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AAPI Demographics

AAPI History

  • A Historical Timeline of Asians in America

  • Asian Americans and Seattle's Civil Rights History 
    Resources for exploring the civil rights activism of Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Included are activist oral histories, research reports, newspaper reports, photographic collections, maps, historical documents.

  • A History Bursting With Telling: Asian Americans in Washington State 
    The documents that accompany this essay demonstrate how Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos came to Washington, struggled against discrimination, labored to earn their living, and created distinctive cultures and identities. These documents chronicle, in a small way, how some Asian immigrants became Asian Americans.

  • Filipino American National Historical Society 
    Founded in 1982, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) is truly a community-based organization whose mission is “ preserve, document, and present Filipino American history and to support scholarly research and artistic works which reflect that rich past...”

  • Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project 
    Densho's mission is to: preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. We offer these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all.

  • Cambodia Cultural Museum and Killing Fields Memorial 
    Founded by Dara Duong, a survivor from the 1975-1979 Killing Fields of Cambodia, the museum is a place where people of all communities can actively learn about Cambodian history and culture. 

  • The Chinese Experience - Eyewitness 
    The Chinese American story is still unfolding as arriving immigrants strive to assimilate while other Chinese Americans help define the U.S. - a country that continues to reinvent itself. Here are stories from people who have lived the Chinese American saga first-hand.

  • Wing Luke Asian Museum 
    The Wing Luke Asian Museum engages the Asian Pacific American communities and the public in exploring issues related to the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans.

  • Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) 
    CAPAA handles advocacy, community education and outreach, as well as interagency and community collaborations to improve the well-being of the APA communities.

AAPI Community Agencies and Organizations 



AAPI News Sources
Local AAPI publications available online. Also check your local newsstand for publications available in print only.


     National and International

AAPIs on Seattle Voices
Host Eric Liu engages in one-on-one conversations with some of the most interesting, provocative, and inspiring people in Seattle, on The Seattle Channel's "Seattle Voices" program:

  • Ron Chew, Executive Director, Wing Luke Asian Museum. Video

  • Diane Narasaki, Executive Director for the Asian Counseling and Referral Center. Video

  • Assunta Ng, Founder and Publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly & Seattle Chinese Post. Video

  • Tomio Moriguchi, Chairman and CEO of Uwajimaya. Video

  • Nhien Nguyen, Editor-in-chief of the International Examiner, a news journal for the Northwest region’s Asian American communities. Video

  • Lori Matsukawa, Anchor for KING 5 News. Video

  • Bob Santos, Community Leader and Activist.  Video

  • Matt Kelley, Founder of MAVIN Foundation, an organization dedicated to multiracial youth and families. Video

  • Gary Luke, editorial director of Sasquatch Books. Video

  • Reverend Angela L. Ying, Founding Pastor of Bethany United Church of Christ. Video

  • Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho.  Video

  • Enrique Cerna, Host of KCTS Connects.  Video

  • Alan Sugiyama, Director of The Center for Career Alternatives. Video

  • Martha Choe, Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. Video

  • Naomi Ishisaka, Editor of Colors NW magazine. Video

  • Pramila Jayapal, Director of Hate Free Zone of Washington. Video

Race and Social Justice Initiative 
Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is a citywide effort to: 
Create a community where residents and employees experience our cultural and ethnic diversity as an asset; eliminate institutional attitudes, practices, and policies that result in racial disproportionality; 
understand the challenges that cultural pluralism places on democracy and transform our civic and citizen engagement processes to address those challenges.

2006 Proclamations

United States President's Proclamation

Washington State Governor's Proclamation

King County Executive's Proclamation

Seattle Mayor's Proclamation

Seattle City Council's Proclamation

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