Why the Asian-Pacific Islander Label is Inaccurate

By: Lucy Hu | I grew up surrounded by “Pasifika” culture. Soaking up the languages, celebrating Samoan dance at festivals, eating delicious Tongan food, and even watching satirical “brown TV.” The shows, food, and culture weren’t spectacles — they were simply a part of New Zealand life.

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 Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health

By: Kathy Ko Chin | As an immigrants’ rights advocate working on health policy, I and my organization, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), are constantly faced with the concept that people of color are perpetual foreigners, not “real” Americans.

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 Legislators Introduce Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

By Big Island Now | Sens. Mazie K. Hirono and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) introduced the Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (or “Shingles Prevention Act”)—bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would eliminate Medicare Part D beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket costs for the shingles vaccine and raise awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated.

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