First-Generation Asian Americans (AAPI) in Virginia: A Dialogue on Diverse Migration Experiences

Nov 04
Online via Zoom

This workshop focuses on a panel of first-generation Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members from the Richmond Area. The event will include panelists sharing their own migration stories and their experiences acclimating to Virginia. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions of panelists and discuss the diversity of experiences and the implications for our community. Finally, the event will be framed in relation to education, as we conclude with important takeaways for our schools as we gain insight from these diverse and engaging guests.

Background on Asian Americans in Virginia

Despite broad generalizations and misunderstandings of Asian (AAPI) Americans in Virginia by the general public, first-generation Asian Americans are a diverse and complex group whose migration stories vary as much as their cultures and languages. AAPI are an integral part of the Central Virginia community and are present in every sector of the economy. Most of Asia’s almost 50 countries are represented in Virginia and one in nine new Virginians are foreign-born according to the latest census.

Community organizations like the Asian American Society of Central Virginia spotlight the diverse cultures in their events in the region, but non-Asian community members often lack understanding of the challenges and successes of first-generation Asian (AAPI) Americans, particularly regarding their migration stories. Much like the diverse cultures and perspectives of Asia itself, first-generation Asian American’s migration stories vary greatly. From highly skilled experts recruited to Central Virginia’s institutions of higher education, business and medical sectors, to refugees fleeing conflict and violence, first-generation Asian Americans in Virginia represent a spectrum of experiences and bring a multitude of skills and knowledge to our community.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

This event is the second in a three-part workshop series on Asian and Asian American experiences. It’s also an event in the Graduate Education Speaker Series, sponsored in part by the SPCS Graduate Education program.