How you self-identify may differ from how those around you perceive your identity. How do you see yourself and how does external perception shape your own self-identity? The AAPI Heritage Month Committee is collecting testimonies related to this kaleidoscopic question of identity. We invite everyone to reflect on the many ways that we are both alike and different, and how our identities can contain multitudes that exist beyond the strictures of identity silos. You can submit your testimonies online here or visit us in person at the Library booth at the Black House Block Party on May 5th from 2-6pm. The Committee will have ice cream gift cards for participants, as well as free pastries and stationary to share in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage.
About paper flower decorations
The paper flowers we create and make today have a shared history. Early flowers were fashioned from newly invented paper in China, and then the idea traveled across the Silk Road to other regions in Asia, India, and Europe. Across the Atlantic, the Mayans developed bark-paper and had their well-established traditions of paper-like decorations, including the use of corn husks. As paper became more popular in the Americas after colonization by Europeans, the tradition also took on a new medium, paper. Paper flowers endure today and stand as a reminder of cross-cultural practices, the resilience of culture, and the interwoven movement of people and ideas across the globe.