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AAPI NEXUS: POLICY, PRACTICE, AND COMMUNITY Collection

Published by UCLA's Asian American Studies Center Press, 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.

The first issue was released in Fall 2003, and focused on community development. Future issues will deal with Intersections in Education, Mental Health, Workforce issues and more.

The full article index is available here.

SENIOR EDITOR: Paul M. Ong, Professor of School of Public Affairs/Asian American Studies
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Don T. Nakanishi, Professor of Education/Asian American Studies
MANAGING EDITOR: Melany Dela Cruz-Viesca
PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR: Mary Uyematsu Kao
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Marcie Lee

AAPI Nexus Editorial Board

AAPI Nexus has published on the following topics:

Aging
Art and Cultural Institutions
Community Development
Civil Rights
Education
Employment/Work Issues
Glass Ceiling

Health issues
Mental Health
Model Minority Myth
Welfare Reform
Voting
Youth facing risks

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AAPI NEXUS Resources/Guidelines

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AAPI NEXUS Resources/Guidelines

AAPI Nexus “Community Development,” 1:1 (2003)

The inaugural issue examines the topic of community development by policy advocates and applied social scientists from across the nation with editors Paul M. Ong and Don T. Nakanishi.

Authors:
Kil Huh and Lisa Hasegawa, Dean S. Toji and Karen Umemoto, Melany de la Cruz and Loh-Sze Leung, Douglas Miller and Douglas Houston, Grace Yoo.

Read the Founding Message From the Editors: To Serve, Help Build, and Analyze by Paul Ong and Don Nakanishi

Read the Press Release on the inaugural issue of AAPI Nexus Journal.

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“Civil Rights,” 2:1 (2004)

Guest Editors: Angelo Ancheta, Jacinta Ma, Don Nakanishi

Most of the articles in this issue were originally produced for a strategic roundtable held in October 2002, co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Authors:
Karen K. Narasaki and June K. Han, Peter Nien-chu Kiang, Claire Jean Kim, Rowena Robles, Paul M. Ong.

Read the Message From the Editors: The Asian American Nexus to Civil Rights by Angelo Ancheta, Jacinta Ma, and Don Nakanishi (Adobe PDF Document)

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“Voting,” 2:2 (2004)

Politicians, political activists, and professors contributed commentaries, policy research reports, and detailed accounts of exit polls and voting rights compliance strategies that can be used in AAPI communities.

Authors:
S.B. Woo, James Dien Bui, Shirley Suet-ling Tang and Peter Nien-chu Kiang, Tarry Hum, Janelle S. Wong, Daniel Kikuo Ichinose, Glenn D. Magpantay.

Read the Message From the Editors: Voting: The Biggest Challenge and What Can Be Done by Don T. Nakanishi and Paul Ong (Adobe PDF Document)

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"Health," 3:1 (2005)

Guest Editor: Marjorie Kagawa-Singer

Little is know about these AAPI health problems, which include high levels of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and what is known is not widely disseminated, according to Marjorie Kagawa-Singer and Paul Ong. This issues examines health problems of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Authors:
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Paul M. Ong, Julia Liou, Sherry Hirota, Hongtu Chen, Elizabeth J. Kramer, Teddy Chen, Jianping Chen, Henry Chung, Cecilia Chen, Doug Brugge, Alice Leung, Andrea Finkelman, Weibo Lu, Will Rand, Lisa Sun-Hee Park, David Naguib Pellow, Chi-kan Richard Hung

Read the Message from the Editors: The Road Ahead - Barriers and Paths of Improving AAPI Health (Adobe PDF Document)

Read the Press Release on AAPI Nexus Journal's Health Issue

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"Employment/Work Issues," 3:2 (2005)

Guest Editor: Deborah Woo

Scholars, researchers, practitioners, and government officials within this volume examine racial discrimination in employment against Asian Americans, workers' rights, and economic parity in the global labor market. Guest Editor, Deborah Woo, and Senior Editor, Paul Ong, aim for this issue (the first of two) on AAPI work and employment to "produce the knowledge that will help generate new policies and practices to better serve the cause of greater workforce equity and social justice."

Authors:
Stuart J. Ishimaru, Karin Mak and Grace Meng, Don Mar, Paula Chakravartty, Julian Chun-Chung Chow, Kathy Lemon Osterling and Qingwen Xu, Siri Thanasombat and John Trasviña.

Read the Message From the Editors: "AAPI Labor Market Status and Challenges" by Deborah Woo and Paul Ong (Adobe PDF Document)

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"Glass Ceiling/Health Issues," 4:1 (2006)

Guest Editors: Marjorie Kagawa-Singer and Deborah Woo

This issue examines whether there is a "glass ceiling" affecting Asian American professionals. Health issues also are addressed.

Authors: Vu H. Pham, Lauren Emiko Hokoyama, Arthur Sakamoto, Hyeyoung Woo, Keng-Loong Yap, Jeremy S. Wu, Carson K. Eoyang, David T. Takeuchi, Seunghye Hong, Ninez A. Ponce, Melissa Gatchell, Laurent S. Tao, Jini Han, and Ami N. Shah

Read the Editors’ Note: Two Foci: "Glass Ceiling?" and "Health Data" by Paul Ong, Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, and Deborah Woo (Adobe PDF Document)

Read the Press Release on AAPI Nexus Journal's Glass Ceiling Issue

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"Youth," 4:2 (2006)

Guest Editor: Karen Umemoto

There is no question that adolescent violence and related risk behaviors are a serious problem in the U.S. today. Over the past several decades, there has been a concerted effort to identify factors that pose a risk for or serve as protection against delinquency and violence using large sample and longitudinal studies of youth. Together, the articles in this special issue belie the simplistic "whiz kid" stereotypes. "These articles," says Umemoto, "contribute to the critical conversation on the risks, challenges, and opportunities facing AAPI youth."

Authors: James Diego Vigil, Tomson H. Nguyen, Jesse Cheng, Thao N. Le, Judy L. Wallen, Ahn-Luu T. Huynh-Hohnbaum, David Tokiharu Mayeda, Lisa Pasko, Meda Chesney-Lind, Isami Arifuku, Delores D. Peacock, Caroline Glesmann, Deborah Woo.

Read the Editors’ Note: Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth: Risks, Challenges and Opportunities by Karen Umemoto and Paul Ong (Adobe PDF Document)

Read the Press Release on the issue: Special Focus on Youth Facing Risks

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"Art & Cultural Institutions," 5:1 (2007)

Guest Editor: Franklin Odo

"AAPIs and Cultural Institutions," features how organizations like museums, traveling exhibits, performance troupes, and libraries represent AAPI communities and their diverse experiences. "Incorporation of AAPIs individually and organizationally by this nation's cultural sector can lead to political complacency and isolation from the broader social movement long before the ultimate goals are achieved," the editors write. "The larger challenge before us, then, is renewing the passion for progressive social change."

Authors: ShiPu Wang, Clara M. Chu, Todd Honma, Leslie Ito, John Rosa, Lewis Kawahara, Nadereh Pourat, Ninez A. Ponce, Roberta Wyn.

Read the Editors’ Note: Art & Cultural Institutions and AAPI Communities by Franklin Odo and Paul Ong (Adobe PDF Document)

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"Welfare Reform," 5:2 (2007)

This issue features research on how Asian American communities are affected by and respond to policies related to welfare reform, healthcare, education, and art/cultural institutions. According to outgoing Senior Editor Paul Ong, a common thread among these articles is the commitment to building bridges between the university, AAPI communities, and the larger society.

Authors: Linda Vo, Chong-suk Han, Edward Echtle, Evelyn Blumenberg, Lily K. Song, Paul M. Ong, Julian Chun-Chung Chow, Grace Yoo, Catherine Vu, Lois M. Takahashi, Michelle G. Magalong.

Read the Editors’ Note by Paul Ong (Adobe PDF Document)

Read the Press Release on the issue Welfare Reform

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"Model Minority Myth," 6:1 (2008)

In this inaugural issue of the new Senior Editor, Majorie Kagawa-Singer, Nexus presents five articles that explore the diversity within Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the disparities that continue to mark some of their experiences. These articles address the diversity within the AAPI communities that are often dismissed due to the model minority myth. They also help to develop new ways to intervene and prevent other pervasive problems from increasing in these communities.

Authors: Paul M. Ong, Melany dela Cruz-Viesca, Don T. Nakanishi, Su Yeong Kim, Aprile D. Benner, Rena Mae Nalani Reid, Kathleen Ongbongan, Donna Dennerlein, Deborah K. Spencer, Robyn Greenfield Matloff, Drug Brugge, Angela C. Lee, Roland Tang, Jeanne Shimatsu, Eric C. Wat, Camillia Lui.

