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Asian American and Pacific Islander Well-Being



The “Asian American and Pacific Islander” designation encompasses a wide range of identities. While many of us see this term as another example of equating and erasing the unique experiences and traditions of a vastly diverse population, it can also be helpful in finding the shared struggles, strengths, and wisdom found in the broader Asian American experience, especially in a time where hate and ignorance is equally indiscriminate. Our pursuit of well-being frequently centers on finding the balance between internal and external expectations of belonging, of fighting assumptions about our past or background by living the fullness of who we are here, today, ourselves.

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What Pacific Islanders Want You to Know

“I had to teach myself about myself.”

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The Making of Asian America: A History

The Making of Asian America shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life, from sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500 to the Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.

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Healing Anti-Asian Hate on My Birthday

On a birthday like no other, Canyon Sam reflects on celebrating beauty, practicing joy and compassion, and the inspiration of novelist Maxine Hong Kingston in the face of an increase in anti-Asian violence.

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Who Exactly is a “Pacific Islander”?

Who exactly is a Pacific Islander and is this term even accurate to describe a real “race” anyways? The Pacific is certainly a place of wonder and mystery, covering over 1/3 of our planet’s surface, but contains some of the world’s biggest mysteries, such as just where exactly the...

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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America.

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Tender, Loving Self-Care for Asian Americans

A guide for tending to the traumas of anti-Asian violence and racism.

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Welcome to Our World | Lifting Up Pacific Islander Voices | Netflix

We are resilient, we are inclusive, and we are so proud of our heritages. Polynesian and Pacific Islander cultures deserve to be celebrated today and every day.

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Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific

A blend of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester’s Pacific, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know.

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Asian Pacific Islander Voices: Books on Food and Culture

These 15 books written by Asian and Pacific Island voices serve as a reminder to embrace foods from other cultures, welcome refugees and immigrants, and learn to and listen from one another.

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Asian American/Pacific Islanders and Mental Health

NAMI's Multicultural Action Center sponsored a listening session for the Asian American/ Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles.

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