Welcome to Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Pond!
Following the incredible success we had last year when hosting Asian Heritage Month at the Pond, our first month-long guest series, we decided to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Pond this year! As part of our mission of uplifting diverse books, we at The Quiet Pond are hosting a series of exciting guest features, book reviews, and book recommendations to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – a month centered entirely on Asian and Pacific Islander voices and literature.
Like all of our other month-long guest features (see: Pride Month 2020, Latine Heritage Month 2020, Black History Month 2021), Skye, Joce and I have been working super hard on collaborating with our new friends of the Pond, and putting together exciting content for the month ahead. From the content that we already have, the thoughtfulness of our guest’s words and work, we can promise that this year’s Asian and Pasifika Heritage Month will be spectacular.
This year, we have invited 17 Asian and Pacific Islander authors to the Pond to talk about and celebrate their work. We are so excited to share with you all the incredible work that we and the authors have done for this month-long celebration, and starting tomorrow, we hope that you can join us in our celebrations.
To start us off, I invite you all to have a read through last year’s Asian Heritage Month posts (you can find a list of all of our guest posts here), and also some authors that we have spotlighted outside of May:
- An Interview with Dustin Thao, Author of You’ve Reached Sam – On His Debut, Kimi No Na Wa, and His DVPit Journey
- An Interview with Reimena Yee, Author of Séance Tea Party; On Making Comics, Ghosts, & Growing Up
- An Interview with Remy Lai, Author of Fly on the Wall – On Turning Personal Stories into Comforts and Portraying Love in Families
- An Interview with Hanna Alkaf, Author of The Girl and the Ghost; On Writing Friendship, Malaysian Childhoods, & Being True to Your Stories
I also encourage you all to check out our Māori and Pasifika Book Recommendations post – we hope you’ll find a Pasifika book to read for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
Before we close, I wanted to raise awareness of what is currently going on in India. At present, India is facing a humanitarian crisis following the country’s second devastating pandemic wave. As it is Asian Pasifika Heritage Month and it is a time for celebration, Asian Pasifika Heritage Months are also a time for solidarity and rallying together to support Asians, no matter where they are in the world. We send our love and solidarity to our Indian friends and siblings across the world.
Please consider donating to mutual aid fundraisers intended to provide emergency relief to those affected in India. You can find a list of fundraisers here in this Google Doc.
You can also find a list of mutual aid links in the Twitter thread below:
Thank you all for visiting, friends, and we hope to see you around the Pond during May! Happy Asian and Pasifika Heritage Month, and happy reading!