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Asian Pacific Americans: History, Identity, and Experiences

Designed to provide context for the Fall 2021 One Book One Community experience, this guide offers resources that support learning more about the history, identity, and experiences of Asian Pacific Americans.


#Hate Is A Virus

Hate Is A Virus is a nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers to dismantle racism and hate. A movement started in 2020, Hate Is A Virus continues to amplify, educate and activate AAPI to stand for justice and equality in solidarity with other communities. We do this by mobilizing our community to participate in local and national campaigns, creating safe spaces for dialogue and education, and providing actionable steps and funding in partnership with trusted community leaders and organizations. This includes programs related to mental health, community-based solutions for safety, representation, solidarity-building, and so much more

Stop AAPI Hate

The coalition tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, we at Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training adapted to support the AAPI community.


Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) was founded in 2007 with a vision to increase civic engagement among Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). As a national, nonpartisan organization, APIAVote’s mission is to work with local and state community based organizations (CBOs) to mobilize AAPIs in electoral and civic participation.

the center for asian pacific american women

CAPAW is the Premier Organization Developing AAPI Women to be impactful and influential leaders. CAPAW is the Premier Organization Developing AAPI Women to be impactful and influential leaders. The Center for Asian Pacific American Women is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement and enrichment of leadership skills for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women through education, networking, and mentorship.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

A national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all.

NAPABA: Hate Crimes Resources

NAPABA and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum have collaborated on a hate crime/incident toolkit that provides basic and critical information for victims, community based organizations, and community leaders. Find translations in 25 different languages.


AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

The AAPI Civic Engagement Fund believes that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders must be an integral part of strengthening America’s democracy, improving the quality of life for all, and creating vibrant multiracial communities.... We will foster a culture of civic participation within AAPI communities by supporting the growth of AAPI groups as organizational movement and power building leaders that achieve specific policy, systems, and transformational change.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Advancing Justice | AAJC is the voice for the Asian American community – the fastest-growing population in the U.S. – fighting for our civil rights through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. We serve to empower our communities by bringing local and national constituencies together and ensuring Asian Americans are able to participate fully in our democracy.

The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum works to build a movement for social, political, and structural change for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls. Our experiences have gone unacknowledged and unaddressed by mainstream U.S. culture throughout our history in this country. Our intersecting identities and the impact of racism, sexism, and hypersexualization have become more visible as AAPI women have refused to be silent. We have marched; we have forged bonds of solidarity; and we are now moving forward collectively to create a safer, more just world for ourselves and our communities.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. NQAPIA is an independent non-profit organization.

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the premier leadership organization for Asian and Asian American professionals in North America, with 30 chapters, several thousand active members, and a reach of more than 20,000 professionals. Founded in 1982, NAAAP is a volunteer-run non-profit that inspires, develops, and connects leaders across industries and communities through networking and educational events, trainings, community service programs, and celebrations of Asian American excellence.

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP)

LEAP’S MISSION IS TO ACHIEVE FULL PARTICIPATION AND EQUALITY FOR ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS THROUGH LEADERSHIP, EMPOWERMENT AND POLICY. LEAP works to meet its mission by: Developing people, because leaders are made, not born; Informing society, because leaders know the issues; and Empowering communities, because leaders are grounded in strong, vibrant communities.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholars (formerly APIASF)

OUR VISION: Our vision is to see that all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means. OUR MISSION: Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a more vibrant America.

SBU Clubs and Organizations

AAPI Mentorship Program

The AAPI Mentorship Network @ SBU is a place for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students to find short- or long-term mentorship at Stony Brook University that will help them thrive at SBU and feel a genuine sense of belonging. Go to the AAPI Mentorship Network website to learn more or fill out the Interest Form to sign up.

Asian Students Alliance
Asian Students Alliance (ASA) at Stony Brook University is a cultural club that strives to provide a community of fellowship and network for the Asian American communities and organizations within and outside of ASA. Members of ASA work together to develop innovative educational, social, and cultural models and resources for the Asian American and Asian community and its multilingual/cultural education through a diverse variety of games, food and music. ASA aims to build an inclusive community in gender, class standing, race, ethnic, sexual orientation, and physical disability by fostering awareness for both the Asian and non-Asian communities on campus.

South Asian Student Alliance

The South Asian Student Alliance better known as SASA helps students find a way to incorporate their traditional lives with the modern day life of a college student. The mission of SASA is to unify the many different cultures of the South Asian community into a universal one. It is open to students of all cultures and stands as a platform of representation for the entire Stony Brook community. SASA promotes the spread of South Asian culture through academic programs cultural events and annual dance competitions.


The purpose of this organization is to serve the local Chinese American students, scholars, and residents, or anyone else interested in learning about Chinese culture. ChinaBlue will produce weekly aired radio shows through WUSB, Stony Brook 90.1 FM educating students and the public about recent issues regarding the Chinese community. Due to the multilingual aspect of Chinese dialects, the show will alternate between Cantonese and Mandarin on a weekly basis. Audiences are encouraged to call to request songs or join discussions on our weekly topic. ChinaBlue will also serve as a bridge between their audiences and other organizations affiliated with ChinaBlue by voicing and advertising through our weekly broadcasting program. Clubs affiliated with us will have the advantage to advertise and market through our services. Aside from the weekly shows, ChinaBlue will also be hosting several events throughout the semester or partner events with other clubs addressing culture awareness and appreciation.

Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers
Stony Brook Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, founded in 2012, is a professional organization that strives to empower and prepare Asian Scientists and Engineers for success in the professional workplace. In addition to professional development, Stony Brook SASE aims to celebrate diversity on campus and encourages members to become leaders in their local communities. Our community accomplishes this through our professional and social events, mentorship program and participation in SASE National and Regional conferences. SBU SASE welcomes students of all ethnic backgrounds. 

Cantonese Club

Cantonese Club is a cultural club founded in 2013 by Stony Brook students from Hong Kong and China. The clubs’ purpose is to promote and educate Cantonese/Chinese culture with the entire Stony Brook campus community. Through our events we want to show Cantonese/Chinese cultural to any individual who is interested in exploring and celebrating the culture. Along the way, we will also strive to create a fun and safe environment where our members can get to know and help one another.

Chinese Association at Stony Brook

The Chinese Association at Stony Brook, also known as CASB, is a cultural organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating Chinese and Asian-American culture through various events, as well as fostering a sense of community on-campus and beyond.  This includes hosting events such as Cultural Carnival, Bao Night, Tis the Teason, Mahjong tournaments, our annual student-run show China Night, and participating in an annual conference called ECAASU (East Coast Asian American Student Union) in an effort to gain more knowledge and continue to educate and empower our community.  We strive to create a fun and supportive environment to raise cultural awareness through conversation and fellowship. By no means are our members limited to only those of Chinese background but rather, we welcome anyone interested in joining our family. 

Global China Connection

Global China Connection (GCC) is an Intercultural Professional Organization that strives to enlighten individuals’ professional values through the introduction of Chinese languages, cultural etiquettes, and networking skills. GCC aims to promote a strong connection between Chinese and non-Chinese students through our events and by attending the National Professional Conference held by the GCC Central Office. As an organization, we foster strong bonds between individuals of many different nationalities and ethnicities to further the common purpose of developing young, interpersonal professionals.

Chinese Unity Club

CUC serves as an educational, traditional cultural learning instrument for the university and the community by organizing social events and other learning events, which promote the awareness and appreciation for Chinese culture.

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

The major aim of the SBCSSA is to promote cultural intellectual and social activities for Chinese students and scholars at Stony Brook and for other interested members of the Stony Brook community.

Korean Student Association
The Korean Student Association (K.S.A.) is a cultural organization at the State University of New York at Stony Brook that strives to empower and educate the campus community with traditional and modern Korean culture. Our annual goal is to organize and often collaborate with other organizations to create campus events that showcase the various aspects of our culture within a social and networking atmosphere. The purpose of the K.S.A. is to promote Korean awareness, unity and diversity amongst all the general student body. The K.S.A. is a voice in which students of all races and creeds may express their views, thoughts, and ideas of any matter pertaining to or focusing on students at large.

KBS Dance Team
KBS Dance Team is a performance group, with a focus on K-pop and Korean hip-hop music. Our mission is to spread awareness of Korean culture and an appreciation for Korean music through our dance performances around campus and YouTube videos. We perform dance covers of popular Korean songs as well as original choreography.

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)
Stony Brook Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) was founded in 1992 as a cultural organization open to all students to help spread Vietnamese culture. Since then we have grown to embody our mission of exploring Vietnamese traditions through foods, dances, a family program, attending neighboring school's events and celebrating national events. To further our reach in spreading appreciation of Vietnamese culture we are partners of the regional chapter, Northeast Union of Vietnamese Student Associations, and the national organization, The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations. With the help of these larger organization we are able to create a network of driven leaders within Asian American communities across the nation.

Pakistani Students Association

This organization is aimed at bringing together people of the Pakistani origin and other members of the Stony Brook community. Our main objective is to promote the identity of the Pakistani culture on campus and to create and maintain a forum to discuss issues relating to Pakistanis and to organize academic and recreational activities to promote an understanding of the Pakistani culture, music and heritage and to increase awareness and bring about integrity.

Philippine United Student Organization

The Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO) is a cultural organization at Stony Brook University. We consist of three dance teams, PUSO Cultural, PUSO Ballroom, and PUSO Modern, that perform and compete at events both on and off campus year round. Our mission statement is, “To create a social and educational environment in which Filipinx culture is advocated, discussed and celebrated.” We fulfill these goals by hosting events such as an Ate/Kuya, our club's mentoring program, SAYAW, which is Stony Brook’s largest dance competition, and PUSOfest, a showcase of our general body members and a celebration of the year’s accomplishments.

Taiwanese Students Association

Taiwanese Students Association(TSA) at Stony Brook University is a cultural organization that strives to provide a community where students can learn about Taiwanese culture. We promote Taiwanese culture through a variety of interactive events and a stronger Taiwanese presence on campus. We want to educate students of diverse backgrounds about Taiwanese heritage. Our goal is to bring diversity to the Stony Brook study body and host events that students love.


SBU Taandava strives to spread awareness of Indian Classical Dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi, etc. in the community. We accomplish this by performing in various on and off campus events. We also host an annual charity showcase, Jana Seva, in which we donate all money raised to a cause that we strongly believe in. In previous years, we have donated to organizations like Students Helping Hondurus, the Akshaya Trust, Global Education Project and Ozanam Bhavan.