Last week, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) held our first National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout. With the theme "Expanding Opportunity for AAPIs," we launched several efforts to better connect the AAPI community with the federal government.
Today, we honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu so we will never forget the injustices inflicted upon innocent citizens who were incarcerated, treated like second-class citizens, and denied due process and equal protection guaranteed to them by the Constitution.
Speaking just miles away from Angel Island, President Obama reminded us about one of the defining promises of America that we are a nation where no matter who you are, what you look like or where you come from, you can make it if you try.
A common thread in the production and appreciation of all art is a singular idea with many facets and applications: perception. The Visibility Project confronts ideas of perception through photographs taken of "Asian American queer, women, trans and gender non-conforming folks."
The VRA has protected Asian Americans from discriminatory voting changes for decades and the decision ignores the discrimination and disenfranchisement that Asian Americans have encountered in voting over the years. For this reason, Asian Americans will march.
Asian American and Pacific Islanders do so well in gaining acceptance into places like Harvard -- where they make up 21 percent of the class of 2016 -- the suggestion is that all is fine when it comes to education in the AAPI community.