asians in the library


totally wasn’t procrastinating by hanging out in the southeast asian history section of the library in order to get some inspirational hermione vibes …

These are my top 10 favorite books of 2015! I can’t believe that the year went by so quickly😁 I’ve read a total of 75 books this year and I’m wishing 2016 another great year of books.


This sad ass white nationalist organization called Identity Evropa is making their way across college campuses in MA and have some chapters across the country. UMass Boston is hands down the most diverse university in the Boston area and much of its students are international. The school is also located in the Dorchester neighborhood where most of the people are Black, Latinx, and are Southeast Asian. The school is also located right across from the JFK Library. Along with that, the school’s chancellor is a POC, J Keith Motley. This sorry excuse for an organization is spreading HATE. Notice how these fliers are next to fliers that promote safety and equality for POC– none of them have anything to do with white people. Please take them down if you see any. THIS IS NEO-NAZI PROPAGANDA.


Today I spent seven hours in this glorious building at my university, the Asian Library (yes it’s not a very creative name but that’s okay). The building is comprised of three floors and it’s amazing.

There are books in or about basically any Asian language you can imagine, from the more commonly-studied ones like Chinese, Japanese, and Korean to others like Tibetan, Mongolian, and Sanskrit. In total, there are eleven or so languages for which there’s a pretty large collection of books.

Some of the coolest materials I found (a very very short list): 

  • Japanese-Sinhala dictionary 
  • Mongolian-English-Japanese dictionary
  • Mongolian-German-Russian dictionary
  • a Beijing slang dictionary
  • a grammar of Hindi
  • a Chinese film with German subtitles

Basically I’ve decided where I’m gonna live from now on. 

Library boy (Namjoon || Hogwarts AU)

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Today being the last day of classes before exams, I decided to go treat myself this afternoon. This involved going to the linguistics section of one of my university libraries and reading for an entire afternoon instead of studying for my finals. 

There was lots of cool stuff, though, so it was totally worth it.

Exhibit: Book award winners during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

 May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Visit the main floor of John C. Hitt Library to view the winners of the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature during the past several years.

 The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL) is a set of literary awards presented annually by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).  Books on display include The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, also a recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, I Hotel, 2010 National Book Award Finalist by Karen Tei Yamashita, and The Making of Asian America: A History by Erica Lee, an award-winning American historian, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota.

Sport is often held up as an ideal of meritocracy and democracy where participants — regardless of race, gender, class or ability — can succeed if they work and play hard, says Kathleen Yep, head of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges and author of the 2009 sports history Outside the Paint: When Basketball Ruled at the Chinese Playground. “The racial formations of white supremacy — Jim Crow and blackness, Indian removal and Native American-ness and the Exclusion era and Chinese-ness of the early 20th centuries — seeped into and shaped civil society such as sport.”

As a result, she says,“The ‘successes’ by marginalized populations, such as the Chinese-Americans, and how they strategically used sport to mediate the prevailing ideologies and material conditions that subordinated them, is compelling because it is a different form of mobilization and empowerment than what are usually analyzed — such as union organizing, labor strikes, voter registration campaign, lawsuits and the like.”

Read more about the Chinese Basketballers of Yesteryear at the NPR History Dept.

Photo: A Chinese basketball team from the YMCA in San Francisco, 1919. Courtesy of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries.