Understanding the Term AAPI and What it Means
Here's what you need to know about the term AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) and what it means.
AAPI stands forAsian Americans and Pacific Islanders.According to theAsian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, the term includes"all people of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander ancestry who trace their origins to the countries, states, jurisdictions and/or the diasporic communities of these geographic regions." Read on to learn more about the identifier, including the controversial history behind it, as well as other terms related to AAPI people.
Where does the term AAPI come from?Dr. Dawn Lee Tu, faculty director of professional and organizational development at De Anza College explained toNBC Newsthat the term"Asian American" was coined by student activists in 1968 as a way to unify various Asian ethnic groups in a resistance against imperialism in Southeast Asia. Then, in the 1980s the U.S. Census Bureau created the category"Asian Pacific Islander," though in 2000,"Asian" and"Pacific Islander" became two separate racial categories. So, while the term AAPI does bring the two terms back together, it is important to recognize that they are two distinct groups with very different experiences.
Related StoryWho may identify as Pacific Islander?Someone may identify as Pacific Islander if they or their family come fromregions that include countries like, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and many more.Who may identify as Asian?One may identify as Asian ifthey have"origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam," headtopics.comRead more: Seventeen »
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