Read the Editors’ Note: The Other Side of the Model Minority Coin by Marjorie Kagawa-Singer (Adobe PDF Document)

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"Aging," 6:2 (2008)

Guest Editors: Namkee G. Choi and Jim Lubben

With an ever growing number of older AAPIs, these older adults face additional challenges such as higher poverty rates among all older adults in the United States, lower rates of having private insurance, and many unmet mental health needs. Because of the challenges that aging populations pose to social policy, these papers help shape future culturally sensitive programs and services to AAPI elders and families.

Authors: Herb Shon, Ailee Moon, Jong Won Min, Siyon Rhee, Phu Phan, Jessica Rhee, Thanh Tran, Poorni G. Otilingam, Margaret Gatz, Sela V. Panapasa, Voon Chin Phua, James W. McNally.

Read the Editors’ Note: Aging by Namkee Choi and James Lubben (Adobe PDF Document)

Read the Press Release on the Aging issue

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"K-12 Education" 7:1 (2009)

Guest Editors: Peter N. Kiang and Mitchell Chang

The first of three issues on education, this issue focuses on K-12 education. With significant economic struggles and budget cuts in this new decade, these issues will help to inform the education policies and changing AAPI populations. As guest editors Peter Nien-chu Kiang (University of Massachusetts Boston) and Mitchell J. Chang (UCLA) write, "Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have individually and collectively invested enormous trust in US educational institutions on behalf of themselves and their children."

Authors: Patricia Espiritu Halagao, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Joan May T. Cordova, Leena Neng Her, Valerie Ooka Pang, Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy, Jean J. Ryoo, Lusa Lo, Joseph Wu.

Read the Editors’ Note: K-12 Education by Peter Nien-chu Kiang and Mitchell J. Chang (Adobe PDF Document)

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Higher Education

"Higher Education" 7:2 (2009)

Guest Editors: Mitchell J. Chang and Peter N. Kiang

Guest editors Mitchell J. Chang (UCLA) and Peter Nien-chu Kiang (University
of Massachusetts Boston) have assembled articles that expand the horizon of AAPI educational research in exciting ways that extend beyond well-trotted
"model" minority paradigms. The papers in this issue discuss not only
challenges that AAPI college students face, but also potential solutions and
implications that have implications for future generations of AAPI college
students.

Authors: L. Ling-chi Wang, Richard L. Wagoner, Anthony S. Lin, Jillian
Liesemeyer, Oiyan A. Poon, Julie J. Park, Mitchell J. Chang.

Read the Editors' Note: Higher Education by Mitchell J. Chang and Peter
Nien-chu Kiang
(Adobe PDF Document)

Read the Press Release on the Higher Education Issue

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Intersections of Education

"Intersections of Education" 8:1 (2010)

Guest Editors: Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Peter Nien-chu Kiang, Samuel D. Museus

Guest editors Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales (San Francisco State), Peter Nien-chu Kiang (University of Massachusetts Boston), and Samuel D. Museus (University of Massachusetts Boston) present a series of articles that intentionally connect across the domains of K-12 and higher education. The manuscripts help to "discover glimpses of possibility for improvements in access, retention, and curricular matters."

Authors: Shirley Hune, Jeomja Yeo, Yang Sao Xiong, Yingyi Ma, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Roderick Daus-Magbual, Arlene Daus-Magbual.

Read the Editors' Note: Praxis and Power in the Intersections of Education by Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Peter N. Kiang, and Samuel D. Museus (Adobe PDF Document)

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"Mental Health" 8:2 (2010)

Contextualizing the challenges of addressing AAPI mental health, guest editors, Gilbert C. Gee (UCLA), Phillip D. Akutsu (CSU Sacramento), and Margaret Shih (UCLA), in their introduction illustrate how cultural, historical, and community diversity have led to underutilization of services and a lack of data. They call for new research that seriously considers the theories related to differences among diverse AAPI populations.

Read the Editors' Note: Culture and Mental Health: Risk, Prevention and
Treatment for Asian Americans by Gilbert C. Gee, Phillip D. Akutsu, and Margaret Shih
(Adobe PDF Document)

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9:1-2

"Forging the Future: The Role of New Research, Data, & Policies for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, & Pacific Islanders" 9:1-2 (2011)

The "Forging the Future" special double issue is arguably the most comprehensive publication to date on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), demographic data trends, and federal policy - including policy briefs on Civil Rights, Economic Development, Education, Health, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders by over 50 leading AANHPI scholars, applied-researchers, and community leaders from all over the nation. Answering President Barack Obama's call to increase participation by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in federal programs, UCLA's Asian American Studies Center is spotlighting ways to improve education, healthcare and housing for traditionally under-represented groups, like Native Hawaiians and Hmong Americans, with this pioneering new AAPI Nexus journal special issue. The release of this journal coincides with the second anniversary of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), established on October 14, 2009, when President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13515: "Increasing the Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs." The special issue includes activities of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2009-2011, and research originally presented at a WHIAAPI convening on research and data collection in December 2010.

