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Off Deadline: Asian-Americans expand what 'community involvement' means

Original post made on Jun 2, 2017

The venerable Silicon Valley-based group Asian Americans for Community Involvement, AACI for short, is about to celebrate its 45th anniversary next year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:18 am

Thanks to all involved in AACI's lifesaving services, not just for Asians but for people of all backgrounds. Our community is a better place because of community organizations like AACI.

Posted by I Wonder
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

Does she support legal or illegal immigration? She came over legally.

I think it's great for her to share her experiences too, as Americans have no idea how good they have it here.

Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:51 am

By definition, Asian-Americans are legal American residents. Asian-Americans have been living in California since before California was part of the USA, but covfefe Americans are still questioning right to be part of American society. Every Asian-American Palo Alto resident that I know has had at least one "get out of my country" encounter with a covfefe stranger on the street or at work. Support groups like this one help to address issues that would otherwise be covered up by the mainstream media.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

I am a little confused about this group. Is the idea to help get these people more integrated into American society or is it an exclusive club to keep them isolated from non-Asians?

I can see how some newer, elderly, people might want to learn about how they may fit into the community, but giving them somewhere exclusively for them may in fact give them their own community where they don't have to experience anything than their own culture.

Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 2, 2017 at 11:36 am

@resident: I am a Chinese American whose grandparents immigrated legally. My parents were born here, I was born here. I grew up in Palo Alto beginning in the 70s in elementary school and my family experienced NO racism whatsoever in Palo Alto (yes, neighboring cities had some racism). Never, never. At Paly, the Asians were only a handful students per grade level of Chinese or Japanese descent. My boyfriend was Caucasian, my friends were Caucasian, and all the Caucasians treated me no differently. All the Asians assimilated amongst the Caucasians.

The incidents you are speaking of must be due to the major influx of Asians in Palo Alto. Back then, we were completely assimilated, while now, stereotypes have surfaced. There is a difference between being Asian born here and being simply Asian-American. Perhaps you could help some of them assimilate to the American culture for more acceptance. Frankly, I find it rude when they are all speaking Chinese and others cannot understand. Just as Americans are taught to avoid whispering because it's rude, it's rude to speak another language in front of others who cannot understand.

Posted by clarification
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

@Resident: AACI provides culturally accessible health and human services, not only for Asian Americans but for all (as stated on their website). The org does not provide services that help folks integrate into American society or to create an exclusive club. They are there to offer services where needs are not already met.

Posted by Also
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

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Posted by Also
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm

And no honking! Palo Altans do not honk unless there is an impending accident. Other cities like Belmont and San Jose have honking drivers but Palo Altans do not honk.

Posted by Get it Straight
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

The proper term for Americans of Asian descent is "Asian-American".

An Asian immigrant who has not attained citizenship is NOT an Asian-American. The proper term is "Asian National".

These terms are NOT interchangeable, since their definitions are not the same.

Posted by Get it Straight
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm

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