AAPI Nexus: Special Issue on AAPIs 2040, 14:2 (Fall 2016)

Abstracts for “Special Issue on AAPIs 2040”
Volume 14, Number 2, Fall 2016

Uniting to Move Forward: Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in 2040
By Richard Calvin Chang

Abstract:  This essay examines the importance of disaggregating Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander data, issues currently faced by NHPI communities, and where NHPI communities could be in 2040. Projected demographic trends may exacerbate challenges faced by NHPIs in areas such as health, education, income, incarceration, housing, and immigration. The impact of climate change, technological innovations, and the United States’ shift towards a majority-minority status on NHPI communities are also analyzed. Three recommendations for improving the position of NHPIs in 2040 are provided: (1) Address the needs of an increasingly diverse NHPI community; (2) develop community capacity for civic engagement; and (3) invest in leadership development and NHPI youth.

Building Power: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in 2040
By Jennifer Chou, Priscilla Huang, and Miriam W. Yeung

Abstract:  Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women will constitute the majority of AAPIs by 2040. However, the AAPI women of 2040 will more likely be low-income, South Asian or Southeast Asian, and second generation than the AAPI women of today (Ramakrishnan and Ahmad, 2014b). This article explores the implications that these shifts in the demographic identity of AAPI women will have on the future electoral process. We also explore strategies for building the power and influence of AAPI women in communities and at policy-making tables.

The Future of the LGBTQ Asian American and Pacific Islander Community in 2040
By Glenn D. Magpantay

Abstract:  This article reviews the implications of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population growth over the next twenty-five years on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) AAPI community. After reviewing some initial considerations of the census data and the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, it then details possible changes in substantive rights and protections for LGBTQ AAPI people in the areas of immigration, nondiscrimination laws, and family-building policies. It discusses anticipated changes in AAPI attitudes toward LGBTQ people and the impact on LGBTQ AAPI community infrastructure.

Suspicious People: Profiling and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
By Navdeep Singh and Jasbir K. Bawa

Abstract:  The experience of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community was defined by suspicion following the attacks on September 11, 2001. An era of national security has altered the relationship between the government, the public, and minority communities. This article explores the development of the current profiling paradigm and its impact on the AAPI community. It offers an assessment of the role the profiling paradigm will play as the AAPI community grows over the next twenty years and offers perspectives on how changing demographics can be used to address racial and religious profiling.

Asian Americans and the Media
By Daniel M. Mayeda

Abstract:  The representation of Asian Americans in mainstream media has undergone dramatic change in the past two decades, and this can be expected to continue in the next twenty-five years in all forms of entertainment and media. A combination of the rapidly increasing numbers of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), the growing recognition by traditional media of the economic power of AAPI consumers, and the ease of entry into content creation and distribution afforded to new voices by new technologies will likely result by 2040 in a rich diversity of stories by and about Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and mixed-race AAPIs.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Excel in Business but Not without Risks
By Bill Imada

Abstract:  In recent years, data has shown that there has been significant growth in Asian American Pacific Islander-owned (AAPI) enterprises. Driven by demographic changes, related in large part to the history of immigration policy, the AAPI population has been growing, and this has been accompanied by AAPI innovators and entrepreneurs leaving greater marks on American society and the U.S. economy. This growth, however, is not without risks and threats. The legacy of being “othered” by mainstream society means that AAPI success in business and in the corporate landscape can be met with resentment and criticism. This article explores the history of AAPI entrepreneurship and current trends. It also examines the challenges that the community may continue to face and offers recommendations on how to ensure continued growth and expanded opportunities for AAPIs in business.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Philanthropy in 2040
By Andrew Ho

Abstract:  The trends we see in today’s philanthropy will have significant effects on the philanthropy of 2040, especially for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. As the blended, multiracial Asian American population continues to increase, the very definition of Asian American philanthropy is up for grabs. Add in the trend of giving while living, the increase in the blurring of philanthropic forms and structures, and the ubiquity of technology, social media, and connectedness, and you have a future of philanthropy in 2040 that is more diverse, global, and participatory than the present day.

Cultural Preservation Policy and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Reimagining Historic Preservation in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
By Michelle G. Magalong and Dawn Bohulano Mabalon

Abstract:  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 will offer policy recommendations for preserving, landmarking, and interpreting AAPI historic and cultural sites into 2040 and beyond.

Reflections on the Formation and Future of Asian American Studies
By Linda Trinh Võ

Abstract:  The ongoing demographic growth of the Asian American population enhances foundational support for Asian American studies; however, it also poses complex challenges for the formulation and direction of the field. Asian American studies has been shaped by transnational and regional economic and political conditions, as well as by the receptiveness and limitations of the academy, which has led to uneven disciplinary and institutional manifestations. This essay specifically analyzes what impact the transforming Asian American population has had on the formation of the field of Asian American studies and how the projected demographic growth will shape its future academic trajectory.