Asian American, Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

As the daughter of a Chinese-Thai father and a Filipina mother, I struggled with stereotypes of Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), including being perceived as a “perpetual foreigner.”  When I was in kindergarten, my parents offered me the choice of learning Thai or Tagalog. However, my classmates were already teasing me because of my perceived otherness, and I roundly rejected learning another language because I was “American.”  I received compliments about how “well” I spoke English. And questions such as “Where are you from?” followed by “Where are you really from?” when my answer was unsatisfactory for my interrogator, started to trigger me.
Ivy O. Suriyopas
April 2022
GCIR Staff Feature
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Find all program-related materials for GCIR's webinar, "Intersectional Justice: Narrative and Organizing Work at the Intersection of Immigrant Justice and Criminal Justice Reform " here, including recording and powerpoint presentation.
June 2021
Program Materials
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Join GCIR for a conversation with local and national AAPI leaders to learn more not only about the narrative, policy, and solidarity efforts to address anti-Asian violence, but also about the opportunities to building durable AAPI immigrant power across the country.
April 2021
Webinar
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Find all program-related materials for the "State of Play: Local, National, and Intersectional Responses to Addressing Anti-Asian Violence and Building Durable AAPI Immigrant Power" webinar here.
April 2021
Group Materials
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Asian Americans have been tragically scapegoated for the COVID-19 crisis, as evident in the surging hate crimes against this community. The upcoming PBS documentary series Asian Americans is a timely exploration of Asian American cultures and contributions throughout U.S. history. Tune in or stream on May 11 and 12.
May 2020
Partner Program
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Join GCIR to learn from leaders in the immigrant rights movement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic about how philanthropy must significantly increase grantmaking dollars, shift grantmaking practices, embrace risk, and assert leadership to meet the challenges of this moment.
April 2020
Webinar
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Join a webinar sponsored by New Breath Foundation, where we will give a brief overview of Cambodian deportations, present what we learned during our trip, and share initiatives we're working on this year to support the Cambodian deportees and their families.
January 2020
Co-Sponsored Program
Listening Tour
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Join us on this webinar to learn from organizations working closely with the AAPI, Black Diaspora, and LGBTQ immigrant communities as well as from philanthropic leaders with national, state, and local funding strategies and insights for supporting DACAmented immigrants and their families.
November 2017
Webinar
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