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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Month


“If you be taught one thing from individuals, or from a tradition, you settle for it as a present, and it’s your lifelong dedication to protect it and construct on it…”

Yo-Yo Ma

This month, across the nation, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) group is being celebrated. Festivals, documentaries, and particular occasions will deal with the distinctive contributions that this splendidly various and rising inhabitants continues to make in the US.

Do you know?

Over 50 totally different and really various ethnic teams fall inside the AAPI umbrella, hailing from the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, together with Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. It additionally contains Native Hawaiians.

In the US, roughly 22.9 million individuals, or about seven p.c of the inhabitants, identifies as being Asian American or Pacific Islander, in accordance with data gathered in 2019. This quantity is predicted to double by 2050. (Learn extra from the Pew Analysis Heart)

People first began celebrating AAPI month in 2009. The month of Might was chosen as a result of:

> The primary Japanese immigrants arrived in the US on Might 7, 1843

> The transcontinental railroad, constructed primarily by Chinese language immigrants, was accomplished Might 10, 1869

> Total, 62% of AAPI adults over the age of 24 have accomplished an affiliate diploma or larger.

13 p.c of affiliate’s levels and 35% of bachelor’s levels conferred to AAPI graduates had been in STEM fields, larger than the proportion conferred to White, African American, Hispanic, or Indian/Alaskan Native college students, or college students of two or extra races.

Cultural Affect

Asian American and Pacific Islanders proceed to form all facets of our society, leaving an imprint on enterprise, politics, and science, in addition to leisure, common tradition, and sports activities.

Kalpana Chawla (First Indian-born lady in house)

Steven Chen (Co-founder of YouTube)

Cecilia Chung (Activist)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Actor)

Kamala Harris (Vice President of the US)

Yo-Yo Ma (Cellist)

Indra Nooyi (Pepsico CEO)

I M Pei (Architect)

Keanu Reeves (Actor)

Amy Tan (Writer)

Vera Wang (Clothier)

Tiger Woods (Athlete)

Eric S. Yuan (Zoom CEO)

Liaison is proud to affix on this month’s celebration—recognizing the wonderful contributions and affect that this various inhabitants has on our society.

Sources:

https://pnpi.org/asian-americans-and-pacific-islanders/
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/04/29/key-facts-about-asian-americans/
https://www.naspa.org/e-book/asian-americans-and-pacific-islanders-in-higher-education
https://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/

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