“Asian American” was coined in the late 60’s by activists who wanted to rally together all groups of Asian descent under one larger umbrella for greater presence and influence in political matters. The term was first used as the name of a student organization at University of California, Berkeley: Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA).
Now and throughout history, Asian Americans have come together to demand change and speak out against discrimination. Notable events include the petition for ethnic studies and Asian American studies courses to be taught in colleges, and the protest of the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man killed by two white men. Amidst the ongoing Asian hate crimes, we have and will continue to collectively mobilize and make our community’s presence and diversity.
Pervasive stereotypes harm Asians Americans in the United States. The model minority myth that Asian Americans achieve success in society simply by working hard is divisional by design, separating Asians from other communities of color. It also conceals the fact that Asians have the largest income gap in America, erasing the presence of many Asian ethnic groups and refugees who live at drastic poverty levels.
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