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Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

LMU Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 1-31

Led by a mission in which a focus on social justice, is also expressed in its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, LMU is committed to the success of students, staff, and faculty from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. 

On this page you will find specialized programs, affinity and networking groups for faculty, staff, and students, as well resources that center the concerns and needs of the AAPI community. 


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Honoring the Class of 2023

On Friday, April 29, we honored the achievements of our Asian American and Pacific Islander graduates. Watch the event replay.

We look forward to celebrating all graduates during Commencement Weekend, May 5-7.

Congratulations, Graduates!


Recommended Reads

The librarians and staff of the William H. Hannon Library have curated the following recommended books for learning more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Want to explore more titles? Check out the full list at LMU Library Staff Picks.

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Contemporary Asian American activism

Edited by Diane C. Fujino and Robyn Magalit Rodriquez

Bringing together grassroots organizers and scholar-activists, Contemporary Asian American Activism presents lived experiences of the fight for transformative justice and offers lessons to ensure the longevity and sustainability of organizing.

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Four Treasures of the Sky

By Jenny Tinghui Zhang

When she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself.

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Indigenous Pacific Islander Eco-Literatures

Edited by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Leora Kava

A wild garden of genres, including poetry, chant, short fiction, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction, visual texts, and even a dramatic play―all written in multilingual offerings of English, Pacific languages, pidgin, and translation.

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Asian American histories of the United States

By Catherine Ceniza Choy

This work illuminates how an over-century-long history of Asian migration, labor, and community formation in the United States is fundamental to understanding the American experience and its existential crises of the early twenty-first century.

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Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women

By Shirley Hune and Gail M. Nomura

An innovative anthology that brings together 35 authors to explore the historical experience of AAPI women in the United States and beyond.

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Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA

By Nadia Y. Kim

Using a global framework, this book investigateshow Asians from U.S.-dominated homelands learn and understand their place along U.S. color lines.

Affinity Groups

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The Asian American Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association values service to others, academic excellence, student success and just representation of AAPI and other communities. 

More about AAPIFSA
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API Ambassadors

The LMU Asian Pacific Islander (API) Alumni Network was formed to provide professional networking and mentorship opportunities to future generations of API leaders.

About API Ambassadors
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The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association promotes the needs and goals of Asian American law students, and encourages awareness of the Asian American community.

About Apalsa

Programs and Departments