Commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with TIE and Choice Content

To celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we've compiled TIE and Choice resources that highlight Asian and Pacific American history, including book reviews, interviews, and more.

Commemorating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Toward Inclusive Excellence team gathered TIE content and Choice resources that spotlight Asian/Pacific American history, achievements, and archives. Choice, the publisher of TIE and a publishing unit at the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, provides book reviews to help librarians identify academic sources and professional development tools like webinars, podcasts, and white papers. New content will be added throughout the month, so make sure to revisit this page later in May. We hope these selections aid in learning more about Asian and Pacific American activism, culture, and art.


Ask an Archivist

Ask an Archivist is a monthly feature that explores the research and production behind compelling special collections through interviews with their curators, archivists, and directors. This interview spotlights the Korean American Digital Archive.

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The Korean American Digital Archive

In this interview, Kenneth Klein, Ph.D., Emeritus Librarian and founder of the Korean American Digital Archive (KADA) at the University of Southern California, details the collection and the significance of its timeline dating from 1903 to 1965. Kenneth explains KADA’s digitization process, the value of preserving oral histories, and how the archive seeks to broaden people’s understanding of Korean experiences in the United States. Read the interview.


Hot Topic

Hot Topic takes a deep dive into timely, significant, or niche topics guided by reviews over the decades. This list looks at reparations, reconciliation, and social justice, including the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 regarding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Reparations, Reconciliation, and Social Justice

Book covers for Racial reckoning: prosecuting America’s civil rights murders; Reparations for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity: systems in place and systems in the making; Katherine Dunham: recovering an anthropological legacy, choreographing ethnographic futures; Righting a wrong: Japanese Americans and the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

TIE Blog

These selections include a TIE Podcast episode and resource list on library leadership and the bamboo ceiling. To keep up with upcoming TIE content, subscribe to the TIE newsletter.

Dr. Adriene Lim on Academic Library Leadership and the Bamboo Ceiling

Headshot of Adriene Lim. She has short parted hair tucked behind her ears and wears a gray suit jacket. The photo is a close up from her shoulders up and the background is blurred greenery/mountains.

In this episode, Dr. Adriene Lim delves into how she got her start in academic librarianship, beginning with her love of libraries as a child. She then discusses her trajectory to leadership positions, how she navigates the field as a BIPOC, and her strategies for overcoming systemic obstacles that can hinder career advancement for people of Asian descent, a phenomenon known as the bamboo ceiling. Listen to the episode.

Resources for Shattering the Bamboo Ceiling

Four Asian American people standing under a banner that reads overcoming the bamboo ceiling

TIE contributors Mihoko Hosoi and Denise Pan compiled a helpful and insightful list of resources that explore the bamboo ceiling phenomenon in depth, dissecting the ways in which structural factors often limit or impede the career growth of people of Asian descent. These works offer many valuable insights that can be applied to DEIA work being done both within and beyond the academy. Read the resource list.


Review of the Week

Each week Choice highlights a review that addresses a topical issue, event, or holiday—or simply, a review we believe deserves more attention. These reviews include titles on Chinese poetry, the intersectional environmental justice movement in LA, and the work of artist Ruth Asawa.


Forthcoming Academic Titles

Forthcoming Titles gathers the latest and soon-to-be-released publications in select disciplines. This list centers on upcoming titles in Asian and Asian American Studies.

Forthcoming Titles in Asian & Asian American Studies, 2023

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Outstanding Academic Titles

Outstanding Academic Titles is Choice’s premier editorial franchise of the best titles of the year. Published each December, the list is separated into unique categories and previewed for collection development purposes or personal reading pleasure. These selections pertain to Asian Studies.

Outstanding Academic Titles 2023: Asian Studies (Added 5/17/24)


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