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Remembering Our Past for a Better Future: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is easy to forget your history. It is particularly easy to forget if your history is neither a part of the mainstream American historical narrative nor included in our history books. Asian American Pacific Islanders face this challenge.

Why Calling Asian Americans a 'Model Minority' Glosses Over Crucial Issues

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Vivek Wadhwa

The "model minority" label makes things worse for large sections of these communities, because their needs are often overlooked or misunderstood and then rarely addressed in government programs and by social-service organizations. Lack of disaggregated data perpetuates this label.

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the incredible diversity within our community and the significant contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to this nation. It is also a time to reflect on the trials and tribulations our community.

Celebrating Contributions and Enduring Racism: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

As we celebrate our rich AAPI history during the month of May, we remember the story of Madama Butterfly and the lessons it teaches. We must keep in mind how destructive racism and sexism can be towards AAPI women.

Challenging Dual Stereotypes: The Reality for LGBTQ AAPI Communities and How Foundations Can Help

Lyle Matthew Kan | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Lyle Matthew Kan

There is a pervasive cultural myth that all gays are rich, and that all Asian Americans are overachievers. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and AAPI are therefore often assumed to be better off. However, these misconceptions all too often mask real struggles and hardships faced by LGBTQ AAPI communities.

Register for the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Please join us for the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on May 12, 2015, at The George Washington University in ...

Recap: 2015 National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

On February 25, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders held its second National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community Google+ Hangout.

Calling All Students: Apply for the Summer 2015 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.25.2015 | College
Kiran Ahuja

As America’s population becomes increasingly diverse, it is important to have this diversity reflected in the federal workforce. Although Asian ...

National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout: February 25

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

After the great engagement from last year's National Community Google+ Hangout, we are eager to continue the conversation on advancing the AAPI community this year and beyond.

Domingo Carino's #GetCovered Story

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Kiran Ahuja

Domingo Carino arrived in the U.S. from the Philippines in 1998. Domingo recently developed a health condition that he desperately needed medication for but couldn't afford without health insurance. He applied for Medicaid but after waiting two months, he was denied coverage. Discouraged, Domingo wondered if there was anything or anyone who could help him.

Kalwis Lo's #GetCovered Story

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Kiran Ahuja

He learned that the Affordable Care Act created a temporary Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan program. He enrolled in the program, allowing him to afford the chemotherapy treatments he needed. Today, because of the Affordable Care Act, Kalwis is cancer-free and living a healthy life.

Peter Yang's #GetCovered Story

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Kiran Ahuja

He now has a $35 copay for each visit and pays $10 each month for the medication he needs. Now that Peter has access to care, he no longer falls asleep randomly, especially when driving.

2014: Year in Review for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

WHIAAPI is honored to share with you a number of memorable moments in 2014. Please check out some of our photo and video highlights from the year and tweet your favorites using the hashtag #WHIAAPI.

'If You Want to Be Happy for a Lifetime, Go Help Someone Else' -- at Home and Abroad

Nancy Brown | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"I've never regretted it. Any misgivings about being away from my family and my business flee as soon as I see a 2-year-old who'd come in with a cracked lip and a cracked palate who looks good now, or the old person who gets to see again after 10 years. That is my reward."

Empowering AAPI-Owned Businesses Through Federal Resources

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Kiran Ahuja

This blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. With the holidays coming up, it is an opportune time for us to recognize the businesse...

Strengthening the AAPI Community Through New Bullying Prevention Efforts

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

When children are singled out because of a shared characteristic --such as race, sexual orientation, or religion -- or a perceived shared characteristic, the issue not only affects that individual but the entire community.

Data.gov/AAPI: More Than Just Numbers

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was posted on the White House Blog. Did you know that 3 in 4 Asian Americans speak a language other than English a...

September 30: Stakeholder Call on the Launch of Data.gov/AAPI

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on September 24, 2014. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific...

Announcing New Partnerships to Expand Opportunity for AAPIs

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

WHIAAPI looks forward to making progress on these partnerships in the upcoming months and creating exciting new opportunities for the AAPI community.

Navigating Federal Grants, Training, and Resources

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders...

Honoring The Legacy Of Yuri Kochiyama

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Today, we honor the legacy of Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese-American activist who dedicated her life to the pursuit of social justice, not only for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, but also all communities of color.

Kenneth Bae: When One Hurts, All Hurt

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

May is AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) Heritage month. During this month, we need to remember the case of Kenneth Bae. We need to make a moral appeal for his release and put the spotlight back on his case.

Remembering Our Long Legacy and Contributions to America: AAPI Heritage Month

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The effort to eradicate racism from our society needs to involve more solidarity, replacing charity and commiseration. We cannot continue to believe that racism does not exist except when someone makes a racist remark.

Celebrating the Diverse AAPI Experience: 2014 AAPI Heritage Month

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

This month, community and government leaders will join to celebrate and re-dedicate themselves to the ongoing work of improving the well-being of the AAPI community. Together, we will reflect on the theme of "I Am Beyond" -- a theme that captures the depth, breadth, and dignity of the AAPI experience.

Urging the AAPI Community to #GetCovered by March 31

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on March 28, 2014. A trained assistor helps a community member sign up for heal...