In celebration of Asian American Heritage Month in May 2024, we are excited to unravel this year’s theme:

 

Interwoven: Weaving Together Asian American Stories 

 

Join us in reclaiming and centering the power of our intergenerational, intersecting Asian and Asian American narratives through cultural activities, art and historical exhibitions, creative storytelling, and community conversations. 

 

The Asian and Asian American Experience Quilt

This Asian and Asian American experience quilt is a digital collage interwoven by various scenes and fabrics. These elements and textures are homages to the five major geographic groups throughout Asia: West Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The other panels within are made up of intergenerational stories: a young queer couple on a date, a multiracial newborn, and an elderly man reflecting on his journey to the United States.

 

About the Artist

Kiara Lime is a Filipino American author and illustrator based in Spokane, Washington. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art located in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by shoujo manga, romantic dramedies, and vulnerable lyricism, Kiara’s work centers around emotional characters and sentimental storytelling. She has shown her work in various local group exhibitions, art markets and anime conventions, and online-based charity fandom zines. Outside of art, Kiara is a nerd who enjoys documenting her life in photos and spending time with her loved ones. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

APRIL 28  |  Asian Graduation

We are kicking off the celebration through our 3rd annual graduation party to honor Asian/Asian American graduates from Spokane area colleges, universities, and local high schools.

RSVP by April 18.

Date/Time:  April 28 at 4:00 – 6:30pm
Doors open at 4pm, program starts at 4:15pm

Location: Spokane Public Library – Central Branch, 3rd Floor | 906 W Main Ave, Spokane WA

For more information:

Facebook Event

MAY 3 | Boba Buddies

This Boba Buddies will be a family-friendly event open to the general public with Taiko Drumming performances, workshop for kids, games, boba, and snacks as we celebrate the beginning of Asian American Heritage Month. 

 

For more information:

Facebook Event

 

Date/Time: Friday, May 3 at 3:30 – 5:00pm
Location: 
Spokane Public Library – Central Branch 3rd Floor | 906 W Main Ave, Spokane WA

MAY 4 – JUNE 2 | Expo Revival: Searching for Trent Alley

Expo Revival: Searching for Trent Alley celebrates and honors the history and legacy of Asian/Asian Americans in the PNW and Spokane. This exhibit is presented in partnership with Asians for Collective Liberation in Spokane, Eastern Washington University, and Spokane Public Library as part of Expo ’74 50th Celebration.

 

Date/Time: Library Hours, May 4-June 2
Location: Spokane Public Library – Central Branch, 3rd Floor

906 W Main Ave, Spokane WA

 

See it in other calendars: 

Spokane Public Library Event

Facebook Event

Expo ’74 Event

MAY 4  |  Expo Revival: Heritage Month Opening Reception

The Asian American Heritage Month and Expo Revival exhibits Opening Reception will include speakers, artists talk, Asian arts and crafts vendors, performances, and the proclamation of Asian American Heritage Month by Spokane City Mayor Lisa Brown.

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4 at 11am – 4pm
Location: Spokane Public Library – Central Branch, 3rd Floor | 906 W Main Ave, Spokane WA

 

See it in other calendars: 

Spokane Public Library Event

Facebook Event

Expo ’74 Event

MAY 8  |  Boba Breaks: Exploring Identities

Join ACL Spokane at Spokane Falls Community College as we take a break, drink boba, and discuss how the intersections of our identities affect our mental health. Boba will be provided!

 

For more information, email Pascal at pbostic@aclspokane.org

 

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 8 at 12pm – 2pm
Location: SFCC Mosaic Center

MAY 8  |  Asian Kitchen with Chef Suwanee

Cultural Cooking Class for Asian Young Adults!

We will work with Chef Suwanee Lennon to make Pad Thai and explore her own Thai heritage!

 

Sign-ups limited to twenty people. Priority registration for Asian young adults open until April 24; open to all ages after. Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult. RSVP closes May 4. Bring a tupperware for leftovers! 

 

For questions, comments, or requests contact: malbaugh@aclspokane.org

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 8 at 4 – 6pm
Location: Second Harvest Kitchen |
1234 E Front Ave Spokane

 

Get updates through our Facebook Event Page.

MAY 9 | Strategizing Against Liberal White Supremacy

How do liberal European Americans reinforce inequality and what actions can they take to meaningfully advance racial justice?

 

Dr. Angie Beeman will discuss how white supremacy is maintained not only by right-wing conservatives or stereotypically uneducated working-class racial bigots but also by progressives who operate from a liberal ideology of color-blindness, racism-evasiveness, and class elitism. Drawing from her academic expertise and experience as well as her personal life growing up in a working class family in Appalachia with a Korean American mother and white father, Dr. Beeman brings a race-class perspective to offer analysis and strategies. Rather than downplaying racism in favor of a class-centered approach or taking a talk-centered approach to racism without developing explicit actions to challenge it, Dr. Beeman will advance action-oriented and racism-centered intersectional approaches.

 

This workshop is highly interactive; we encourage you to participate in person if you can!

 

Date/Time: Thursday, May 9 at 6 – 8pm
Location: Hybrid – Carl Maxey Center (in-person)
3114 E 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202 and via Zoom

MAY 16 | Resisting Erasure Through Storytelling

Celebrated author Putsata Reang describes how writing and storytelling are an antidote to shame, discrimination, and erasure.

 

Date/Time: Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 – 6:30pm
Location: Spokane Public Library – Liberty Park | 402 S. Pittsburg St, Spokane, WA, 99202

MAY 18-19 | The Rock in My Throat Storytelling Workshop and Book Talk Series

Author Kao Kalia Yang and local illustrator Jiemei Lin will be visiting for a series of events featuring their new children’s book The Rock in My Throat.

 

Date/Time: May 18-19 
Location: Multiple Locations (Spark Central, Spokane Public Library – Central, Wishing Tree Books, Auntie’s Bookstore)

 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Storytelling Workshop

10:30-12:00pm | Spark Central

 

An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang and Jiemei Lin

6:00-7:30pm | Spokane Public Library – Central, 3rd Floor 

 
Sunday, May 19, 2024

Storytime with Kao Kalia Yang and Jiemei Lin

10:30-11:30am | Wishing Tree Books

 

Book Reading and Signing

4:00-5:00pm | Auntie’s Bookstore

MAY 22 | Experiences of Asian Muslims in the United States

In this panel discussion, our speakers will share their personal and community experiences of being Asian Muslim in the United States.

 

Co-presented by EWU College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), Muslims for Community, Action & Support (MCAS), EWU AANHPI Planning Committee, and ACL Spokane.

 

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 22 at 12 – 1:30pm
Location: Hybrid – EWU PUB 317-319 (in person) and via Zoom

MAY 28 | Feeding Ghosts: A Graphic Memoir

In her evocative, genre-defying graphic memoir Feeding Ghostswriter and illustrator Tessa Hulls tells the story of three generations of women in her family: her Chinese grandmother, Sun Yi; her mother, Rose; and herself.

 

Following the discussion, Auntie’s Bookstore will sell copies and there will be an opportunity for a book signing.

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 28 at 6 – 7pm
Location: Spokane Public Library – Liberty Park |
402 S. Pittsburg St, Spokane, WA, 99202

MAY 30 | Heritage Month Closing Reception

The month-long celebration will culminate with a film screening and closing reception. Watch out for more information!

 

Date/Time: Thursday, May 30 at 5 – 7:30pm
Location: Garland Theater | 924 W Garland Ave, Spokane, WA 99205

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