Asian/Pacific American communication studies (APACS) is an interdisciplinary subfield of communication studies. APACS scholars study a wide range of topics involving Asian/Pacific Americans in the United States and abroad. The term Asian Americans refers to U.S. citizens and residents who have their heritage in the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. The term Pacific Americans applies to those who have origins in Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, including Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Guamanian or Chamorro, Fijian, Tongan, or Marshallese peoples. [Page 60]Together, Asian/Pacific Americans is a pan-ethnic grouping that encompasses numerous cultures and peoples. APACS examines the role of communication in both creating and transforming the social conditions and experiences of diverse Asian/Pacific Americans with the aim of improving their lives and their ...
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