Families with both elderly individuals and young children filled the gymnasium in semi-formal clothing, deeply anticipating to see their brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, cousins and friends on stage. While families waited for the first performance, a slideshow of the events PISA held within the past year was displayed. Debuting the event was a Fijian number by the PISA girls, who wore black shirts and skirts, had black face paint on each cheek and used paddles for their dance. Intertwined between each dance performance were raffle giveaways for gift baskets and presentations given by club members to inform audience members about a Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian figure. The first presentation was about general statistics of Asian Pacific Islanders given by Hunkin.
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Are we still talking about domestic violence, or are we letting race take over the conversation? Racial assumptions are made about domestic abusers and survivors every day, and they are active obstacles for domestic violence survivors. In some cases, these stereotypes have also prevented survivors from receiving the same assistance, making it even harder for them to leave their abusive relationships. Compare that to the general statistic that one-in-four women in the United States will experience some form of partner abuse. These numbers are significantly disproportionate, and stereotypes play a huge role. For example, a Catholic Korean would not have the same experiences as a Muslim Indonesian. Pacific Islanders are also sometimes lumped under the Asian umbrella.
Asian American / Pacific Islander
Stereotypes are damaging because they reduce the identities and experiences of a diverse group of people into oversimplified ideas and caricatures. Two are particularly offensive and damage how people perceive individuals and the AAPI community. One stereotype is that all Asian Americans are of the same background or national heritage. Many people are either unable or unwilling to distinguish between different Asian ethnicities such as Japanese American, Chinese American, Filipino American, Indonesian American, etc.
Although the media are covering the lives, stories and issues of LGBT people more frequently, and often in a more fair, accurate and balanced manner, repeatedly API LGBT voices, perspectives and opinions are left out of the picture. Furthermore when APIs are represented, they are presented stereotypical, exoticized or as the "china doll", which reinforces stereotypes of APIs being silent, demure and sexual objects. Stories and opinion pieces by the API community are good opportunities to increase the diversity of voices in the media.