Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience

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

The panel discussions aim 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 are virtual, free and open to the public on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. PT: May 13, 20 and 27.   Panel information and registration details are below.  Live streaming will be available via Facebook​.​

Thursday, May 13:  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?

If you were unable to attend the event or would like to view or listen to it again, please find the recording here.  

  • 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

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

If you were unable to attend the event or would like to view or listen to it again, please find the recording​ here​. 

  • 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

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

If you were unable to attend the event or would like to view or listen to it again, please find the recording here​.  

  • 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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