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Asian/Pacific Islanders

Estimates suggest that, at the present time, just over 60% of the global population resides on the continent of Asia; however, this is an underestimate of the global population of Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) because numerous API reside outside Asia. In the United States alone, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) represent one of the fastest-growing minority populations. Nonetheless, they remain overwhelmingly underrepresented in psychological research.

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the United States

The Chinese were among the first API immigrants to the United States. The increasing rate of Chinese immigration, initially fueled by the gold rush, was rapidly stifled with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. As the number of immigrants from other API nations (e.g., Japan, Korea, and India) ...

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