Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 2023

Departmental News

Posted:  May 01, 2023 - 12:00pm

UNM celebrates Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month,  May 2023. Click on the red links below for more information. Scroll down to read about AAPI Month, events, scholars, research, news and organizations.

[UNM] AAPI Resource Center Officially Open: Landmark Occasion for UNM’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

First 'Asian American and Pacific Islander Resource Center' Opens Up at UNM


student-5-2.jpgUNM Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC)

"The [UNM] Asian-American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC) was established during the 2021-2022 academic year as a result of an student-led initiative to create a center that supports AAPI students at UNM.student-3-2.jpg

Mission Statement: The mission of the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center is to build a sense of belonging for students of Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American Heritage during their studies at the University of New Mexico. AAPIRC also seeks to provide culturally relevant programs that cultivate Asian/Pacific Islander leaders within communities. Designation of AAPI includes East Asian, Southeast Asian, Central Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, and Arab American students at UNM. 

Vision Statement: The vision of AAPIRC is to provide a physical space where students are able to enrich their university social experience and access student services, programs, research, and educational opportunities without feeling the guilts of the "Model Minority Myth" (SC Pacific Asia Museum)."



UNM Adds Intro to Asian American Studies Class to Spring 2023 Catalog intro-to-asian-studies.jpg



Farah Nousheen, MA is the Associate Director for the newly established  Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC) at UNM. She received her masters degree from the UNM American Studies department in 2015.  Farah worked as the Sr. Academic Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences for seven years prior to her recent position as Associate Director of AAPIRC.  About the newly formed AAPIRC, she says "Foremost, AAPIRC is a space that aims to foster belonging for AAPI students. Some of our services include advisement, a study space, a meeting space for student organizations, and an annual graduation for AAPI students. We will also host a variety of cultural and educational events...Additionally, we are planning programs in collaboration with other student centers and departments on campus as well as Albuquerque community organizations. It is important to create opportunities for mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being for students. We plan to provide Asian-rooted wellness practices such as yoga, meditation, and qi gong led by AAPI instructors.” 

UNM International Studies Institute (ISI)

"The International Studies Institute (ISI) is an umbrella organization for the interdisciplinary undergraduate program in International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico. We currently offer a minor in International Studies and a Major in International Studies...ISI's vision is to advance the understanding of global issues and other regions of the world- their peoples, cultures, developments, and challenges- including those that are of strategic and economic interest to the U.S...Serving the undergraduates and affiliated faculty of each program, our mission is to provide greater opportunities for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge about today's world of the UNM campus and throughout the state of New Mexico." Learn more

The Korea-America Student Conference

UNM Department of Philosophy, PHD South Asian Focus

"Since its inception, the Department of Philosophy of the University of New Mexico has been defined by a pluralistic approach to philosophy. Diverse philosophical traditions, canons, and methodologies have always been represented.  Asian philosophy, specifically South Asian philosophy, has played a prominent role in the pluralistic mission of the department.

The Focus in South Asian philosophy at UNM is unique in that it offers graduate students interested in South Asian thought the opportunity to train as philosophers, rather than as specialists in Religious Studies or Area Studies.  It allows students to study South Asian intellectual traditions while obtaining a rigorous graduate education in philosophy that qualifies them to teach philosophy at the college level.  The Focus is currently in the planning stages to become a formal degree concentration which would appear on official student transcripts." Learn more 


