Research & Advocacy
AAPI Nexus Journal: AAPIs 2040 Issues ("Special Issue on AAPIs 2040" 14:2 (Fall 2016))
The UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and member organizations of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans have released two AAPI Nexus Journal publications that challenge AAPI community leaders to examine where we've been, where we are, and where we want to be in 2040.
Guest-edited by S. Floyd Mori and Elena Ong, the special "AAPIs 2040" issues contain essays by community leaders and scholars. Using population projections of AAPIs in 2040, these publications serve to inform policy makers at the local, state and federal level on AAPI communities and the AAPI electorate, and to help develop and advocate for leadership and a policy trajectory that will serve as a foundation for AAPIs in America's future.
Executive Director Michelle Magalong and Board Member Dr. Dawn Mabalon co-authored an essay in the latest issue entitled, “Cultural Preservation Policy and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Reimagining Historic Preservation in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities”.
Historic and cultural preservation is a significant issue for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) seeking to safeguard important historic places, preserve unique cultural practices, and receive official recognition of civic contributions. However, few sites associated with AAPI history and cultures have been recognized as landmarks. With the fiftieth anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service have embarked on an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Initiative to explore how the legacy of AAPIs can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations. To understand what we could be commemorating on the act’s fifieth anniversary, this essay offers policy recommendations for preserving, landmarking, and interpreting AAPI historic and cultural sites into 2040 and beyond.
A PDF copy of this essay can be found here.