Who Are We?

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) come from nearly 50 countries and ethnic groups, each with distinct cultures, traditions and histories. AAPIs speak over one hundred Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects.  Today, there are approximately 16.6 million AAPIs living in the United States, or about 5.4% of the total population.  The Census Bureau estimates that the AAPIs population will reach 42.6 million persons by the year 2050, or 9.7% of the U.S population.  Asian Americans are persons having origins from East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.  Pacific Islanders are people having origins in Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.  Some of the groups are listed below:


East Asia: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Okinawan, Taiwanese

Southeast Asia: Bornean, Bruneian, Burmese, Cambodian, Celebesian, Filipino, Hmong, Javanese, Indonesian, Laotian, Malaysian, Montagnard, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese

South Asia: Afghan, Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Maldivian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Tibetan

Pacific Islands

Polynesia: Cook Islander, Maori, Native Hawaiian, Niuean, Samoan, Tahitian, Tongan, Tokelauan, Tuvaluan

Micronesia: Carolinian, Chamorro, Chuukese, Guamanian, I-Kiribati, Kosraen, Mariana Islander, Marshallese, Nauruan, Palauan, Pohnpeian, Saipanese, Trukese, Yapese

Melanesia: New Caledonian, Ni-Vanuatu, Papua New Guinean, Solomon Islander