Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

DEI Champion Dr. Andrea Louie's maternal grandmother, Toy Len Goon, was celebrated as the U.S. "Mother of the Year" in 1952. Louie is currently writing a book about Goon and the cultural ramifications of her nomination.


This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Dr. Andrea Louie

Dr. Andrea Louie professor of MSU Anthropology and founding director of the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at MSU is a leading scholar on the constructions of Chineseness in the U.S.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Chloe Majzel

Chloe Majzel graduated this spring with bachelor's degrees in Economics from the College of Social Science, and International Relations in the James Madison College with minors in Asian Pacific studies and Chinese. A member of Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO), she was the organization’s past president.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Anthony Knapp

Mr. Anthony Knapp is an MSU Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences alum, is a statistician and demographer, who has worked on migration patterns amongst Asian Americans.

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Additional Resources

  • Books - General Public
    • Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorismby Nikki Khanna (NYU Press, 2020).

    • The Making of Asian America: A Historyby Erika Lee (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

    • The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Raceby Anthony Christian Ocampo (Stanford University Press, 2016).

    • The Karma of Brown Folkby Vijay Prashad (University of Minnesota Press, 2001).

    • From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movementby Paula Yoo (Norton Young Readers, 2021).

    • Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politicsedited by Lynn Fujiwara and Shireen Roshanravan (University of Washington Press, 2018).

    • America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee (Basic Books, 2019).

  • Podcasts - General Public
    • Asian History 101

    • APIDA Waves

  • Other resources - General Audience
    • AAPI Emergency Response Network (ERN)

    • APIA Scholars Scholarships

    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

    • Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)

    • Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW)

    • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO

  • Books - Academic
    • Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear edited by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats (Verso, 2014).

    • Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino-American Postcolonial Psychologyby E.J.R. David (Information Age Publishing, 2013).

    • Breaking the Silence: Mental Health and Treatment Utilization Among Asian Pacific Islander Desi American College and University Students by Sasha Zhou

    • From Exotic to Invisible: Asian American Women’s' Experiences of Discrimination by Mukkamala, S., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2018)

    • Looking to the Next Decade: Strengthening Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions through Policy and Practice by MIKE HOA NGUYEN, KRISTINE JAN ESPINOZA, DEMETURIE TOSO-LAFAELE GOGUE, and DONG DINH

    • Moving Toward an Inclusive Model of Allyship for Racial Justice by Viraj S. Patel

  • Other Resources - Academic