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AAPI Guide - Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Home

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In this guide you will find resources for learning more about Asian American & Pacific Islander history in the United States and abroad, activism, culture, and teaching materials. Resources are available within BCC, CUNY and online. This guide includes cultural organizations whose work focuses on communities in The Bronx, New York City, and across the U.S.


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. It honors the achievements, heritage, and histories of AAPI peoples in the United States. Asian, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders span more than sixty countries of origin. We are not a monolith. Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Indo Caribbean, Indo African - we are multi-racial, multi-ethinic, span multiple religions, and speak innumerable languages. And like other  communities of color, our lives represent a vast range of traditions, geographies, experiences and histories. As empire and imperialism shattered our motherlands, our histories are fractured, non-linear, and forever in motion in diaspora across the world. AAPI history is not a subsection of U.S. history, but rather central to the history of our city and country. And these histories are interwoven with the struggles, joys, and in solidarity with that of Black and Latinx histories.

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Resource Organizers

Dr. Prithi Kanakamedala (Associate Professor / History): 

Librarian: Professor Emma C. Antobam-Ntekudzi (Library):

Dr. Monique Guishard (Deputy Chair / Social Sciences):


  • Social Justice Network
  • Student Government Association
  • History Department 
  • Social Sciences Department 
  • The Library @ Bronx Community College CUNY

Email us if you have resources you'd like to include in this guide!

Video Resources

You can view Breaking Ground, and the full Asian Americans PBS Series on Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press) (AVON). AVON delivers over 70,000 titles spanning a wide range of disciplines: anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more; includes documentaries, interviews, news programs, original and raw footage and performances.

Locate more videos on Asian American & Pacific Islander culture, history, and movements from AVON and Films on Demand (Infobase). Find both databases in our A to Z listing and login using your CUNY Login credentials:

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