Asian pacific American
Heritage Month

May 2022

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a letter from Inder Monga, API ERG Executive Sponsor

"May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a month to celebrate the diversity and contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to our nation, and to reflect on the issues and challenges faced by the Asian and Pacific Islander communities today." Read Inder's full letter >>

May 2, 2022 - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Banner

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To kick it off, the API ERG raised the APA Heritage Month banner at Building 65.

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Contributors: Massie Ballon, Angelica Chan

API ERG Book Club Meeting

Date: May 23

Time: 3:00-3:50 pm
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The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Employee Resource Group Media Subcommittee is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a book club on Monday, May 23, at 3 PM . We will be discussing Crying in H Mart, a 2021 memoir by Michelle Zauner, a Korean American who grew up in Oregon and when she was a young adult, used Korean cooking as a way to cope with the grief of losing her mother to cancer.

Crying in H Mart, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, is available from local libraries, online outlets, and voice text format on YouTube. We have received five complimentary copies of the book from the publisher. If you are interested in borrowing one of these copies to read prior to the book club, please fill out this Google Form. The recipients of books will be randomly selected. After reading, the books can be returned to the IDEA Office Library in Building 50A or shared with a friend to read as well.

Zauner grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and was one of a few Asian American students at her school. She struggled with her mother's expectations of her while also treasuring time they spent together at her grandmother's apartment in Seoul. When she moved to the East Coast for college, began working in the restaurant industry, performing with her new band, and met her future husband, her Korean identity receded. However, when faced in her mid-20s with her mother's terminal illness, Zauner reclaimed aspects of culture that were imparted by her mother.

Penguin Random House video, Inside the Book: Michelle Zauner (Crying in H Mart) -

Please contact Massie ( or Lida ( with any questions.

May 2021