Asian American and Pacific Islander Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice and Community - Call for Papers

Special Issue on Asians in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States

AAPI Nexus is pleased to announce a forthcoming special issue that will examine critical theoretical, policy and practical issues related to Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) in four English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States (A/C/UK/US), where they constitute about 12%, 15%, 7% and 6% of the total population in the four respective countries. While past issues of AAPI Nexus have focused on APIs in the United States, we believe that much can be learned by expanding our coverage internationally. The Asian experiences in A/C/UK/US have much in common (e.g., a shared or overlapping colonial history, similar dominant social and cultural context, and similar forms of governance), but there are also significant differences (e.g., noticeable variation in ethnic composition among APIs, situated in disparate global regions, and variations in the treatment of immigrants and other minority populations). AAPI Nexus seeks submissions that as a collection enable the readers to look at issues through multi-disciplinary and comparative lenses. Our objective is to share information and insights to enhance the ability to take action in the areas of advocacy, strategic planning, policy development and programming.

The special issue was originally organized by Senior Editor Paul M. Ong and the late Associate Editor Don T. Nakanishi, who had substantially and actively worked on the volume before his untimely and unexpected passing. Professor Eric Fong (University of Toronto) and Professor Shamit Saggar (Essex University) are the consulting Guest Editors working with the editorial staff on this volume. The following are examples of possible issues and questions:

1. The API populations in Australia, Canada, UK, and US have all undergone extraordinary demographic growth and diversification during the past 40 years, and are project to grow rapidly over the next decades. How has basic and applied social science research kept up with and adequately provided empirical and analytical insights on one or more of these populations?

2. What are the patterns of long-term integration and participation in economic, social, cultural and political terms? Have advancements been uniform or uneven across these domains? What are the similarities and differences in the trajectories by ethnic groups? How far does a simplistic stereotype about Asians (for example, as 'model minorities') and Pacific Islanders obscure significant differences and disparities among ethnic groups?

3. Have Asians been the objects of racial hatred and intolerance in Canada, the UK and US akin to the campaign that Pauline Hansen and her One Nation Party led against Asian immigrants and refugees, as well as aboriginals, in Australia in the 1990s? How did the Asian population respond and learn from that experience? How have these events affected Pacific Islanders?

4. What is the significance or insignificance of Asians and/or Pacific Islanders in the debates and controversies around race, immigration, religion and/or class in A/C/UK/US. When Asians engage, has a pan-ethnic perspective emerged, or have each ethnic group largely worked separately?

5. What are the transnational ties of Asians and Pacific Islanders both to their home countries and to other diasporic APIs throughout the world? For instance, as reflected in patterns of political participation, and in particular areas such as political recruitment, candidacy, elite socialisation and overlap, and political communication.

The list is illustrative rather than comprehensive. We are interested in other topics as they are related to Asians and Pacific Islanders, as well as new and innovative ways to conceptualize the API experiences and conditions in the four countries (and possibly other predominantly English speaking sites such as New Zealand). We encourage submissions that compare two or more countries or ethnic groups, but we are equally interested in submissions focusing on one country or ethnic group. We would also want to include essays and discussions from practitioners and community leaders reflecting on the least anticipated or most unexpected aspects of Asian and Pacific Islander contributions and impacts in A/C/UK/US over the past 30 years.

We encourage paper submissions that highlight perspectives of practitioners, academic researchers, and applied policy analysts. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please send or email a letter of intent with the title and a very short descriptive paragraph or abstract of the proposed paper to the editors for review. If you have a prepared paper, you may also submit the paper at the same time. For submission guidelines, please visit and click on STYLE SHEET for Article Submissions (PDF Document) at:

AAPI Nexus is a peer-reviewed, national journal published by UCLA's Asian American Studies Center focusing on policies, practices and community research to benefit the nation's burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The journal's mission is to facilitate an exchange of ideas and research findings that strengthens the efforts through policy and practice to tackle the pressing societal problems facing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Since the inception of ethnic studies, the goal of "serving and mobilizing the community" has been at the heart of Asian American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies. Previous issues have focused on the Wealth Gap, Community Health Care Services, Community Development, Education, and Immigration. The table of contents and editors' notes can be found at: and

Deadline for Letter of Intent: May 1, 2016 *
Deadline for Manuscript Submissions: October 15, 2016

* Note: Deadlines are subject to change.

Earlier submission of a Letter or Manuscript is encouraged. Internet communication is preferred. Please address to Managing Editor Melany De La Cruz-Viesca and send to AAPI Nexus Journal at:

Melany De La Cruz-Viesca (
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Senior Editor Professor Paul M. Ong (
Associate Editor Professor Don Nakanishi (
Guest Editor Eric Fong (
Guest Editor Shamit Saggar (

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