As an entry port for many Asian immigrants, over one third of the nation’s Asian and Pacific Americans reside in California, thus enabling California to earn the name of a “Pacific rim” state. Over 12.5% of students in California public schools are Asian and Pacific Americans. Many students of Asian and Pacific American backgrounds fill the classrooms of UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Irvine, as well as those of California State Universities. This phenomenon shows how California has undergone an enormous transformation over the last two decades. CAAPAE’s goal is to fill the leadership void among Asian and Pacific American educators and to address the important issues and needs of Asian and Pacific American education at all levels.
Since its inception in 1994, CAAPAE played an active role in various ways:
Anyone interested in the issues of Asian and Pacific American education is strongly urged to participate in the important cause of CAAPAE as it expands its scope of activities. There are many tasks to be accomplished. Suggestions for future activities are also welcomed.