One of my co-workers from KCLS remembers how much, at age 4, he was scared when the sea waves came over the small boat on which he, his family, and hundreds of other refugees escaped Vietnam. He tried to make his small body even smaller to hide under the protection of his father during the time. Many immigrants can tell you similar stories of their own, some courageous and hopeful, others overwhelming and despairing.
I came here from Japan and raised our four small children in the late 80s into most of 90s. In this foreign land surrounded by the educated population of the Eastside of King County, we were mostly comfortable. People knew some Japanese who were neighbors, friends, or in-laws. Some people had even visited Japan and had good experiences. We were helped by the open minded people, as well as by the Japanese Americans who were diligent and successful in spite of difficult situations.
The month of May was designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander population and their heritage in the US.
We hope our readers enjoy items from our Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month display at the Kirkland Library as well as ones from this list for adult readers and this list for younger readers. These lists include stories of American children experiencing their immigrant parents’ culture as a foreign culture. Since the lists are by no means conclusive, you are welcome to suggest items by commenting below. Or, you can start creating your own list, too!