Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the San Antonio Public Library

Free events happening all month long

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month events at the San Antonio Public Library
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month events at the San Antonio Public Library (KSAT 2021)

SAN ANTONIO – May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month and if you’re looking for ways to celebrate, check out the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) system. In addition to reading guides for children and adults, the Library system will be hosting events that are free and open to the public.

Asian Pacific Heritage month @ SAPL (KSAT 2021)

Keep scrolling to see a detailed list of resources & events happening or click here to see SAPL’s Asian Pacific American Heritage (APAHM) guide.

  • A Nation of Nations, A Great American Immigration Story by Tom Gjelten
  • The China Collectors, America’s Century-long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures by Karl E. Meyer
  • We Too Sing America, South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer
  • White Devil,The True Story of the First White Asian Crime Boss by Bob Halloran
  • Golden Bones, An Extraordinary Journey From Hell in Cambodia to A New Life in America by Sichan Siv
  • The Train to Crystal City, FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell
Children's Books selections for Asian Pacific American Heritage month (KSAT 2021)
EVENTS ( All require registration in advance) :

Origin and Use of Violin in Indian Classical Music

Saturday, May 15, 3 – 4pm

There will be a lecture and demonstration of the origin and use of Violin in Indian classical music with a brief history of how Violin was adapted as an integral part of its tradition. The presenter will explain the posture and techniques of playing the Violin along with the demonstration of the classical style of playing the Violin.

Musicals: Demonstration of the Musical Instrument called Tabla, a pair of twin hand drums

Wednesday, May 19, 7 – 8pm

Tabla, musical instrument is a pair of twin hand drums originating from the Indian subcontinent. The music instrument consists of two small drums of slightly different sizes and shapes. The playing technique is complex and involves extensive use of the fingers and palms in various configurations to create wide variety of different sounds and rhythms. The professional tabla music player will demonstrate how to play using the unique along with playing using the instrument followed by Q&A.

“Noh and the Mask in Motion”

Friday, May 21, 5 – 6pm

Join members of Theatre Nohgaku from around the world for a discussion of Japanese noh, one of the world’s most iconic masked theatre forms. This program focuses on the beautiful, haunting, and sometimes terrifying masks of noh, including a selection of performance videos and a chance to see a number of performance masks, including many by master artisan Hideta Kitazawa, whose work featured prominently in the 2015 Central Library exhibit “The Arts of Noh.” A Q&A follows the presentation.

Create Colorful Art Drawing Using Connect Dots called Rangoli/Kolam

Wednesday, May 26, 7 – 8pm

Build a colorful art patterns called Rangoli or Kolam by connecting dots and drawing around dots. Rangoli or Kolam is an art form originating in the Indian subcontinent, in which patterns are created on the floor or a tabletop or on a piece of paper using materials such as powdered lime stone, dry or wet rice flour, colored sand, flower petals, colored pen or pencils. It is a fun educational, relaxation activity that encourages to learn different geometric shapes involving coordination and develop concentration.

The art professional will show how to create the art pattern in a unique way followed by Q&A.

Musicals and Demonstration of the Musical Instrument called Veena

Thursday, May 27, 7 – 8pm

The veena is a plucked string musical instrument originating from ancient and medieval Indian literature used in classical music. The instrument is similar to Sitar musical instrument with little variations. The Veena professional player will demonstrate the methods, systems practice on how to play the instrument along with the content of playing followed by Q&A. Don’t miss to attend to see this unique musical instrument play by a professional musician!


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