AAPI Heritage Fest in San Jose


SAN JOSE – The San Jose Public Library’s Village Square Branch hosted the Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Fest last May 13.

The event is just one of the multi-cultural events promoted by the library. The year-old library is located in one of the most diverse area of Silicon Valley, supported by District 8 Councilmember Sylvia Arenas and District 7 Councilmember Tam Nguyen.

The Library partnered with the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health’s Ethnic & Cultural Advisory Committee (ECCAC), adding a message of mental health to diversity.

Disaster Support Network for the Philippines was also present and gave away potted plants and coconut water with their message of food security in the community and in disaster areas.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department conducted a survey of Asians in the County to allocate resources, plan services and program development, address health and social inequalities and disparities.

Era de Castro, Carlo Castuciano, Eileen Cordero and Thong Le from ECCAC worked with library staffers Michelle Amores, Kim Nhung Nguyen and Candice Tran to put together a fun-filled afternoon of cultural performances, arts and crafts, refreshments and giveaways. The community got a taste of good old turon. Jasmine Amores and Amber Meadows performed hula and Tahitian dances. Warm the World’s colorful Chinese number dazzled the audience. (HB)