APIA Organizations


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Association for Asian American Studies

The Association was formed in 1979 for the purposes of advancing professional standards and activities; promoting understanding between sub-components within Asian American studies; facilitating communication and scholarly exchange; advocating the interests and welfare of Asian American studies and Asian Americans, and; educating American society about the history and aspirations of Asian American ethnic minorities. For a listing of programs nationally

UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Since its founding in 1969, the Center has established partnerships, collaborations, and exchanges with hundreds of public and private institutions across the nation and around the world, and has played a critical role in developing Southern California's infrastructure of social service agencies, civil rights organizations, museums, historical societies, media and cultural groups, and business associations that serve and represent the Asian American and Pacific Islander population.

CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute

The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) was established on November 19, 2001, by The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees, in a resolution introduced by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. The Institute is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. It covers four areas: Asian American Studies; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Trade & Technology Studies.

NYU A/P/A Studies Institute 

A/P/A Institute aims to promote discourse on Asian/Pacific America defying traditional boundaries, spanning Asia, to the Americas, through the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds.

NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health

The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded National Research Center of Excellence. It is based in the Section for Health Equity within the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. Established in 2003 through an NIH NCMHD Project EXPORT (Excellence in Partnership, Outreach, Research, and Training) Center grant, CSAAH is the only Center of its kind in the country that is solely dedicated to research and evaluation on Asian American health and health disparities. CSAAH is committed to identifying Asian American health priorities and reducing health disparities by integrating and building on the work of researchers and over 55 Asian American community, government, business and academic/medical partners.

Queens College Asian/American Center 

The Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College of the City University of New York was founded in 1987, and is dedicated to the development of community-oriented research to analyze the multicultural diaspora experience of Asians in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.

UMASS Boston Institute for Asian American Studies

The Institute for Asian American Studies (IAAS) at the University of Massachusetts Boston was established in 1993 with support from Asian American communities and direction from the state legislature. The IAAS utilizes resources and expertise from the university and the community to conduct research on Asian Americans; to strengthen and further Asian American involvement in political, economic, social, and cultural life; and to improve opportunities and campus life for Asian American faculty, staff, and students and for those interested in Asian Americans.

Amerasia Journal

Published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Amerasia Journal is considered the most comprehensive and intellectually provocative single source on Asian American history and culture.

Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) 

The official journal of the Association for Asian American Studies, published three times a year, theJournal of Asian American Studies includes original scholarly articles about the multidimensional experiences of Asian American and the Asian diaspora.

Hmong Studies Journal

Hmong Studies Journal is an Internet-based publication devoted to the scholarly discussion of Hmong history, culture, and other facets of the Hmong experience in the U.S., Asia, and around the world.

AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice, and Community

AAPI Nexus is a national journal focusing on policies, practices and community research to benefit the nation’s burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. AAPI Nexus draws from professional schools and applied social science scholars as well as practitioners and public policy advocates with the goal of reinvigorating Asian American Studies' mission of serving communities and generating practical research.

UCLA AASC PRESS Publications

Since 1970, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press has been the only university-based press in the world entirely committed to publishing scholarship on the histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For more than forty years, the publications arm of the Center has released a large collection of titles, including leading Asian American journals (Amerasia Journal and AAPI Nexus), almanacs, bibliographies, directories, and bestselling collections, anthologies, public policy research reports, and memoirs.


Asia Society's AskAsia site is an on-line source for K-12 Asian and Asian American studies. The site provides access to classroom-tested resources and activities, relevant links and a virtual community of educators.

The Asian American Curriculum Project

AACP is a not-for-profit source for books on Asian American heritage and contemporary experience.

Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) 

AAAS is a national membership association of educators who teach Asian American studies. The site includes links to all existing U.S. Asian American studies programs and information on how to start your own.

The Wing Luke Asian Museum

The Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, WA, is devoted to preserving and exhibiting Asian Pacific American culture, history and art with a pan-Asian perspective. It features a permanent exhibit depicting the 200-year immigration and settlement of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the state of Washington.

WestWeb: Asian Americans in the West

WestWeb is a topically organized web site featuring links on the study of the American West, created and maintained by Catherine Lavender, Department of History, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Site

A site dedicated to events and activities celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage and month.

The History of Americans of Asian Indian Origin

A lengthy paper providing a historical perspective on Americans of Asian Indian origin from 1790 - 1997. Written by Sririajeskhar Bobby Koritala.

Chronology of Asian American History

A detailed timeline by historian and scholar Sucheng Chan.

Chinatown History

A very nicely designed, graphically illustrated historical timeline of San Francisco's Chinatown.

San Francisco Chinese

Hosted by the Museum of the City of San Francisco, this is an online collection of documents and articles relating to the history of Chinese Americans in San Francisco.

The Promise of Gold Mountain: Tucson's Chinese Heritage

A historical exploration of Chinese in Arizona created by the University of Arizona Library.

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP)

CHCP of Santa Clara County, California, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and preserves Chinese American and Chinese history and culture through community outreach activities.

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

A community-based, not-for-profit organization fostering the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States. Offers a "Roots" internship for selected high school and college age students, which includes training and summer travel program to the students' ancestral villages in China.

Japanese American History Archives 

The Japanese American History Archives in San Francisco houses an extensive collection of books, documents, maps, photographs, art and film relating to the Japanese experience in the US from the mid-1800s.

Japanese American National Museum

Located in Los Angeles, this museum features exhibits and extensive archives. The web site includes highlights of the museum and many history links.

Nikkei Heritage Online 

The web site of the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco, which houses an extensive archival collection and publishes books and articles on the Japanese American experience.

(PICA)Pacific Islanders' Cultural Association

A not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop and perpetuate through education the histories, cultures and traditions of all Pacific islanders.

Korean American Museum

L.A. based museum dedicated to preserving Korean American history and culture.

The Filipino

site that connects Filipinos in the U.S. and around the world online.

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. We envision a socially, politically and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations.


OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, touching tens of thousands of individuals each year through its extensive network of over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners from around the country. In addition, the organization strives to foster development, leadership, and engagement through its various programs. 

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

founded in 1996, is a coalition of thirty-five national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country. Based in Washington D.C., NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues.

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)

Founded 32 years ago, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. It started with a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for API communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in this increasingly globalized world, these communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf.


To promote social justice by engaging Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development

Asian American Justice Center

National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE)

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Asian American & Pacific Islander Higher Education Resource Center (AAPIHERC)

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders