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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

AAPI / Pan-Asian Month @ TAFT: AAPI Lives




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Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku: Father of surfing and 3x Olympic Gold-medalist in swimming. Ocean Hero. Movie Star. 

 Library reference source, Great Lives from History: Asian & Pacific Islander Americans (REF E184.A75 A85 2013 and ebook)

Dr. Margaret Chungthe first known American-born Chinese female physician.

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress

Since 1900, when Delegate Robert M. Wilcox of Hawaii became the first Asian Pacific American (APA) to serve in Congress, a total of 70 APAs have served as U.S. Representatives, Delegates, Resident Commissioners, or Senators. This website, based on the publication Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress, contains biographical profiles of former APAs, links to information about current APA Members, essays on the institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of APAs in Congress, and images of each individual Member, including rare photos.


Asian Americans in the People’s History of the United States

More than 20 Asian Americans and events of note in American history

From the Zinn Educational Project



Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani

eBook from the HathiTrust

In this unusually personal document, Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last sovereign of Hawaii, paints a detailed picture of life in a royal family―something few such figures ever attempt. She shares important memories from her childhood and chronicles her life on the international stage, beginning with her momentous ascension to the throne and ending with her effective overthrow by American businessmen and politicians who had little interest in maintaining Hawaii’s autonomy.

Written while she was in exile, Queen Liliʻuokalani’s autobiography remains a powerful reflection of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement and provides a vivid sense of the queen’s immense pride in her people and her home.