Rich Asians" Author Kevin Kwan
May 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Library of Congress will present a conversation with Singaporean American novelist and changemaker Kevin Kwan, known for his satirical novels “Crazy Rich Asians,” “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems,” that seeks to introduce contemporary Asian culture to an American audience. This event will be livestreamed from both the Library of Congress' Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/libraryofcongress and the Library's YouTube site (with captions) at https://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress.