API Sub-Committees

API ERG Sub-Committees

Have an idea for an event or a project?  Want to help out?   Send an email to our API Steering Committee at api_steering@lbl.gov.   We welcome all volunteers.


Cultural & Social Events/Food/Language

API ERG Member Cookbook

Browse through recipes shared by API ERG members.  Please share your favorite recipe too.

Watch Janie Pinterits', a program manager in the IDEA office, How to Make Lumpia video


Book Club / Movies/ Music Appreciation

Massie Ballon & Lida Gifford, Co-Chairs


Oct | Book Club.  Our next book club meeting is planned for October, which is Filipino American History Month. We will discuss Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas. See API ERG Calendar for Zoom link. 

Previous Book Club Selections

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang Two authors, June Hayward and Athena Liu, were both on their way up in the literary world, but Athena was getting more attention. When Athena unexpectedly dies, her friend steals the manuscript for Athena’s experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I. June then creates the persona of Juniper Song, misrepresenting herself as the Asian American author of Athena’s novel. 

Fairest,” said author and artist Meredith Talusan (she/they), is a memoir that “allows me to look at the entirety of my life and understand how I moved through the world in this body over the years.”  Fairest is Talusan’s story and her journey from being a “sun child” in the Philippines to a transgender, white-passing, Harvard-educated immigrant and journalist.

A joint book club selection with the Lambda Alliance ERG.

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.

They Called Us Enemy written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott; illustrated by Harmony Becker.  This graphic memoir recounts actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II.


Museum Culture Talk/Round Table Discussions


Th Jun 20 12 pm | Asian Art Museum: Expressions of Gender in Asian Art.  Ambiguous and gender fluid depictions have existed in Asian art for thousands of years. Explore some of the fascinating ways various Asian cultures have represented people and deities as male, female, and non-binary. Virtual event.  See API ERG Calendar for Zoom link. 

Th Jul 18 12 pm | Persia: Crossroads of Art and Culture  Uncover the unique artistic elements of ancient Middle Eastern art, and its influence on art across Asia and Europe. See API ERG Calendar for Zoom link. 

Th Aug 1 12pm |  Genghis Khan: Hero or Tyrant. Ride with the Mongols and the Khans as they conquer their vast empires. Learn about their culture through the art they created and adapted from other cultures. See API ERG Calendar for Zoom link. 

Previous Talks

July 5, 2022 | Masterpieces of the Asian Art Museum. Docents led discussion about some of the masterpieces produced over time by Asia's numerous countries and cultures.  

July 19, 2022 | Adornment: Displays for Wealth and Power.  How have various Asian cultures chosen to evidence wealth, status, and power? Usually through their jewelry. Marvel at some of these opulent, fantastical, and awesome displays.

April 24, 2023 | Facing Mecca: Reflections of Islam in Art. Docents from the Asian Art Museum led a fascinating discussion about the variety and scope of art inspired by Islam – not just the religion, but Muslim culture and secular pursuits as well. 

May 11, 2023 | The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World.   A docent from the Asian Art Museum led a fascinating discussion about ancient routes that provided goods, technologies, and ideas to cultures from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.  

May 19, 2023 | The Language of Flowers.  A docent from San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum led a fascinating discussion about the meanings of flowers and trees as reflected in the art of countries across Asia. 

Feb 5, 2024 | Lunar New Year.  An Asian Art Museum docent discussion about the traditions and symbolic foods that enrich the celebration of the Lunar New Year throughout various Asian cultures. Lanterns and couplets. Dragons and oranges. Red envelopes and housecleaning. 

Mar 11, 2024 | The Goddess and Images of Power.  A docent led a discussion exploring myriad depictions of female deities throughout Asia. Meet the wrathful avengers, phenomenal dakinis, and benevolent bodhisattvas who grace the collections of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Whether feared or revered, these goddesses play an important and prominent role in many Asian religions.