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Asian Pacific American History

Read about the history of Asian Pacific Americans, including books, articles, media, primary and secondary sources.

Photo: Tom Kobayashi, Landscape, Manzanar Relocation Center, California / photograph by Ansel Adams from the Library of Congress.

Who Are Asian Americans?

The term 'Asian American' generally refers to those who are of Asian ancestry and held American citizenship, individuals with origins in any of the original peoples of Central or East Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia, including, for example, Chinese, Asian Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. A more inclusive term is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AAIP).

As of 2022, there are millions of Asian Americans, with Chinese (except Taiwanese) population as the largest Asian group, followed by Asian Indian (4.9 million), Filipino (4.5 million), Vietnamese (2.3 million), Korean (2.1 million) and Japanese (1.6 million). These estimates represent individuals who reported a specific detailed Asian group alone as well as those who reported that detailed Asian group in combination with one or more other detailed Asian groups or other race(s).

~ US Census Bureau 

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