The Asian-American Pacific Islander community is very diverse, encompassing nearly 50 countries and ethnic groups, each with distinct cultures, traditions and histories. AAPIs speak over one hundred Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects.
Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent having origins in any of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. According to the 2010 Census, Asian Americans comprise 5.6% (17,320,856) of the U.S. population and grew 46% faster than any other racial group between 2000 and 2010. Census projections expect the number to increase to more than 40 million by 2050.
Pacific Islander are Americans who have ancestry in Polynesia (including Hawaii, American Samoa, New Zealand), Melanesia (including Fiji Island, New Guinea), and Micronesia (including Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau). According to the 2010 Census, Pacific Islanders make up .40% (1,225,195) of the U.S. population and grew 40% faster than any other racial group between 2000 and 2010. Census projections expect the number to increase to more than 2.6 million by 2050.
This Asian-American Pacific Islander Emphasis Program seeks to:
- Promote and establish effective and equitable participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the work force.
- Enhance career development and advancement of Asian Pacific American employees in NRCS and improve under-representation of Asian Pacific Americans.
- Encourage awareness of the impact of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and contributions.
- Market natural resource conservation programs to the Asian Pacific American communities.
May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
Scholarships are available to those who make an effort to apply: