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We Need To Talk : AAPI Inclusion

Companion guide to the panel series, We Need To Talk, sponsored by the University Libraries and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs with livestreaming by UNLV TV.

Our Panelists

Many thanks to our guest host: Mark Padoongpatt, PhD, Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies program

Kathy Sisolak, Nevada’s First Lady

Jean Munson, NEW Leadership Nevada program coordinator, UNLV’s Women’s Research Institute of Nevada 

Craig Valdez, chair of the Clark County AAPI Community Commission 

Radhika Kunnel, co-founder of the South Asian Women's Alliance 

Are All Asian American Experiences Created Equal?

Since the inception of the Asian American Movement, Filipino Americans, South Asian Americans, and Southeast Asian Americans have consistently vocalized feelings of marginalization and exclusion within the pan-ethnic group. Filipino Americans have described discrimination from other Asian Americans, including being told they are “not Asian enough”; being stereotyped as inferior or uncivilized; or being completely overlooked or excluded altogether. 

South Asian Americans have shared how they are excluded from the Asian American umbrella because of their cultural, religious, and racial/phenotypic differences – resulting in lack of representation in Asian American Studies, narratives, and media representations.       

Southeast Asian Americans have reported feeling like “other Asians” and being stereotyped as being inferior to East Asian Americans. Across all of these subgroups, individuals from these three subgroups describe a common narrative that “Asian” usually refers to East Asians – resulting in feelings of marginalization and invisibility within the Asian American umbrella.

We need to talk about the South Asian American experience!



Local South Asian and Pacific Islander Organizations

News You Can Use

The South Asian American Experience

Research on South Asian and Pacific Islander Student Experiences

Wisdom from the Stacks

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