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AAPI Heritage Month: Safeguarding Asian American inclusion and belonging

Past Event

May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to commemorate and honor the many contributions that the AAPI community has made to the history, culture, and politics of the United States. While it is a time of celebration, it is also a time of reflection on the journey that the AAPI community has gone through for acceptance and equity. Hate incidents against AAPI persons have risen since the start of the pandemic and policy professionals have started to recognize that rhetoric surrounding COVID-19 and current U.S. foreign policy toward China may have further provoked this trend.

On May 20, the Brookings Institution hosted an event in honor of AAPI Month, featuring keynote remarks from U.S. Representatives Grace Meng and Andy Kim and a moderated discussion with Senior Fellow Nicol Turner-Lee. Their conversation was followed by two panels on the recent events involving the AAPI community, with one panel examining the domestic policy implications and a second panel looking at foreign policy.

Viewers submitted questions via e-mail to or via Twitter at #AAPIMonth.



Video remarks

Panel one: Domestic policy

Panel two: Foreign policy

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