Florida Atlantic University
Asian Pacific Islander Celebration
Reimagine, Rebuild, Reclaim



Diversity Block Party
Friday, March 28, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Diversity Way
Davie Campus

Come and enjoy the Diversity Block Party. Visit various cultures including China. Explore China’s representative foods and music. There will also be arts and crafts for the children and adults alike. In addition, the program features, “Wai’s Chinese Dancing Dragon.” Performance begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information contact (954) 236-1219.


Did you know?

  • Asian Americans are a diverse group in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “Asian” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia or the Indian subcontinent. The Asian population includes people who indicated their race(s) as “Asian Indian,” “Chinese,” “Filipino,” “Japanese,” “Korean,” “Vietnamese” or “Other Asian,” or wrote in entries such as “Pakistani,” “Thai,” “Cambodian” or “Hmong.”


  • Asian immigrants first came to the U.S. in significant numbers more than a century and a half ago—mainly as low-skilled male laborers, who mined, farmed and built the railroads. They endured generations of officially sanctioned racial prejudice—including regulations that prohibited the immigration of Asian women; the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred all new immigration from China; the Immigration Act of 1917 and the National Origins Act of 1924, which extended the immigration ban to include virtually all of Asia; and the forced relocation and internment of about 120,000 Japanese Americans after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941


  • The term Asian American was used informally by activists in the 1960s who sought an alternative to the term “Oriental,” arguing that the latter was derogatory and colonialist. Formal usage was introduced by academics in the early 1970s, notably by historian Yuji Ichioka, who is credited with popularizing the term.[6] Today, Asian American is the accepted term for most formal purposes, such as government and academic research, although it is often shortened to Asian in common usage.


  • Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States.


  • There are 1.5 million Asian American-owned businesses.


  • Asian Americans are the fastest growing, most highly educated and highest earning racial group in the United States.


  • Asians also stand out for their strong emphasis on family.  Approximately 54 percent say that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things in life.


  • The religious identities of Asian Americans are quite varied. According to the Pew Research survey, about half of Chinese are unaffiliated, most Filipinos are Catholic, almost fifty percent of Indians are Hindu, most Koreans are Protestant and a plurality of Vietnamese are Buddhist.


  • Japanese and Filipino Americans are the most accepting of interracial and intergroup marriage.


  •  By a ratio of 53 percent to 35 percent, Asian Americans say homosexuality should be accepted by society rather than discouraged.


  • Only about one-in-five— or 19 percent—say they most often describe themselves as Asian American or Asian. A majority, 62 percent, say they most often describe themselves by their country of origin (e.g., Chinese or Chinese American; Vietnamese or Vietnamese American, and so on).


  • Among Asian American newlyweds, Japanese have the highest rate of intermarriage and Indians have the lowest. More than half of recent Japanese newlyweds married a non-Asian; among recent Indian newlyweds, just one-in-eight did.


  • Educational attainment among Asian Americans is markedly higher than that of the U.S. population overall. Among those ages 25 and older, 49 percent hold at least a college degree.


  • The 1952 McCarran-Walter Immigration and Naturalization Act allowed Asians living in America to become naturalized U.S. citizens.


  • As of spring 2103, there are 1,223 Asian students attending Florida Atlantic University.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month guide is located at: http://libguides.fau.edu/asian-pacific-month

For more information on Asian Pacific American Culture Day, visit http://www.fau.edu/explore/asianheritage/

 Last Modified 11/8/16