Welcome to InspiringAPA!

South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Multiracial, Biracial, Immigrant, Adoptee, First Generation, Third Generation… We are a diverse community with rich and powerful stories that go unshared and silenced.

On this site, we hope to showcase some of the Asian Pacific Americans in D.C. who hold leadership roles and positions in their various sectors and organizations. Our profiles will serve to emphasize the power of APAs, to highlight different career paths, and to critically examine how APA identity has affected these leaders.

In 2011, the U.S. Government Census estimated that there were upwards of 18.2 million U.S. residents who identified as Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more additional races. Isn’t it about time that history books reflected our stories? That we could learn literature about the APA immigrant struggle and 1960s Asian American Movement in our textbooks? That we could find children books with Asian Pacific American protagonists? When we will media depict us as something other than the the Sexy Asian woman, the desexualized Asian nerd, the Kung Fu master, a deadly assassin, a strict and emotionless Asian mother?

InspiringAPA was created by four Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Summer Interns in Washington, DC., as part of CAPAL’s Community Action Project.