What Belonging Means to Asian Pacific Islander Individuals

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What Belonging Means to Asian Pacific Islander Americans


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As Asian and Pacific Islander Individuals, we have lengthy fought for our voices to be heard. And whereas we have traditionally been ignored, a current spike in focused violence towards our group has compelled a nationwide reckoning. Our nation is at an inflection level and able to hear.

“We belong right here.” Sandra Oh’s impassioned cry at a Cease Asian Hate rally serves as our inspiration for CelebrityPie’s first-ever APIA Heritage Month vacation spot. Because the actress stated, “For many people in our group, that is the primary time we’re even capable of voice our concern and our anger.” We have continued to see our power examined and have repeatedly drawn upon the resilience this nation has required of us, but it surely’s time our energy and our tales be acknowledged. We aren’t guests or monoliths.

We’re pleased with our heritage, however we can not totally belong in a rustic the place we’re unsafe, gaslit, and othered; the place our place of origin is threatened and our tradition is co-opted. Echoing Sandra’s phrases as soon as once more, we challenge a problem: “For those who see considered one of our sisters and brothers in want, will you assist us?” Transcend ordering out of your native Chinese language takeout place. Dig deeper than social media reposts. Say one thing if you happen to observe violence or racism. Make area on your colleagues and associates. Be taught our historical past and our names. This month, let’s take a second to understand (and have a good time) the APIA expertise.

What Belonging Means to Asian Pacific Islander Individuals

At CelebrityPie, we’re honoring Asian and Pacific Islander Individuals with a collection of private essays, interviews, and options celebrating our successes, unpacking the complicated points we proceed to face, and trying to the long run with hope.

Whereas the time period AAPI has historically been used to symbolize our group, we consciously and punctiliously selected the acronym APIA over AAPI as a result of it encompasses a message that ought to already be clear: We’re all Individuals. Whether or not you are East Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, full or half — the moniker does not belong to 1 group, one identification.

Really belonging means acknowledging we’re all Individuals, no matter our tales. As two APIA editors, we acknowledge the vastness of this group. Yerin is a third-culture Korean American; Karenna is second-generation Hapa with Hawaiian, Samoan, and Maori heritage. Our roots are totally different but our mission is similar. We hope this celebration evokes motion and reminds you, our fellow APIA, that you’re not alone. We belong right here.

— Yerin Kim and Karenna Meredith



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