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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

apahm-logo.pngAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asians and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture, and achievements in the United States.

About AAPI Heritage Month

The ideas that brought about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month started in the 1970s in the US Congress. After successfully establishing Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in May, 1979, the celebration expanded to a month long observance in 1990, and in 1992 May was officially designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

May was selected to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7th, 1843 and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10th, 1869 which was largely built by Chinese immigrants.

Faculty Achievements in Asian/Pacific American Studies

Andrea Louie

Andrea Louie is a Professor in Anthropology. Her research interests include: transnational migration, identity, race, Chinese diaspora, Chinese Americans, Chinese Transnational Adoption, Chinese Transnational Students, and the model minority myth.

In 2019, Louie contributed a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, 2nd Edition on International Adoption. More recently, she has been the PI on a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities on Chinese American Mothering Across Generations. 

Yijie Wang

Yijie Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research looks at the development of adolescents, particularly those from racial and ethnic minority families.

In the past year, Wang has published numerous academic articles including “Cross-race and cross-ethnic friendships and psychological well-being trajectories among Asian American adolescents: Variations by school context,” in Developmental Psychology and “Parallel Changes in Ethnic/Racial Discrimination and Identity in High School,” in Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Desiree Baolin Qin

Desiree Baolin Qin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research focuses on the mental health of high achieving Asian American students and cultural differences.

In 2020, Qin published two academic articles: “Parenting-Acculturation Match and Psychological Adjustment for Academically Gifted Chinese American Adolescents,” in Family Relations and “Crazy Rich Chinese? A Mixed Methods Examination of Perceived Stereotypes and Associated Psychological Adaptation Challenges among Chinese International Students in the United States,” in Applied Psychology.

Yuanfang Dai

Yuanfang Dai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Culture. Dai’s research focuses on feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, ethics, and cultural studies.

Last year, Dai published Transcultural Feminist Philosophy: Rethinking Difference and Solidarity Through Chinese-American Encounters with Lexington Books.

Naoko Wake

Naoko Wake is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She is a historian of gender, sexuality, and medicine in the 20th century United States and Pacific Rim.

Wake’s upcoming book, American Survivors: Trans-Pacific Memories of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, is due for release this month. In this book, Wake looks at the dualistic distinction between Americans as visitors and Japanese as victims.


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