May 2 6-7 pm July 4th 2020 presented by UCLA Health (virtual) Register in Advance
May 3 1-2:15 pm APASA Film Screening of "Not your Model Minority" and Discussion with Filmmaker, John Ozaki (virtual) Register in advance
May 6 10:15 am Chinese Culture Center will perform during the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Day at the Museum of Nuclear Science and History
May 11 12-1 pm "We are forever foreigners": Understanding Asian Children's Experiences of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes During the Pandemic Through Parents' Voices hosted by the UNM HSC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (virtual) Register in Advance
May 16 5-6:30 pm Building Community: Finding Your Food, Fun, & Family in Albuquerque! UNM HSC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (virtual) Register in Advance
May 18 6-7:30 pm Asian American Pacific Islander History Month Trivia Night: Light Dinner & Prizes UNM HSC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (virtual) Register in Advance
Available through June 8: Dallas Museum of Art presents Daniel James Brown, author of  Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in WWII 
Ongoing: eGirl Power AAPI Initiative: Empower (A Dedicated Safe Space, Virtual Social Gatherings, Making a Difference)
Ongoing: Home | Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center virtual exhibits, film, music and more
Ongoing: #MuseumFromHome - Asian Art Museum virtual exhibits
Ongoing: Wing Luke Museum virtual exhibits
Ongoing: Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art virtual exhibits
Ongoing: Museum of Chinese in America
Ongoing: Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast
Ongoing: The AuthEthnic Podcast
Ongoing: Dear Workplaace: Podcast by Innovators Box
Ongoing: Legends from the Pacific podcast
Ongoing: Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Storytellers 2021
Ongoing:  PBS KVIE provides an array of online/virtual programming
Ongoing: PBS WPI features scholars, podcasts, virtual programming, and more
Audiences Can Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month This May as PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Launches Special Carousel
PBS Presents: Inside Thirteen, AAPI Movers and Shakers to Watch in May

May 2022 Chinese Culture Center Preformance at the Albuquerque Nuclear Museum

Past and Present: Addressing Racism and Intolerance Against Asian Americans Virtual Panel

Albuquerque Museum Virtual Exhibit: From Invisible to Visible: the Chinese-American Experience in Albuquerque

Manvir Singh presents The Nature and Origins of Religious Super-Attractors

Manvir Singh is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. He received his PhD from the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University in May 2020. His research examines the social, cognitive, and cultural evolutionary foundations of complex cultural traditions that reliably emerge across human societies, such as music, narrative, shamanism, and institutions of justice. Since 2014, he has conducted fieldwork among the Mentawai of Siberut Island, Indonesia.

April Kamp-Whittaker presents Networks at Play

April Kamp-Whittaker presents "Networks at Play: Sports and the Archaeology of Community in a WWII Japanese American Incarceration Center." Dr. Kamp-Whittaker is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and Co-field Director of the University of Denver Amache Project. Her research at Amache, a WWII Japanese American Incarceration Center, has focused on the archaeology of community and the development of social networks and neighborhoods. She has worked on historical and prehistoric projects across the U.S. and tries to find new ways to connect audiences to archaeology through public presentations, exhibits, and curriculum.


han-2.jpeg"Dr. [Sang M.] Han is [Regents professor and Department Chair] in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and [professor in] Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his BS in Chemical Engineering with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley. Han is a recipient of Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2012 and 2014; UNM Science and Technology Corporation Creative Award consecutively from 2009 to 2014; UNM School of Engineering Senior Teaching Excellence Award in 2012; UNM Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2005; and NSF Career Award in 2001.  Han holds 10 UNM-affiliated issued U.S. patents.  He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 150 invited/contributed papers at academic institutions and conferences." Learn more

nam-2.jpeg"Dr. Sojeong (SJ) Nam joined the Counselor Education faculty [in the College of Education and Human Sciences] in Fall 2022. Dr. Nam’s research and clinical interests center on mental health disparities including mental health stigma, literacy, and help-seeking among underrepresented and underserved populations, multicultural and social justice counselor education, interventions for depression and suicidality in children and adolescents, and psychometric properties of assessment tools in counseling and counselor education." In 2023, she received the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color Mentorship Award. Learn more

lee.jpg"Dr. Hyoung “Hank” Lee is a Professor and Chair in the Department of New Mexico at the University of New Mexico. ...Dr. Lee has more than twenty-five years of research experience covering a broad spectrum of topics in radiation detection, nuclear imaging, and medical physics. He has attracted numerous research grants and contracts amounting to ~$32 million and has provided new methods and solutions in nuclear imaging beyond traditional technologies. He has published 116 peer-reviewed journal papers, 41 conference proceedings, edited a book chapter, and registered 11 patents. He was awarded the Minister’s Citation from the Government of South Korea in 2009 and the Young Faculty Award from DARPA in 2012. He is a Senior Member of SPIE and IEEE and a member of ANS and AAPM. Also, he was the Chair of Isotopes and Radiation Division of ANS from 2016 to 2017." Learn more

chi.jpgDr. Eva Chi is Professor, Regents' Lecturer and Associate Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She writes: "Our multidisciplinary research program is focused on understanding the underlying interactions that drive the structure, dynamics, and function of biomolecular assemblies. We are particularly interested in protein assemblies and their related biological consequences. For example, the misfolding and assembly of intrinsically disordered amyloid proteins into ordered fibrillar aggregates underlie the pathogenesis of a myriad of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. As the abnormal protein assembly process is believed to occur decades before the onset of symptoms, they are ideal biomarkers and therapeutic targets. We are working on developing novel molecular probes for sensing amyloid protein aggregates that can lead to early disease detection and intervention." Learn more

datye-photo.jpgDr. Abhaya Datye, Distinguished Regents' Professor, "...has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1984 after receiving his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan (advisor Johannes Schwank).  He has authored 250 publications, 7 patents and has presented 166 invited lectures around the world. His published work has received 22,221 citations with an h-index of 77 (Google Scholar).  He is a fellow of the AIChE, the Microscopy Society of America and The Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been actively involved in the North American Catalysis Society, serving as co-chair for the Denver NAM 2017, program co-chair for the Snowbird NAM 1995 and Vice Chair for the International Catalysis Congress 2020.  He was the Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis in 2010. He has served on the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Advisory board (2014 – 2020) and on the Frontiers of Catalysis board at Haldor Topsoe in Denmark. He was elected as a board member for the North American Catalysis Society (2017-2021 & 2021 – 2024) and he is serving on the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences (BESAC) advisory committee." Learn more

arora-sanjeev-cc.jpg"Sanjeev Arora, MD is a Professor in tthe Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and  the Founder and Director of Project ECHO at the UNM Cancer Center (Cancer Control & Population Science).  He writes: "... I developed the ECHO model as a platform for service delivery, education and evaluation. Using videoconferencing technology and case-based learning, primary care clinicians from rural and underserved areas are trained and mentored by ECHO’s medical specialists to deliver best-practice management of complex health conditions in their communities. A key component of the ECHO model is its innovative Knowledge Networks, in which the expertise of a single specialist is shared with numerous primary clinicians through teleECHO clinics, increasing access to care in rural areas without having to recruit, retain and fund additional providers." Read more

guo-2.jpg"Distinguished Professor Hua Guo is a theoretical and computational chemist in the UNM Department of Chemistry. Guo was elected American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow for his "...distinguished contributions to the field of computational and theoretical chemistry, particularly for theoretical modeling and predictions of chemical reaction dynamics." Using various theoretical tools, Guo research group investigates the mechanisms and dynamics of surface reactions related to heterogeneous catalysis, particularly those involved in energy conversion. His research group is interested in these studies of electronic and vibrational spectra and reaction dynamics of polyatomic molecular systems. These molecular systems are prevalent in gaseous environments such as interstellar clouds, atmospheres, and in combustion. Guo’s group develops and applies quantum mechanical solutions to understand these fundamental processes." Read more

harpalani-square.jpgVinay Harpalani, JD, PhD is a Professor in the UNM School of Law.  "...He was the recipient of the 2017 Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Awardfrom the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups; and [received] the 2016 Junior Teaching Faculty Award from the Society of American Law Teachers. His scholarship focuses on the intersections between race, education, and law, as he explores the nuances of racial diversity and identity from various disciplinary perspectives. His writings have covered topics such as affirmative action in university admissions, racial ambiguity, skin color discrimination, and the psychological development of racial identity. Professor Harpalani’s 2012 law review article, Diversity Within Racial Groups and the Constitutionality of Race-Conscious Admissions, which was published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, was cited in eight U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin I and II, and was quoted (with citation omitted) in Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent in Fisher II."Read more 

Read Dr. Harpalani's article Understanding the Nuances: Diversity Among Asian American Pacific Islanders (5/2021)

 frances-hayashida.jpgFrances Hayashida, PhD is Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII).  Dr. Hayashida brings to the LAII a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching on Latin America in the field of Archaeology, and a strong set of connections to scholars in South America. Her research examines states and empires, political economy, political ecology, agriculture and water management in arid environments, ritual practices, human impacts on the environment, craft production, beer brewing, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, and archaeometry in Andean South America (Peru and Chile).  She recently published a co-edited volume Rethinking the Inka: Community, Landscape and Empire in the Southern Andes. She and her co-editors were the 2023 recipients of Society for American Archaeology's Book Award in the Scholarly category.  Read more

 lin.jpgYan Lin, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the UNM Geography & Environmental Studies department and at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She is "...a geographer in GIS and health/medical geography with a research focus on the development of GIS and spatial analysis methods as well as their applications to gain a better understanding of relationships between human health, society, and the environment. [Her] research in GIS engages broadly in spatial analysis and modeling, and particularly spatial accessibility modeling, air pollution exposure modeling, and web-based spatial demographic research. [Her] research in health/medical geography is focused on cancer disparities and environmental spatial epidemiology." Learn more

k-park.jpgKiwoong Park, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Sociology.  He co-authored a recent paper published in PLOS ONE entitled Assessing COVID-19 Risk with Temporal Indices and Geographically Weighted Ordinal Logistic Regression in US Counties which examines "...three temporal dimensions of the COVID-19 infection risk in US counties, namely probability of occurrence, duration of the pandemic, and intensity of transmission, and investigate local patterns of the factors associated with these risks." Read more

roli7-2.jpgRoli Varma, PhD is the Carl Hatch Endowed Professor and UNM Regents' Lecturer in the UNM School of Public Administration.  "Dr. Varma's research focuses on women and minorities in information technology, Asian immigrants in the science and engineering workforce, the management of industrial research, and professional ethics. Dr. Varma's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. She is the author of Harbingers of Global Change: India's Techno-Immigrants in the United States (2006, 2007) and Managing Industrial Research Effectively (2006). Dr. Varma is an invited member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT)in the USA." Her most recent article Challenges and Opportunities: Asian Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has just been published in American Behavioral Scientist Read more

wang-jingjing.jpgJingjing Wang, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Economics at [UNM], specializing in environmental and natural resource economics. Her research focuses on the role of public policy in internalizing externalities and the performance of markets for efficient resource allocation in the context of environment, agriculture, and water. She uses quantitative tools such as integrated modeling, dynamic optimal control, and applied econometrics to solve real-world questions. Her research program is interdisciplinary and model-driven. Representative projects include urban water conservation, water trading across different sectors, livestock manure management coupled with bioenergy production, and nitrogen management in arid-land ecosystems." Learn more

yangphoto2020-2.jpg"Yuting Yang, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico, specializing in environmental and energy economics. At present, her research program is broadly focused on applied theory analysis of policy-related issues, mainly in the context of energy transition towards green and sustainable energy use. Dr. Yang received her BA in International Economics from Zhejiang University (China), her MA in Economics Development from the Vanderbilt University, and her PhD in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics (France)."  She recently published an article in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management entitled Electricity Interconnection with Intermittent RenewablesRead more

zhang.jpg"Su Zhang, PhD is the Associate Director at the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico. ...Dr. Zhang received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2017. He also has Master’s Degrees in GIScience and Construction Management. His research focuses on leveraging GIS, remote sensing, and drone technologies for infrastructure management and he has many peer-reviewed publications in this field. His project experience includes GIS/Remote Sensing applications for Geomasking, Transportation Infrastructure Condition Assessment, Emergency Management, and Web Mapping...Dr. Zhang is a member of New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC). He is also a committee member of the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB)." Read more

eguchi.jpeg"Dr. [Shinsuke] Eguchi characterizes themselves as a Critical Cultural Communication scholar. ... Dr. Eguchi's research and teaching interests are in Critical Cultural Studies; International and Intercultural Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies; Race and Ethnic Studies; Asian/American Studies; and Performance Studies. Dr. Eguchi is a recipient of the 2019 Randy Majors Award - annually recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies - bestowed by the National Communication Association's (NCA) Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns." They developed and teach the new COMM 1996-001 Introduction to Asian American Studies, first offered during the Spring 2023 semester.  Learn more

AAPI Heritage Month

"The effort to officially recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander contributions to the United States began in the late 1970s, and took over 10 years to make it a permanent month-long celebration.

In 1977, New York representative Frank Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 540, which proposed proclaiming the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye introduced a similar joint resolution the same year. When the resolutions did not pass, representative Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 1007 the following year, which requested the president to proclaim a week during the first 10 days of May starting in 1979, including May 7 and 10, as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.

After the House and the Senate passed the Resolution, President Jimmy Carter signed it into Public Law 95-419 on October 5, 1978. From 1980 to 1990, each president passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1990, Congress expanded the observance from a week to a month. May was annually designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992 under the George H. W. Bush administration with the passing of Public Law 102-540. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was renamed as AAPI Heritage Month in 2009." Read more

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presents a Care Package: Poems, Meditations, Films, and Other Cultural Nutrients for Times Like This

The US Department of State

"During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we proudly celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States and pay tribute to the generations who have enriched and strengthened our nation. The U.S. is home to millions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, representing a diverse array of cultures and traditions. Many serve here at the Department of State and throughout the U.S. government. We celebrate their contributions. In January, 2021, the White House issued a memorandum condemning and combating racism against Asian American and Pacific Islanders  and in March, 2021, announced additional actions to respond to Anti-Asian violence, xenophobia, and bias . The Department of State strongly supports these actions. We stand with the AAPI community and are grateful for their talent, contributions, and innovation across our nation."

President Joe Biden issues A Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (April 29, 2023)

" During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates the diversity of cultures, breadth of achievement, and remarkable contributions of these communities; of brave immigrants who, motivated by the promise of possibilities, picked up their lives and found new homes here; of native peoples who have stewarded these lands since time immemorial; and of community leaders shaping a brighter future for us all.  Throughout our history, they have represented the bigger story of who we are as Americans and embodied the truth that our diversity is our strength as a Nation.Read the full proclamation on the White House website

The National Parks Service Celebrates Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

nps-asian-heritage-image.jpg"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today."  Visit the National Parks website to watch interviews and learn more


Stories from the VHP: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American Veterans

"Today there are more than 300,000 living Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American veterans. The Library of Congress's Veteran's History Project honors those veterans who have shared their stories, veterans such as Kurt Chew-Een Lee, Jaden KimKenje OgataMaginia Sajise MoralesPeter Young and Veasna Rouen. The digital collection Asian Pacific Americans: Going for Broke highlights additional stories from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. (Library of Congress)."

The Archaeology of Chinese Railroad Workers at Golden Spike National Historic Site

chinese-railroad-workers.jpg"On May 10, 1869, during an elaborate ceremony at Promontory Summit in Utah, the “Golden Spike” was driven in and the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad was completed. Newspapers of the time highlighted the corporate “race to Promontory” and technological advancement, and many acknowledged the significant contribution Chinese laborers made to the project. However, these were all second-hand accounts. The voices of the approximately 11,000 Chinese workers who labored on the Railroad faded or were left out entirely. Their day-to-day experiences help tell the full story of how this incredible engineering feat was accomplished." Read more on the Golden Spike National Historic Park website

Japanese-American Internment during World War II

japanese-order.gif"In his speech to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was "a date which will live in infamy." The attack launched the United States fully into the two theaters of World War II. Prior to Pearl Harbor, the United States had been involved in the European war only, by supplying England and other anti-fascist countries of Europe with munitions. The attack on Pearl Harbor also launched a rash of fear about national security, especially on the West Coast. In February 1942, just two months later, President Roosevelt, as commander-in-chief, issued Executive Order 9066 that resulted in the internment of Japanese Americans. The order authorized the Secretary of War and military commanders to evacuate all persons deemed a threat from the West Coast to internment camps, that the government called "relocation centers," further inland."  Read more about this historic injustice at the National Archives and visit photographer Patrick Nagatani's website to see images of internment sites

The National Museum of American History: Asian Pacific American History

apac_comic_tran.jpg"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can trace their histories to a region that spans more than half the globe. They have played key roles in shaping America's past, leaving an enduring impact in areas such as work, politics, culture, and law. They have done so as immigrants, sojourners, settlers, refugees, citizens, aliens, U.S. nationals, and members of overthrown sovereign kingdoms. Join us in exploring the rich and complex histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through NMAH's collections, exhibitions, archives, and scholarly research."

FAPAC Announces Theme for the 2023 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

fapac-logo2.png"The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), premier organization representing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is proud to announce the National 2023 theme for the observance of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May: "Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity". This year's theme is a continuation of the "Advancing Leaders" theme series which began in 2021. Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity further highlights FAPAC’s efforts in advancing leaders in the Federal and DC government."

An Archaeologist on the Railroad of Death (Dr. Cyler Conrad, UNM PhD, 2018)

"As a millennial, born in 1989, I grew up with a fascination of wars past, especially movies about World War II. Nothing quite stood out like The Bridge on the River Kwai and the human experience it portrayed. It is only now, as an anthropologist and archaeologist who has conducted research in Thailand and mainland Southeast Asia, that I recognize the intersection between this film, the history of World War II, and archaeological developments within this region. David Lean’s 1957 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1952 novel The Bridge on the River Kwai was a hit. It won seven academy awards and was well-received by the public. The tale is loosely based around real events and people. But it alters the timeline and glosses over the truly horrific experience of prisoners of war—even though the production crew and cast did experience their own bouts of dysentery, leeches, monsoon rains, oppressive heat, and accidental deaths while filming on location in Sri Lanka. The cinematic version was still kinder than the reality." Read the full article

Artist Argus Paul Estabrook Developes Documentary I AM NOT A VIRUS

not-a-virus-03-makibaka_2.jpgIn collaboration with the Asian American Association of New Mexico, Korean American artist Argus Paul created a documentary project to share their thoughts and experiences in the wave of increased anti-Asian sentiment related to COVID-19. "As a Korean-American artist, I wanted to make a space for people of Asian descent to candidly express their thoughts and experiences. In early April 2020, I reached out to the Asian American Association of New Mexico to help create a collaborative documentary project, ​I Am Not a Virus.​ Defined by the restrictions of the pandemic itself, we invited participants to submit self-captured images and writings, which were then processed together to create a series of intimate, narrative-based portraiture. For the sake of anonymity, many participants chose to use pseudonyms." Visit his website to view the images and stories

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Site from the National Archives

nara_showcase_box-image-resized.jpg"The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the Asian and Pacific Islanders experience, and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media."  They have developed a website for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month featuring articles, images, and video.  Visit the site

The National Archive Asian Pacific American Heritage Month site  provides access to a variety of exhibits, documents and information. Explore a variety of artworks made by Asian American artists from the National Gallery of Art's collection. The artworks include paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and drawings, and range from the early 20th century to today.  There are also video and audio collections.

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Collection

"The AAPI Collection features more than 230 public radio and television programs in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting from 1965 to 2019 that highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures in the United States. The collection includes interviews with Asian American artists and writers, such as Maya Lin, Aimee Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Amy Tan, and Frank Chin."


The Model Minority Myth

"Since its introduction in popular media more than a half century ago, the term “model minority” has often been used to refer to a minority group perceived as particularly successful, especially in a manner that contrasts with other minority groups. The term could, by its definition and logic, be applied to any number of groups defined by any number of criteria, but it is perhaps most commonly used to frame discussions of race. In particular, the model minority designation is often applied to Asian Americans, who, as a group, are often praised for apparent success across academic, economic, and cultural domains—successes typically offered in contrast to the perceived achievements of other racial groups.

The model minority argument, however, is not without controversy and has earned the labels of stereotype and myth as critics have taken aim at both its premises and conclusions. Many point to the purpose of the argument as disingenuous insofar as it is intended to drive a wedge between different disadvantaged groups. Others claim that it is misleading because performance metrics and even representation figures do not speak to many of the biases that persist today."

Read more on Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession website The Practice

Mosuo Health and Demography Project (Dr. Siobhan Mattison)

mosuo-project-page.webp"Since 2006, this project has focused on the health, demography, and social structure of the Mosuo, a Chinese ethnic minority in Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces who practice both male-focused and female-focused forms of kinship in different communities."Read more on the field project webpage 


Orang Asli Health and Lifeways Project (OA Help) (Dr. Ian Wallace)

jermol-village-3.jpg"The Orang Asli Health and Lifeways Project (OA HeLP) is a collaboration between anthropologists and biomedical researchers to study the changing patterns of health and disease among the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia, collectively known as the Orang Asli." Read more on the field project webpage 

Vanuatu Health and Demography Project (Dr. Siobhan Mattison)

vanuatu.jpeg"Since 2016, this project has supported multiple students in investigations of family structure, function, and associations with health and socio-ecology among the Melanesian ni-Vanuatu. Current foci include understanding the effects of market integration on health and demography and investigating the evolutionary significance of adoption and fosterage, practices which are highly prevalent in the local context." Read more on the field project webpage

Dr. Lewis Binford and Chinese Anthropology (written by Dr. Meng Zhang, UNM PhD, 2019)

Shijia Zhan’s Ph.D dissertation (2018, Jilin University) systematically studied Binford’s visit to China in 1985. Supported by the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Dr. Lewis Binford and his then-wife Nancy Stone, and Dr. Chuan Kun Ho and his then-wife Aiguo Wang visited a series of archaeological sites in northern China between May 21st and July 16th, 1985. Their visit was invited by Professor Lanpo Jia at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Lew presented his research at the IVPP, Shanxi University, Shanxi Normal University, Northwest University, Beijing University, and Harbin. Paleolithic archaeological sites they visited include Zhoukoudian (Beijing), Dingcun (Shanxi), Lantian (Shaanxi), Yanjiagang and Guxiangtun (Heilongjiang). Though the corporative research plan finally failed because of several reasons, including miscommunication and difference of archaeological paradigm between the two countries, it opened a window for the future opportunities. For example, Dr. J. Desmond Clark as a co-working investigator participated the Chinese-American excavation in the Nihewan Basin in 1990. Numerous American Paleolithic archaeologists and Paleoanthropologists visited China and provided courses or talks, such as George Odell, Mary Stiner, Steven Kuhn, Rick Potts, Robert Kelly, etc. Dr. Xing Gao, the head of Paleolithic committee, Chinese society of Archaeology, working at the IVPP, was trained at the University of Arizona and got his PhD there in 1999. Dr. Shengqian Chen, the only PhD under Binford’s supervision (SMU 2004), has translated  In Pursuit of the Past  into Chinese and continued to inspire students and young scholars to deeply understand Binford’s thoughts and the New Archaeology and apply them into archaeological practice.

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Asian American/Asian Research Institute (CUNY)
Asian American Research Center (Berkeley)
6 Charts That Dismantle The Trope Of Asian Americans As A Model Minority
Asian Americans: Model or Marginalized Minority?
Countering Stereotypes about Asian Americans
Asian American Research Journal, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (Berkeley)
8 Groundbreaking Contributions by Asian Americans Through History
From Exotic to Invisible: Asian American Women's Experiences of Discrimination
Columbia University: Asian Americans Major Topics Guide
The Mental Health Impact of Anti-Asian Racism
Examining COVID’s impact on Asians and Pacific Islanders
NAMI Asian American and Pacific Islander
Asian Americans, Racial Stereotypes, and Elite University Admissions
Understanding the Nuances: Diversity Among Asian American Pacific Islanders
Washington Monthly Interviews Vinay Harpalani: Asian Americans and the Pursuit of Unhappiness
Un/Desirable Subjects: South Asian Racialization in the Age of Terror
"Revealing Reality": Four Asian Filmmakers Visualize the Transnational Imagery
Cross-National Identity Transformation: Becoming a Gay ‘Asian-American’ Man
Building Asian American and Black Solidarity for Racial Justice in Today's  America
South Asian and (Undocumented) Latino/a Immigrant Bloggers: A Critical Discourse Analysis of their Engagement with Immigration Discourses
"Fat for an Asian": The Embodiment of Asian Stereotypes in an Online Community
Racial Triangulation, Interest-Convergence, and the Double-Consciousness of Asian Americans
Dear Ohio Interviews Vinay Harpalani: Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month and Highlighting the Rise of Violence Against Asian Americans
Being Asian American Women Scientists and Engineers in the United States: Intersection of Ethnicity and Gender
NM Archives Online: Asian Law Caucus,1994-1996


White House Names Erika Moritsugu as Asian American and Pacific Islander Liaison

House Passes Bill to Counter Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes (5/18/2021)

AAPI Community Reacts to New Memorandum Condemning Racism
Albuquerque City Councilor Works on Boosting Resources for AAPI Youth
Patsy Mink was the First Woman of Color Elected to Congress. Now, her Daughter Reflects on her Legacy Amid Rise in Anti-Asian Violence
Adams Wins NYC Mayor; Wu Makes History Winning Boston Mayor
President Biden Nominates Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Michelle Kwan as Ambassador to Belize
Two UNM Professors Elected (American Association for the Advancement of Science) AAAS Fellows
[UNM] Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center Ribbon Cutting set for April 28
11 Moments From Asian American History That You Should Know
AAPI Community Concerned with Growing Violence Amid Recent Homicides
Research into Asian American Health doesn't Always Reflect Their Diversity
Amid Growing Anti-Asian Racism, A Call For More Research Into Its Health Effects
Study of Heart Disease Trends Reflects Diversity Among Asian Americans
Asian American Pacific Islander Communities Face Problematic Perceptions: Model Minority, Forever Foreigner and the Tricultural Myth Terms that Perpetuate Issues
Barbie unveils Anna May Wong doll for AAPI Heritage Month
Japanese Americans Won Redress, Fight for Black Reparations
Sang M. Han Finds the Right Chemistry as New Leader of his Department
Former UNM Professor Ravi Jain selected as National Academy of Inventors Fellow
UNM Establishes Official Partnership with Nagasaki University
Outstanding Faculty of Color Recognized by Graduate Students
How Science Overlooks Asian Americans
The Center for Asian Health Engages Communities in Research to Reduce Asian American Health Disparities
Streaming has Twice the AAPI Representation of Broadcast, Report Shows


National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum: NAPAWF
AAPI Women Lead
Asian Pacific COVID-19 Relief Fund
Society for East Asian Anthropology (A section of the American Anthropological Society)
UNM Asian American Student Association
Asian American Association of New Mexico