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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a time to celebrate the many ways that the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community enriches our culture in the United States.

Gig is proud to be based in cities with rich Asian Pacific histories and communities.

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Here are a few opportunities to celebrate AAPI history and heritage this month:

Bay Area

Asian Art Museum

Thursday, May 27, 6:30pm
Celebrating Asian Futures - Bay Area–based Vietnamese composer and multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ joins in musical conversations with artists of Japanese and Khmer heritage. Tickets are $5, free for museum members, accessible to all when using a promotional code.

City College of San Francisco

Wednesday, May 5, 5:00pm
"Men of Iron and the Golden Spike” is a symphonic oratorio that tells the story of the thousands of Chinese workers who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago. Special guest, Wei Su, lyricist and Yale University professor, will present the colloquium. Register here.

Center for Asian American Media

Throughout May
From May 13-23, CAAMFest will be featuring the best in Asian and Asian American stories through live virtual film and on-demand screenings. And, you can even catch a movie at San Francisco’s only drive-in theater at Fort Mason FLIX! More information here.

Seattle

Wing Luke Museum

Saturday, May 15, 2:30-3:30pm
Conversations with Our Kids - Children’s book authors Bao Phi of Hello, Mandarin Duck and Andy A. Nguyen of The Day I Woke Up Different discuss conversations with our children around “growing up differently” and the refugee experience. Via Zoom.

Sacramento

California Museum

Throughout May
The California Museum celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) with a series of free virtual programs highlighting the history and contributions of Asian Americans in California. Visit their site for more information and for the calendar of events.

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