Read the Editors' Note: Closing the Research and Data Gap in Order to Serve Asian Americans by Shirley Hune and Marjorie Kagawa-Singer (Adobe PDF Document)

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Forging the Future -- full edition of this journal is available here (Adobe PDF Document)

This publication was made possible through the generous support and sponsorship by Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), University of California, Asian American Pacific Islander Policy Multi-Campus Research Program (UC AAPI Policy MRP), Ford Foundation Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime Initiative, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Institute for Asian American Studies, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Ford Kuramoto and Lois M. Takahashi.

10:1

"Special Issue on Immigration" 10:1 (2012)

Read the Editors' Note: Immigration and Belonging Nation, Class, and Membership in New Migration Policies by Edward J.W. Park and John S.W. Park (Adobe PDF Document)

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10:2

"Special Issue on Asian Americans in Global Cities: Los Angeles – New York Connections and Comparisons" 10:2 (2012)

Read the Editors' Note: Asian Americans in Global Cities: Los Angeles - New York Connections and Comparisons by Paul M. Ong and Tarry Hum (Adobe PDF Document)

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Nexus v11n1&2

"Special Issue on Tenth Anniversary and Asian American & Pacific Islander Environmentalism: Expansions, Connections, & Social Change" 11:1 & 2(2013)

The latest issue of AAPI Nexus Journal 11:1-2, "Asian American and Pacific Islander Environmentalism: Expansions, Connections, and Social Change," marks the 10th Anniversary of the journal and commemorates the 20th Anniversary of Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice. The special double issue focuses on the timely topics of Environmental Justice, Education, and Immigration and aims to inform policy debates and arenas with research on understudied populations and topics related to Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Part One features a reflection on ten years of the journal, papers addressing alternative methods for Asian American Studies, Indian Immigrant Women Support Networks, and U.S. Immigration and Filipino Labor Export Policies in Human Trafficking. Part Two examines the intersection of Asian American Studies and Environmental Studies, revealing information and insights that can be useful in environmental and social justice advocacy, strategic planning, policy development and programming. Professor Julie Sze (UC Davis) and Charles Lee (Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) served as the consulting guest editors for this portion of the volume.

Read the Editors' Note I: Reflection on Ten Years of AAPI Nexus: Vision, Realities, and Challenges by Paul M. Ong, Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, and Melany De La Cruz-Viesca (Adobe PDF Document)

Read the Editors' Note II: Asian American and Pacific Islander Environmentalism: Expansions, Connections, and Social Change by Julie Sze, Paul M. Ong, and Charles Lee (Adobe PDF Document)

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AAPI NEXUS: EDITORIAL BOARD

Pauline Agbayani, Social Welfare, CSULA

Roshan Bastani, Health Services and Public Health, UCLA

Mitchell Chang, Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA

Clara Chu, Library and Information Studies, UCLA

Margaret Fung, Asian Pacific American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Tessie Guillermo, ZeroDivide

Lisa Hasegawa, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development

J.D. Hokoyama, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.

Tarry Hum, Urban Studies, Queens College, City University of New York

Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Community Health Sciences and Public Health, UCLA

Jerry Kang, Law, UCLA

Snehendu Kar, Community Health Sciences & Public Health, UCLA

Peter Kiang, Education and Asian American Studies, University of MA, Boston

Daphne Kwok, Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California

Gregory Cendana, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Taeku Lee, Public Policy, Harvard University

James Lubben; Social Work, Boston College

Ailee Moon, Social Welfare, UCLA

Robert Nakamura, Film and TV, Asian American Studies, UCLA

Thu-huong Nguyen-Vo, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Paul Ong, Urban Planning, UCLA

William Ouchi, Management, UCLA

Edward Park, Asian Pacific American Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Ninez Ponce, Public Health, UCLA

Leland Saito, Sociology and American Studies in Ethnicity, University of Southern California

David Takeuchi, Social Work, University of Washington

Doua Thor, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center

Karen Umemoto, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

Ling-chi Wang, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Deborah Woo, Community Studies, UC Santa Cruz

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