Asian American & Pacific islander Collection

Asian American Collection Dragon and student

With a generous grant from the Robert N. Chang Charitable Foundation, the Mission College Library created the Asian American Collection and Speaker Program. The name was recently changed to include Pacific Islanders.

Up Coming Asian American & Pacific Islander Speaker:
  • TBD

Asian American & Pacific Islander Collection

The Asian American & Pacific Islander Collection is a special collection of the Mission College Library. The collection showcases writings by and about all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, with an emphasis on Chinese Americans. It documents the impact they have made on American society.

The collection includes books as well as audiovisual materials. It describes and documents the unique history, culture, and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who strive to be successful in American society while maintaining their ethnic identities and cultural heritage. It includes a wide selection of materials from the immigrant experience, and illustrates how the immigrants have made an impact on society. It reflects the challenges of youth who are growing up in two cultural worlds: the world of their parents and grandparents, and the world of contemporary America. A concerted effort has been made to build a thoughtful and balanced collection that not only supports the curriculum, but also promotes cultural awareness.

The collection’s unique resources are available to both the immediate community and beyond through the library’s participation in LINK+, a multi-state interlibrary loan program.

The Asian American & Pacific Islander Collection and Speaker Program serves to honor the history and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, raise the general awareness of their cultures and values, and provide inspiration for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and others seeking role models.


Donations in any amount are appreciated. Every dollar raised will help Mission College Library expand the special collection and speaker program. Information on the different donor levels is included on the donor form.

All contributions are tax-deductible. The West Valley-Mission Advancement Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. West Valley-Mission Advancement Office14000 Fruitvale Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070-5698.


Past Asian American & Pacific Islander Speaker Events: