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Asian and Pacific Island American History, Culture & Arts

Asian-Pacific Americans

Who Are Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans?

Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans are a distinctive group comprised of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants from the Far East (i.e., East Asia), Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands (i.e., Oceania), and the Indian subcontinent (i.e., South Asia). While Asian-Pacific Americans share much in common, they each have their own histories, cultures, and languages, among other unique characteristics.

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