May is Asian American And Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and Long Beach's public library system has scheduled a number of activities to highlight that culture.

A bilingual story time on May 8 and 22 will highlight Chinese and Korean cuisines and culture with stories told in Spanish.

On May 11, a hula performance by Polynesian dancers will be streamed online. Then on May 15 the Miller Room Book Club will discuss the short story collection "The Refugees" by Viet Thanh Nguyen, exploring the experiences of Vietnamese refugees coming to America.

Local author and educator Ky-Phong Tran will present an author talk and workshop May 22 aimed at middle and high school writers.

Also on May 22, a new Pacific Islander lecture series will kick off with Fran Lujan, director of the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, exploring Oceania Arts, tradition and heritage.

For information about these and other AAPI activities in May, go to or call 562-570-7500.


Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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