APIDA stands for Asian Pacific Islander & Desi American while AMEMSA stands for Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian. Both are political identities that attempt to build identity around shared experiences of racism in the United States. While the term Asian American was coined as a political identity during the Third World Liberation Front in 1968, it has evolved into a term that means East Asian Americans rather than all. Furthermore, this also may exclude Middle Eastern Americans. While this debate is ongoing, resources for both APIDA and AMEMSA folks are pooled together in this section to be as inclusive as possible.
This note is to advise readers that the content throughout this research guide addresses race-based harm and/or violence towards Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
This guide is not exhaustive. We intentionally include only resources available for free or that are accessible online to the Tufts community.