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Asian American, Pacific Islander, & Indian Heritage Month



On Your Own Time

The Phoenix Asian American Historic Property Survey tells the story about important contributions of the Asian American community in the development of Phoenix. The video on the left shares just a bit about this story.

Also take a moment to visit this interesting interactive story map presented by the City of Phoenix - Tour Phoenix's Asian American Heritage

Gila River Japanese American Internment Camp

Grace Lee Boggs
Jona Lomu
Asian, Pacific Islander, or Indian owned businesses in the Phoenix area
Asian, Pacific Islander, or Indian owned businesses in the Phoenix area

Dragon Palace
Sala Thai
Lee Lee International Supermarkets
Milk Run Boba
Reign of Thai  This Thai restaurant is a favorite in the North Valley. Hot, watch out.
Viet Kitchen  Delicious pho and friendly ambiance make this Vietnamese Restaurant a winner.
Cutie - Japanese Concept Store   Wonderful little "dollar store" where you can find Japanese products like origami paper, chopsticks, kitchen/bathroom supplies, and traditional Japanese food and beverages.
Dozo Izakaya! Owned by Robert and his lovely wife Risa. They are Taiwanese-Americans who own the Japanese restaurant Dozo Izakaya in Tempe. The island of Taiwan was a longtime colony of the Japanese Empire and known as Formosa, so the two cultures are well acquainted.
Mekong Plaza
Tottie's Asian Fusion (legit Thai)
PHX Lechon Roasters
Wholly Grill 66 S Dobson Rd, Unit 125, Mesa, AZ 85202
Casa Filipina Bakery 
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
Pho Thanh, Vietnamese restaurant

Jose Rizal
Patsy Mink
Ocean Vuong
Recommendations for artists, musicians, authors, films, books, tv shows, etc.
Recommendations for artists, musicians, authors, films, books, tv shows, etc.

25 Amazing Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors You Need to Read
Never Have I Ever: Created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, this delightful teen dramedy features the most diverse cast in Hollywood and is both hilarious and touching.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - musician 
Guava Jam by the Sunday Manoa!! Best Hawaiian album of all time! (In my humble opinion!) 
Artist: Shahzia Sikander - Pakistan 
Author: Confucius - The Analects
Film: Hero (2002) starring Jet Li
Book: Daodejing (attributed to Laozi)
TV Show: Indian Summers BBC/PBS Masterpiece
Movies: Crazy Rich Asians, Joy Luck Club, Parasite
Book: Frances Cha, "If I Had Your Face."
Louise Erdrich. 
The Namesake, both a book and movie. Jhumpa Lahiri is a great Indian author.
Comedians Ali Wong and Rex Navarette
Musicians Bernard Ellorin (kulintang player and ethnomusicologist,  ) 
The late Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan (master kulintang player influential in the US)
The film "Minari"
Last traditional tattoo artist Whang-od and artist-scholar who studied with her and continues the practice 
Late author/scholar/activist Royal F. Morales 
Singer Lea Salonga, maybe the most famous Filipino entertainer, known for her musical work on Broadway and Disney
Ken Koshio 
5 Asian CEOs to know:
Movies: The Farewell, TIgerTail, Gook, and The Half of It

Influential Asian, Pacific Islander, or Indian from throughout history
Influential Asian, Pacific Islander, or Indian from throughout history

Ghandi, Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Grace Lee Boggs

Ocean Vuong: NYT bestselling novelist, essayist, and poet. Born in Vietnam but raised in Connecticut. He first went to community college before studying literature.
"Because the sunset, like survival, exists only on the verge of its own disappearing. To be gorgeous, you must first be seen, but to be seen allows you to be hunted."— Ocean Vuong (On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous)

Jona Lomu, "Looking back, my whole life seems so surreal. I didn't just turn up on the doorstep playing rugby, I had to go through a whole lot of things to get there".

Qin Shi Huang - First Emperor of China. Not a nice person, but extremely important. Visit the PVCC collection of replicas of his terracotta warriors from his tomb complex.

Patsy Mink. Quote: “The ‘glass ceiling’ is an upper-class glass ceiling for those aspiring to be bank presidents and executives, not those who can never rise above the minimum wage. The majority of people working at minimum-wage jobs in the United States are women. That’s the glass ceiling I am committed to doing something about.” [From Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Women of Hope: Asian Americans.]

José Rizal, "There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves." Or "Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all."

Daniel Inoue - United States Senator

Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927-2016). King of Thailand. One of his famous quote: "When people have compassion, friendship, and unity, they speak and think in a constructive way to ensure national independence and prosperity.";

Feature Tony Hsieh, former Zappos CEO

George Takei, activist and he wrote the novel "They Called us Enemy" about the Japanese Interment Camps.


Fred Toyosaburo Koremats