By the Numbers: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Stats that honor Asian and Pacific-American heritage in libraries and books

May 1, 2018

Life and Activities of Shakyamuni Buddha Incarnate, 1486Photo: Library of Congress
Life and Activities of Shakyamuni Buddha Incarnate, 1486Photo: Library of Congress

39
Years ago that Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week was first observed. In 1990, the week was expanded to the month of May.

1980
Year that the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association was founded. The group formally became affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982.

45th
Anniversary that the Chinese American Librarians Association celebrated this year. The group affiliated with ALA in 1976 and has chapters in the US and abroad.

130+
Number of languages represented by the items in the Library of Congress’s (LC) Asian Reading Room collection.

500,000
Number of volumes contained within the South Asian Studies collection at Columbia University in New York. The majority of the collection is supplied by LC field offices in India and Pakistan.

21 million
Number of people in the United States who are Asian or of Asian descent, according to a 2015 estimate by the US Census. Another estimated 1.5 million people are Hawaiian and Pacific Islander.

43,000
Number of titles in the C. Laan Chun Library at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. The collection covers not only art but archaeology, architecture, history, philosophy, religion, and folk culture.

16th
Century to which items date back in the Newberry Library’s Philippine Manuscripts Collection.

27,499
Number of ranks that Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer jumped in overall Amazon sales less than a day after it was announced the book had won the Pulitzer Prize, according to Time Magazine. (Listen to our interview with Nguyen on the Dewey Decibel podcast, after he won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.)