NOLS will host events celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a series of talks and an exhibit.

Learn about South Vietnamese perspectives on the Vietnam War, attend a discussion with author Jamie Ford, or check out a traveling Smithsonian exhibit on an Asia-Pacific American history.

• “Hidden Stories: The South Vietnamese Side of the Vietnam War”, 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3

How did the South Vietnamese soldiers really experience the Vietnam War? In this presentation from the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, historian Julie Pham draws on interviews she conducted with 40 South Vietnamese military veterans in the United States and discusses how people may remember historical events differently. Registration is required to attend the event.

• “Racebending: Adventures in a Bicultural World” with Jamie Ford, 2 p.m. Saturday May 21

Ford, an acclaimed novelist, will discuss an early example of cultural appropriation and assimilation when his great-grandfather changed his name from Min Chung to William Ford and the generational ripple effect this had on his family. Ford will also talk about what the future may hold as we approach 2045, the year the Brookings Institute predicts people of color will become the ethnic majority in the United States. He will explain why finding truth in historical fiction is so important and how he came to write about subjects so close to his personal past and future.

Registration is required to view the event live. A recording will be available for two weeks after the event.

Ford’s debut album, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

• “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” (exhibition), May-July 2022

American Asia-Pacific history has roots that cross borders and cross oceans – but the story is essentially American. This tale is featured in a series of eight posters that will be on display at Port Angeles Library in May, Forks Library in June, and Clallam Bay Branch Library in July; it will not be on display at the Sequim Library due to space constraints.

“I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” will be on display at the North Olympic Library System from May to June 2022. Graphic submitted

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