Analyze and evaluate major social issues experienced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders including racialization, orientalism, militarization, colonization, imperialism, immigration, and climate change;
Critically analyze the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality, class, citizenship, age/generation, and/or language in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities;
Describe the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and assess the growth and diversity of this community;
Recognize theories and knowledge produced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders;
Identify Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in resistance and social struggles, solidarity work, and/or other examples of their participation in social and institutional transformation for racial justice and equity.
Like many groups discussed in this module, Asian Americans represent a great diversity of cultures and backgrounds. The experience of a Japanese American whose family has been in the United States for three generations will be drastically different from a Laotian American who has only been in the United States for a few years.
The experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are diverse and different groups have experienced different intergroup consequences. To survive and thrive in U.S. society, many Asian Americans formed ethnic enclaves which is a form of separatism and others advocate for pan-Asianism to challenge oppressive and discriminatory practices.
To produce a sense of racial solidarity, Asian American activists framed social injustices in terms of race, veiling other competing social categories such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. The relative absence of gender as a lens for Asian American activism and resistance throughout the 1970s until the present should therefore be read as neither an indication of the absence of gender inequality nor of the disengagement of Asian American women from issues of social justice.