Critical Issues Facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and the Asian Diasporas

The study and discussion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the
context of the West is uniquely complex. AAPI are held up as “model minorities,”
resulting in exclusion from many equity conversations. Additionally, AAPI are often used
as a monolithic categorization to illustrate diversity in many organizations and
institutions (e.g., higher education) masking underrepresented and underserved
communities—including communities within AAPI like Hmong, Burmese, Cambodian,
and Nepalese.