Asian Pacific Islander Indian heritage Month


Bhumibol Adulyadej
Bowen Yang

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


Bruno Mars
Daniel K. Inouye
Fred Korematsu
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


George Takei
Jackie Chan
Ken Jeong
Recommendations for artists, musicians, authors, films, books, tv shows, etc.

Recommendations for artists, musicians, authors, films, books, tv shows, etc.

Historian Ronald Takaki[1993]. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Revised ed.). Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-3160-2236-1. OCLC 243768090.; [1989].

Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans (Revised and updated ed.). New York: Back Bay Books. ISBN 978-0-316-83130-7. OCLC 80125499.

Fiction - Lisa See The Island of Sea Women. Scribner, 2019. ISBN 9781501154850; China Dolls. Random House, Inc., 2014.

Fiction Author - Min Jin Lee Pachinko

Artist Do-Ho Suh:


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 

Movies: The Farewell, TIgerTail, Gook, and The Half of It


Kristi Yamaguchi
Qin Shi Huang
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Tony Hsieh