Anonymous asked: Do you define API as polynesian? (samoan, tongan, micronesian, etc.) in addition to Japanese or Korean or Chinese? Does the term encompass both?
That’s tricky and, ultimately, not up to me to decide. I identify as Asian American (politically, anyway), but I can very much understand why people of Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Micronesian, etc. descent would not. For all its good intentions, the APIA movement/community has historically and continues to look over people of those cultures and communities. Therefore, while I would like for it to, I think it is up to the individual to decide. It would be unfair of me to push a specific label or otherwise on a group of people who do not feel the movement the label stands for represents them.