Through the COVID-19 pandemic, a long-simmering US national history of prejudice against individuals of Asian descent has surfaced in a spate of xenophobic hate. A pandemic, exposing widespread health inequities that have disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority communities, has also triggered racist rhetoric blaming COVID-19 on an often invisible, yet vital, community of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) individuals. With recognition that the terms Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander encompass a multitude of specific racial and ethnic categories and countries of descent, herein, we will refer to these communities under the collective term and abbreviation (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander [AANHPI]). Healing the hate and moving toward health equity for all requires recognizing the special challenges of this rapidly expanding population that represents the fastest-growing racial and ethnic minority group in the US. From 2000 to 2019, the AANHPI population in the US increased by 95%. Now accounting for 7% (23.2 million people) of the US population, it is projected to double by 2060.1
Koh HK, Choi JK, Caballero JB. Toward Healing and Health Equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Populations. JAMA. 2021;326(7):599–600. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.9441
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