Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) and I hosted a three-part series of panel discussions on Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience, that featured a diverse group of AAPI leaders and community members from across the country.  

The panel discussions aimed to provide a foundation for understanding our diverse AAPI community, discussing its culture and history, origins of prejudice and violence, and notions of identity within the AAPI community. 

All panel discussions were virtual, free and open to the public on Thursdays in May 2021.    

Resources to Foster Understanding

Thursday, May 13:  Our Diverse AAPI Community


Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience Panel 1: Our Diverse AAPI Community

Who’s who in our AAPI community? What are their histories, stories and experiences? What are their similarities and differenc​es?

  • Pawan Dhingra, Professor of American Studies, Amherst College and author of Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian Americans and the Challenge of Multiple Identities and co-author of Asian America.​
  • Michele Lew, CEO, The Health Trust
  • Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Chair and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA​ and author of Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States and co-author of The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion and Immigration.​     

Thursday, May 20:  Prejudice and Violence


Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience Panel 2: Prejudice and Violence

Where does the prejudice come from? What causes the violence? And what can we do about it?​

  • Honorable Rob Bonta, Attorney General, State of California
  • Honorable Johnny Gogo, Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Helen Hsu, Psy.D., Lead Outreach Specialist, Staff Psychologist, Asian American specialist, and lecturer at Stanford University  

Thursday, May 27:  Notions of Identity


Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience Panel 3: Notions of Identity

How does the AAPI community see and describe itself? How is it seen and described by others?

  • Thuy Thi Nguyen, President, Foothill College
  • Phillip Yun, CEO, World Affairs Council
  • Pawan Dhingra, Professor of American Studies, Amherst College and author of Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian Americans and the Challenge of Multiple Identities and co-author of Asian America.​

Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience has received community support from:

  • African American Community Service Agency
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute​
  • Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
  • Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Hindu American Foundation
  • International Children’s Assistance Network (ICAN)
  • Islamic Networks Group
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Korean American Community Services
  • LEAD Filipino
  • League of Women Voters Cupertino-Sunnyvale and Los Altos-Mountain View Area
  • North East Medical Services (NEMS)
  • San Jose Silicon Valley NAACP
  • Santa Clara County Library District
  • Stop AAPI Hate*
  • The Health Trust
  • Together We Will Palo Alto/Mountain View
  • University AME Zion Church

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