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Asian Heritage Celebration: FAQ

The goal of this guide is to increase awareness of the vast diversity of experience within Asian Heritage.



AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander)

AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander)

AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian)

APA (Asian/Pacific American)

APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American)

NHOPI (Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders)

Countries in Asia-Pacific

Countries in Asia-Pacific

  • Afghanistan
  • American Samoa
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Burma
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong, China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Macao, China
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Are You “AAPI” or “Asian American”?

What does "Model Minority" mean?

The Model Minority Myth Video

The Model Minority Myth

This video explores the model minority myth, introduced in the 1960s by publications such as The New York Times Magazine and U.S. News & World Report, applied on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and examine the realities and experiences of this non-monolithic community.

Why Asian Americans are not the Model Minority Video

Why Asian Americans are not the Model Minority

Confined within the boundaries of the model minority myth, Asian Americans are commonly perceived as a mass of indistinguishable overachievers who are all “smart” and “good at math.” However, these seemingly positive stereotypes can have a detrimental impact on not only Asian Americans, but also race relations in general.

The Model Minority Trope, Explained Video

The Model Minority Trope, Explained

The term “Model Minority” has long been used to paint a broad picture of Asian-Americans as smart and hardworking, wealthy, and well-behaved. And while this has been seen as a more positive stereotype compared to past caricatures, it similarly diminishes the nuanced realities of peoples’ individual lives, and sets expectations that can lead to further disadvantages and discrimination.

Asia Sub Regions Map

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Map: Asia (location), subregions as delineated by United Nations geographic classification scheme, except *:

  •   territories geographically, wholly or partially, in Eastern Europe