Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Resources From the State Library and Archives of Florida

The month of May was chosen as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Explore a few examples of Florida’s Asian Pacific American history and culture.

Florida Photographic Collection

Lue Gim Gong

Lue Gim Gong, born in China, became an American citizen in 1877. In 1911, the American Pomological Society awarded him the Silver Wilder Medal for his work in developing citrus. Lue Gim Gong was recognized as a Great Floridian for his significant contributions to the history and culture of Florida.

Yamato Colony

Yamato Colony was a farming community in South Florida founded by Japanese immigrant Jo Sakai in 1905.

Blog Posts

Temari

Temari is the traditional Japanese art of decorating spheres by winding and lacing colored threads in intricate patterns around a ball.

Audio

Ann Yao

Ann Yao plays the guzheng, an ancient Chinese plucked string instrument.

East and Southeast Asian Music

Listen to a wide variety of musical traditions from China, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Music and Interviews

Listen to recordings from the Folklife Collection.

Spring Song - Toshiko Mishima & Shizue Baba (Download)

Recorded: May 3, 1958 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1958 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-73)


Lotus - Ann Yao (Download)

Recorded: May 22, 1992 by the Florida Folklife Program
1992 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T92-7)


Vietnamese Folk Song - Pham Duy (Download)

Recorded: May 6, 1966 by the Stephen Foster Center
1966 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-158)


Interview with Japanese flower arranger Atsuko Lefcourte (Download)

Recorded: August 23, 1986 by Jan Rosenberg (Florida Folklife Program)
Palm Beach County Folk Arts in Education Project
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
(S1685, box 6, tape 6)

In this interview, Atsuko Lefcourte discusses Japanese flower arranging, which was part of the ancient tea ceremony.


Interview with Japanese flower arranger Atsuko Lefcourte, selection two (Download)

Recorded: August 23, 1986 by Jan Rosenberg (Florida Folklife Program)
Palm Beach County Folk Arts in Education Project
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
(S1685, box 6, tape 6)

In this interview, Atsuko Lefcourte discusses Japanese flower arranging, which was part of the ancient tea ceremony.


Interview with Japanese flower arranger Atsuko Lefcourte, selection three (Download)

Recorded: August 23, 1986 by Jan Rosenberg (Florida Folklife Program)
Palm Beach County Folk Arts in Education Project
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
(S1685, box 6, tape 6)

In this interview, Atsuko Lefcourte discusses Japanese flower arranging, which was part of the ancient tea ceremony.


 

Additional Resources at the State Library and Archives

The State Library and Archives of Florida is located on the second floor of the R.A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 (two blocks west of the State Capitol). Our public research facilities are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on state holidays.

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