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An educator’s guide to equity for Asian American and Pacific Islander people

By Virginia Nguyen and Stacy Yung
June 2021
Take a moment to reflect on your knowledge of Asian American and Pacific Islander people and their contributions to history. Can you list three or more famous Asian American and Pacific Islander people and their contributions? Now, can you list three more? Compare that to your knowledge of white men. Most of us can list six famous white men and their contributions far more easily. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing American population (Budiman & Ruiz, 2021), covering more than 20 ethnicities and 20 million citizens. Yet their contributions to the U.S. and the world are often left out of school curricula and cultural consciousness. Asian American and Pacific Islander people commonly report feeling invisible and considered perpetual foreigners in the United States. Where does that

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Virginia Nguyen (@VirginiaHNguyen) are cofounders of Educate to Empower (contactedutoempower@gmail.com). 

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Stacy Yung (@stacyyung) is cofounder of Educate to Empower (contactedutoempower@gmail.com).


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