To kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and give you some options to de-stress with before finals, here are our suggestions.
Read The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang.
Following the Wangs as they are reluctantly reunited, this family drama focuses on what life is like when no one is entirely honest. Charles Wang has lost the family fortune and hasn’t told his family. His children aren’t as successful as they pretend to be. And everyone is stuck in a car on a road trip that isn’t going well. Between trying to keep his family together and debating if it’s time to go back to China, Charles has to figure out what is truly best for everyone.
Listen to Black Swan by BTS.
Blending a calm piano instrumental with low, edgy-sounding lyrics, this is only one of BTS’s many hits. It mixes their usually upbeat music with their ballads for a song you can listen to at any time of day and any occasion.
Watch Detective Conan.
17-year old detective Shinichi Kudo stumbles across an illegal drug deal while at a theme park, gets knocked out and forced to drink a mystery drug. When he wakes up, he’s shrunk back to his 7-year old body. Suspecting that the dealers were trying to kill him and knowing that he can’t go back to his old life, Shinichi takes on a new identity as Conan Edogawa, a first grader with a love of detectives. Balancing his new life with trying to find the people responsible for his transformation, Shinichi realizes that the crime he’s digging into is far more complicated than he ever thought.
Watch Always Be My Maybe.
High school sweethearts who haven’t seen each other in years, Sasha and Marcus run into each other on the streets of San Francisco. With drastically different lives now, they can’t help wondering if their reunion is the chance to see if the sparks are still there and if they can be in a relationship when Sasha’s career is taking her to amazing new places.
Order from a local Asian restaurant.
Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, it doesn’t matter. Support your local business this week with a celebration of Asian cultures and some new flavors. Food is one of the most important unifying things about Asian cultures, and it’s a chance to learn more about a new culture. Bonus points if you befriend your local Asian restaurant owners.