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Media for AAPI Heritage Month

From a graphic novel showcasing original art created during Japanese American internment to a documentary on the art of tatau, honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with these great selections from the J. Willard Marriott Library's general collection.

"Citizen 13660"

By Mine Okubo

In an inspiring display of humanity, while actively being denied it, this graphic memoir uses text plus charcoal drawings to tell the story of incarceration at Topaz.

Okubo's work is on display at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts until June 30.

Check it out. 

"Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women"

Edited by Asian American Women Artists Association

This group helped put together “Pictures of Belonging,” currently on exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts also produced this book of reproductions of fine art created by Asian American women.

Check it out. 

"Where We Once Belonged"

By Sia Figiel

Published by Kaya Press, this novel from Samoan poet Sia Figiel is the first novel published in the United States by a female Samoan. It offers a compelling coming-of-age story.

Check it out.


By Albert Wendt

One of the first Samoan males to publish widely and internationally (including in the United States), this books serves as a deep commentary on Samoan life and community.

Check it out.

"Skin Stories" 

By Pacific Islanders in Communications

Enjoy this engaging documentary from a Samoan-owned publishing company about the storytelling and meaning behind tatau. It was featured in the exhibition Tatau at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in 2023.

Watch it.