The celebration takes place on the outside patio of Washington Park Library at 1316 Broad Street, Providence, RI. There will be tents if it rains or the celebration will move to the inside of the library.
Start the celebration with an introduction to Asian American History through songs and music!
Learn more about our local history of Rhode Island!
Not only will you have fun in celebration with family and friends, you will walk away with the knowledge of your state’s local history with a sense of purpose and community.
There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre (finger food) and lemonade and water. Please register for this event so we know how much food to provide. Pre-registered patrons will get a free book, ABCs of Asian American History at the end of the day. Register today!
12:30 p.m. – The Mayor of Providence, Mayor Brett Smiley will speak as the public art is unveiled to the public.
1:00 p.m. – “Nonoboy Band”, Dr. Julian Saporiti and his partner will perform their songs and will play intermittently throughout the afternoon.
Dr. Julian Saporiti is a Vietnamese Italian American songwriter and scholar born in Nashville, Tennessee. His multi-media work “No-No Boy” has transformed his Ph.D. research on Asian American history into concerts, albums, and films, which have reached a broad and diverse public audience.
2:00 p.m. – Angela Yuanyuan Feng (a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Brown University) and her associate, Julieanne Fontana, a public historian and community engagement specialist will showcase their research on Providence’s Chinatown from the 1900s.
3:00 p.m. – Presentation on The History of Anti-Asian Violence in America, Dr. Robert George Lee, Brown University, Associate Professor Emeritus of American Studies
4:00 p.m. – Give out an eBook for filling out a survey or The ABC’s of Asian Americans to families/people who registered.
For more information, visit: AAPI Heritage Month Celebration 2023.
Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners! The month-long celebration of the AAPI Heritage Month would not have been possible without the generous grant and their support. We would like to express our heart-felt appreciation for their dedication.