CRIM 250 Domestic Violence (Whyte): Asian and Pacific Islanders

Finding Information

(from SART website) Be aware that broad generalizations about the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community are difficult and often inaccurate because of the U.S.’s classification of this diverse and disparate group of people.

The Asian and Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) uses the term “Asian and Pacific Islander” to include all peoples of Asian, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander ancestry who trace their origins to the countries, states, jurisdictions, and the diasporic communities of these geographic regions.

In the United States, the Census Bureau has historically grouped “Asian and Pacific Islanders” together using a very broad brush, cutting across many countries and cultures. For instance, the Census Bureau groups peoples from countries as disparate as Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Further complicating this grouping is the wide disparity of actual ties to the country of descent among persons described as API. These individuals can be fifth-generation Americans, like the gosei of Japanese descent, who have only tangential ties or understanding of Japanese culture, but APIs can also be those who have recently arrived to the United States and have strong linguistic and cultural ties to their country of origin.

The Pacific Islands include countries and U.S. territories such as Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Guam, Tonga, Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Hawai’i, Samoa, and Tonga.

The April 2018 factsheetPacific Islanders and Domestic & Sexual Violence, provides a compilation of information on Pacific Islander diversity and identities including resources for Pacific Islander survivors and advocates. This resource seeks to generate awareness about the frequently overlooked Pacific Islander community.

Find more information on API immigrants.

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Against Asian and Pacific Islander Women
The National Organization of Asian Pacific Islander Ending Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence: the U.S. Asian & Pacific Islander Community


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