was created at the 2007 when Asian and Pacific Islanders Americans noticed a lack of APIA representation at state and national preservation meetings. With this gap, key founders developed an API Caucus at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference. In June 2010, the API Caucus developed and hosted the first Asian Pacific Islander American National Historic Preservation Forum in San Francisco, California. The first Forum brought together Asian and Pacific Islander Americans from across the country who gathered and discussed various issues and approaches across the nation and in US territories.
Since the inaugural Forum, APIAHiP has begun to develop programs that focus on developing a greater awareness of APIA historic and cultural sites. These include the formation of an APIA Endangered Sites sub-committee and the East at Main Street national APIA history mapping project, a crowdsourcing website and mobile app for APIA historic and cultural sites. We welcome interested individuals and organizations to get involved.