UCLA releases AAPI Nexus Journal special double issue, “Forging the Future: The Role of New Research, Data, and Policies for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders”

Senior Editor: Marjorie Kagawa-Singer | Guest Editor: Shirley Hune

The “Forging the Future” special double issue is arguably the most comprehensive publication to date on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), demographic data trends, and federal policy—including policy briefs on Civil Rights, Economic Development, Education, Health, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders by over 50 leading AANHPI scholars, applied-researchers, and community leaders from all over the nation. Answering President Barack Obama’s call to increase participation by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in federal programs, UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center is spotlighting ways to improve education, healthcare and housing for traditionally under-represented groups, like Native Hawaiians and Hmong Americans, with this pioneering new AAPI Nexus journal special issue. The release of this journal coincides with the second anniversary of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), established on October 14, 2009, when President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13515: “Increasing the Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs.” The special issue includes activities of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2009–2011, and research originally presented at a WHIAAPI convening on research and data collection in December 2010.

Please join the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Center for American Progress’s Progress 2050 for a special presentation of this special issue on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 9am-2pm, at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC. The event can also be viewed via streaming video at:


The full video will be posted on the Center for American Progress website link above on Monday, October 31, 2011.


This publication was made possible through the generous support and sponsorship by Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), University of California, Asian American Pacific Islander Policy Multi-Campus Research Program (UC AAPI Policy MRP), Ford Foundation Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime Initiative, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Institute for Asian American Studies, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Ford Kuramoto and Lois M. Takahashi.

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