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Asian American and Pacific Islander Resources

Background and Resources

This guide provides access to resources for educating yourself about systemic racism and some of the experiences of the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. It also includes fictional and nonfictional works by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

In the last year, over 3,800 hate crimes and cases of discrimination against members of the AAPI community were reported in the United States. This is an increase of roughly 150% compared to 2019. 

We encourage you to reach out to professionals and organizations on campus who can connect you to other resources you may need.

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TED Talks and Other Videos

Podcasts

Organizations and More Information

The United Asian Coalition (UAC), a student organization under the Diversity Support Coalition (DSC), promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion. UAC celebrates and educates fellow UNH students and community about Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander cultures. In addition to regular meetings, they organize large-scale events such as their Lunar New Year Celebration, Kosher Sushi Night, and East Meets West.

In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on March 19, 2020. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Rooted in the dreams of immigrants and inspired by the promise of opportunity, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) advocates for an America in which all Americans can benefit equally from, and contribute to, the American dream. Their mission is to advance the civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1991 in Washington, D.C.

Most Asian American timelines focus only on events related to people who arrived in the United States from Asia. However, that approach paints a misleading picture. It implies that Asian American experiences can be understood in the absence of a broader context of race and capitalism, that the history of a given population can somehow be placed outside the systems of power that organize society. It also assumes that Asian Americans share more in common with each other than with other groups of people, yet there is no single Asian or Asian American past, politics, or culture. Most people from ethnic and national subgroups considered to be Asian American don’t call themselves Asian Americans. The boundaries of Asian American identity, like the boundaries of Asia itself, are always in flux, constructed by dynamics of power that demand to be studied: imperialism, racial domination, gender oppression, labor exploitation, war, and social movements. This timeline covers nearly 600 years of history starting with the early Atlantic slave trade in the 15th Century, tracing the rise of modern nation-states, and covering events that have affected people across racial boundaries. 

The Center strives to nurture our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by expanding leadership capacity, fostering awareness of AAPI issues, creating a supportive network of AAPI women leaders, and strengthening community. 

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a New York-based national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.