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Media List for APIDA Heritage Month 2020

Since we cannot be on campus this semester to recognize and celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month this April, we want to recognize the month in a virtual manner by gathering and sharing out media items that hold themes of APIDA identity, empower & advocate, dispel stereotypes, raise awareness, and explore the diversity of Asian heritage.

See below for the suggestions gathered from our community.


  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Dear Girls by Ali Wong
  • Floating, Brilliant, Gone by Franny Choi
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (also a movie)
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri


  • Always Be My Maybe (available on Netflix)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (also a book by Kevin Kwan)
  • The Farewell (available on Amazon Prime Video)
  • Moana
  • Our Little Sister
  • Parasite (available on Hulu)


  • American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
  • Minding the Gap (available on Hulu)
  • The Problem with Apu 
  • Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives (available on Netflix)

TV Shows

  • Fresh off the Boat (available on Hulu)
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (available on Netflix)