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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Library Events

Intro to Chinese Brush Painting: Joys of Chinese Painting
Saturday, May 18, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Celebrate the Joys of Chinese Painting and learn to paint seasonal flowers and small animals. This workshop teaches basic techniques and promotes cultural appreciation. Art supplies such as brushes, ink, and paper will be provided. Pre-registration is required. This program is suitable for adults, children, and families. Ages 6 to 90+ are welcome.

Pauline Tsui is an artist, a writer, and a docent of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She studied traditional Chinese brush painting with renowned masters in Hong Kong; attended Mills College in Oakland, L’Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, to pursue degrees in design and western art. Pauline’s East-meets-West approach and methodical teaching style appeal to a broad audience across the country.


Celebrate AAPI Month with Hale Hula O’ Na Pua
Saturday, May 18, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Fairfield Civic Center Library welcomes back Hale Hula O’ Na Pua to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month.

Performance by Magician Perry Yan! Celebrate AAPI Month
Wednesday, May 22: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Magician Perry Yan astonishes audiences with sleight of hand and audience participation. Join us at the Fairifield Civic Center Library for Perry’s spectacular magic show!

Author Oliver Chin: Celebrate Children’s Book Week & Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Thursday, May 02, 10:00am – 11:00am
Celebrate Children’s Book Week with a very special visit from author and artist Oliver Chin! Mr. Chin will talk about his books and do a drawing demonstration for the audience. Mr. Chin has written more than 20 books for young people, including the popular “Tales from the Zodiac” picture book series. He is a co-author of the “Asian Hall of Fame” and “The Kung Fu Chronicles” series. Learn more about the author at:

Lion Dance
Saturday, May 11: 11:00am – 11:30am

Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association shares thundering beats and lively movement.
Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association practices both traditional and modern lion and dragon dance. A joyous presentation for people of all ages in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Children can complete a scavenger hunt after the presentation for a little surprise.

Taiko Drumming with Kristy Aki Oshiro
Wednesday, May 08: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Enjoy the traditional art of taiko drumming with this high energy, interactive performance. All ages welcome.

Origami for Kids
Friday, May 17, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Try your hand at the Japanese art of party folding. Best for ages 5+.

Author Oliver Chin – Celebrate Children’s Book Week & Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Thursday, May 02: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Book talk on The Discovery of Chess with author Oliver Chin in celebration of Children’s Book Week and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Teen Indian Cuisine with SS Currey Express
Tuesday, May 14, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Learn how to make Indian Cuisine with Dixon’s own SS Currey Express! Register online or in person to attend. This event is geared towards tweens and teens ages 10 to 18. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. 

Kanopy offers free access to an impressive lineup of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage films. Immerse yourself in the rich stories that highlight the diverse experiences, traditions, and histories of the AAPI community. From heartwarming dramas to eye-opening documentaries, there’s something for everyone.

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