Asian-Pacific American (APA) or Asian-Pacific Islander (API) is a term sometimes used in the United States to include both Asian Americans and Pacific Islands Americans.. The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs defined Asian-Pacific Islander as "A person with origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, or the Pacific.
Pacific Islanders, or Pasifika, are the peoples of the Pacific Islands.It is a geographic and ethnic/racial term to describe the inhabitants and diaspora of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania: Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia.These people speak various Austronesian languages.It is not used to describe non-native inhabitants of the Pacific islands (i.e. Indians and Europeans.
GEOGRAPHY. States with highest number of Asian Americans include California, New York, Texas, New Jersey, and Hawai’i. States with the highest number of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders include Hawaii, California, Washington, Texas, and Utah.Hawai’i and California alone account for over half of the NHPI population in the U.S.
The Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) is an organization dedicated to helping Asian Pacific American women pursue a higher education. Asian and Pacific Islander women who live in Fresno, Mariposa, Madera, Kings, Kem, Tulare, and Merced counties are welcomed to apply for the annual $500 award if they qualify.