The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN), the Brookline Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, and the Public Libraries of Brookline invite the Brookline Community to an Annual Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Celebration.

The Celebration kicked off on Wednesday, May 15th, with BAAFN’s 9th Annual Essay Contest Award Ceremony. The Award Ceremony will be held at the Coolidge Corner Theatre from 6-8 pm. The Keynote Speaker for the evening will be Mira T. Lee, Author of Everything Here is Beautiful. We are looking forward to an evening of celebration and recognition of outstanding essays! The event is free, but tickets are required. Visit 9th BAAFN ESSAY AWARD CEREMONY Tickets, Wed, May 15, 2024 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite to reserve yours! For questions regarding the Essay Award Contest Ceremony, please contact co-chairs Susan Park and Giles Li at baafnessay@gmail.com. A Special Thank You to our Sponsors for generously donating to ensure that this Essay Contest and Award Ceremony continues to be an annual highlight for Brookline students and families – The Brookline Community Foundation, BAB Korean Bistro, Mint Julep, Praise Shadows Art Gallery, Olive Connection and The Sapoznik Family, Council of Korean Americans, The Park Family and Giles Li.

The 2nd annual AAPI Heritage Celebration Event will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 11 AM to 3 PM, beginning at Hunneman Hall in the Brookline Village Library and culminating at Brookline Town Hall. This community celebration focuses on AAPI stories and art and features an author discussion, student performances, and exhibits of student artwork. There will also be food, puppet performances, arts and crafts, games, prizes, and more.

This year, our Featured Author is Vincent Yee, a BHS alum, local Author, and the Creator of the World of Azen. Beginning at 11 AM, hear how he wrote this fantastical 5-book series in 6 months and why portraying Asian American superheroes is so important with Special Guest Moderator Stephanie Fan, a long-time Brookline resident and advocate.

Student Performances will follow the discussion and will include performances from Baker’s Fan Dance and KPop teams, the Triveni Dancers, the Brookline High School Popcorn Dance Club, and Guzheng, Hulisi, and Chinese Drum performed by students from the Brookline Chinese School. Brookline Interactive Group will record these presentations, and a video will be available for viewing afterward.

Following the performances, we invite you to join us at Town Hall for various crafts, fun, and food at Town Hall. For more information about this year’s Celebration as well as the Brookline Asian American Family Network’s 9th Annual Essay Contest Award Ceremony, visit: https://baafn.weebly.com/2024-aapi-heritage-month.html

Immediately following the annual AAPI Celebration, we welcome you to join the Public Libraries of Brookline for an hour-long concert celebrating the works of Rabindranath Tagore. Vocalist Maitreyee Chakraborty will sing Tagore’s compositions, ornamented by the melodic movements of acclaimed sarodist Pt. Anirban Dasgupta. Hirak Modi will accompany the duo on harmonium, and Koushik Chakraborty will play tabla.

Translations of the lyrics will be displayed on the screen. For more information about this concert, visit:

https://www.brooklinelibrary.org/events/event/songs-of-rabindranath-tagore/

Lastly, from May 1st through the end of the month, we invite you to visit the Brookline Village Library to view an exhibit by local Brookline Artist Yoonkyoung Ahn (안윤경) showcasing Korean traditional artistry.

For more information or to request any accommodations or language access, please reach out to Caitlin Starr, Assistant Director in the Brookline Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, at cstarr@brooklinema.gov or at 617-730-2345