The United States is an immigrant country, so it is not a surprise to find people of many races, from various countries, and of diverse ethnicities on our campus and in our communities. This guide offers resources to help us learn more about identities contained within the Asian Pacific Islander Desi community. This guide has interesting places to visit for each ethnic group, topics of concern, and descriptions of customs and traditions that will help in learning the culture of those with APID heritage.
There are a number of terms that are used to denote Asian and Pacific Islander populations, including Asian Pacific American (APA), Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), and Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI). We use the term APIDA, which stands for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American, as a pan-ethnic classification that intentionally includes South Asians (Desi) as part of our community. There is a great diversity of identities and ethnicities encompassed under the APIDA umbrella, including East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander.
Cacahuate, amendments by Peter Fitzgerald, Globe-trotter, Joelf, and Texugo, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
SOURCES: SEARAC, Southeast Asian American Statistical Profile,2004; https://www.empoweredpi.org/; https://www.api-gbv.org/resources/census-data-api-identities
This Libguide is a living document and has received contributions from the following individuals:
Dean Paul Creason, Dr. Ramchandran Sethuraman, Stacey Toda, Jeff Sabol, David Goto, Nenita Buenaventura, Diana Ogimachi, Ariane Le, Katherine Conchada, Allison Nguyen, Amy La, Teila Robertson, Vivan Linderman, and Eleanor L. Sonido (2021). Joshua Sanchez (2022)