Through May, we’re celebrating the many people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage whom we’ve been blessed to have as part of our Sumner community, both in the past and present. We thank everyone whose tenacity, dedication and optimism help make Sumner a better place. May we continue your tradition of moving forward. If you would like to join in on the celebration, check out some local events below.

Local Events:

Author Daniel James Brown: Facing the Mountain(MAY 21) – With the wild success of his Seattle history The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown’s focused his latest book, Facing the Mountain, on four Japanese American families and their sons, who volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. For this program, the author will be joined in conversation with Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center Local Artist Showcase (MAY – JUNE)Jim Kurihara and Keven Furiya are the May – June featured artist. Visit the link above for APCC gallery hours.

Languages of Memory: A South Sound Japanese American Day of Remembrance – (MAY 17) Join for a free community program commemorating the 80th anniversary of the wartime eviction of more than 700 Japanese American people from Tacoma on May 17 and 18, 1942. WSHS is partnering with writer and public historian Tamiko Nimura and Tacoma Arts Live to present “Languages of Memory: A South Sound Japanese American Day of Remembrance” at the Washington State History Museum.

TAG Festival: Together… in Art and Glass (MAY 22) – TAG Festival is a free event open to the public and will showcase glass artists, muralists, potters, ceramicists, live entertainment and more. Encompassing Pacific Avenue from the Tacoma Art Museum to the Washington State History Museum, the TAG Festival will include a Guma Imahe, Korea, Japan and Tahiti Cultural Display.

Kanopy (ONLINE) – Gain appreciation for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage with a variety of films in Kanopy’s AAPI Heritage Month collection. Kanopy is a free online service for public library card holders and university students.

ArtsWA (ONLINE) – ArtsWA has put together a digital collection featuring artists of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage who are a part of Washington’s State Art Collection. Enjoy the rich and varied creative expression of these artists through drawings, paintings, cut paper, collage, photographs, ceramics and more. Take a look at where their art is on display throughout the state.

Chinese Reconciliation Park(ONLINE) Take a stroll through Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park. Designed around the backdrop of a Chinese garden and intended as a place of healing and harmony, the park allows visitors to walk through a Chinese garden and enjoy the views of Commencement Bay. Can’t make it in person?

Asian Pacific Directors Coalition(ONLINE) The Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC) in partnership with Seattle Center Festal have a variety of virtual events taking place now through May 31. The Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month events include Asian Pacific Islander business success, how to facilitate inclusive virtual meetings, bystander training, a diversity panel and more. 

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