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
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!