The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Collection was established in the Library of Congress Asian Division in 2007 after receiving a mandate and annual appropriation from Congress. The development of the collection was initiated by Congressman Michael Honda, after a survey of collections in the Library of Congress delineated AAPI primary and reference resources housed in twenty-six divisions. While the items in these collections are not exclusively Filipino-American, they do contain some materials pertaining to Filipino-Americans. Furthermore, much of the collection material is in English. Also included within these collections are some material in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and other Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Southeast Asian languages. The AAPI Collection consists of papers and collections from individuals and organizations such as sociologist and historian Betty Lee Sung, author Jade Snow Wong, social worker Royal Morales, author and analyst Juanita Tamayo Lott, historian E. San Juan Jr., graphic artist James N. Miho, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, playwright Velina Hasu Houston, and Mu Performing Arts. Also includes original mimeographed 1944 series of newsletters entitled Gung Ho! published by and for the 407th Service Squadron during World War II. Moreover, the collections relate chiefly to Asian American assimilation, communities, demography, education, exclusion laws, health, history, identity, immigration, labor, performing arts, and World War II internment.
These collections include correspondence, speeches, literary manuscripts, theater scripts, diaries, oral history interviews, transcripts, research papers, photographs, newspaper clippings, conference papers, symposium papers, community newsletters, organizational records, unpublished master theses, and yearbooks.
Subjects include: Amerasians; Asian adoptees; Asian American studies; Asian Americans and urban life; Boat People; cannery work; Chinatowns; communities; cultural outreach; elderly care; equal rights; the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; families; history; identity; immigration; intermarriage; labor practices; legal issues; race; performing arts and theater; refugee experience; stereotypes; student activism and organizations; war; and, war brides.