NOLS will host events celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage


The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May with a series of talks and an exhibit that will tour the county.

Attendees are invited to learn about South Vietnamese perspectives of the Vietnam War, attend a discussion with author Jamie Ford, or experience a traveling Smithsonian exhibit on an Asia-Pacific American history.

• “Hidden Stories: The South Vietnamese Side of the Vietnam War”, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.

How did the South Vietnamese soldiers really experience the Vietnam War?

In this presentation from the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, historian Julie Pham draws on interviews she conducted with 40 South Vietnamese military veterans in the United States and discusses how people may remember historical events differently. Registration is required to attend the event.

Julie Pham

Julie Pham is the CEO of CuriosityBased, a consultancy focused on fostering curiosity in the workplace. His family owns Northwest Vietnamese News. She published “Their War: Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Army in the Words of Emigrant Veterans” in 2019. She received her PhD in History from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking by using history as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across the state. Speakers Bureau is one of Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. To learn more about the Speakers Bureau, visit

• “Racebending: Adventures in a Bicultural World” with Jamie Ford, 2 p.m. Saturday May 21

Ford, an acclaimed novelist, will discuss an early example of cultural appropriation and assimilation when his great-grandfather changed his name from Min Chung to William Ford and the generational ripple effect this had on his family.

Ford will also talk about what the future may hold as we approach 2045, the year the Brookings Institute predicts people of color will become the ethnic majority in the United States.

He will explain why finding truth in historical fiction is so important and how he came to write about subjects so close to his personal past and future.

Registration is required to view the event live. A recording will be available for two weeks after the event.

Ford’s debut album, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

Her second book, “Songs of Willow Frost”, was also a national bestseller. Her novel ‘Love and Other Consolation Prizes’ was published in 2017. Jamie’s most recent novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, will be published in June 2022.

• “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” (exhibition), May-July 2022

American Asia-Pacific history has roots that cross borders and cross oceans – but the story is essentially American. This tale is featured in a series of eight posters that will be on display at Port Angeles Library in May, Forks Library in June, and Clallam Bay Library in July; it will not be on display at the Sequim Library due to space constraints.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation. Educational resources courtesy of Teaching Tolerance.

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month program series is generously supported by local Friends of the Library groups.

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