The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus shares the Pacific Ocean. Asia Pacific is huge, both in area and in population. People from Pacific Asia speak hundreds of languages, have many different cultures, practice a variety of religions, and have huge differences in world view. They are, however, connected by the ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 1998
The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus
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  • Li-Rong Lilly Cheng
    San Diego State University
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Article   |   March 01, 1998
The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 4. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.4-a
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 4. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.4-a
The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus shares the Pacific Ocean. Asia Pacific is huge, both in area and in population. People from Pacific Asia speak hundreds of languages, have many different cultures, practice a variety of religions, and have huge differences in world view. They are, however, connected by the Pacific Ocean, the largest body of water.
The primary mission of API is to make connections among API groups, share common concerns in education, and advocate for quality speech and hearing service delivery for API populations.
The goals of API Caucus are:
  1. To be connected with API speech and hearing professionals;

  2. To set up an informal network system among members;

  3. To provide mentoring whenever needed;

  4. To collaborate on research and to exchange information;

  5. To provide support for API students in training when they encounter difficulties;

  6. To create a collective voice;

  7. To inform the ASHA Executive Board regarding concerns and challenges of API Caucus;

  8. To work other caucus groups and share common concerns;

  9. To speak up for the client population who is generally silent;

  10. To advocate for equal and quality speech and hearing services for API populations.

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