A Groundbreaking New Course: Understanding the Complexity of the Asian American Pacific Islander Experience

Apr 29, 2024

With over two decades of experience in the educational sector, Hideko Akashi, founder and lead consultant at Liberation Consulting, has been a steadfast advocate for diversity, privilege, social justice, inclusion and equity. Now, she’s opening a new chapter with the release of her groundbreaking course titled “Understanding the Complexity of the Asian American Pacific Islander Experience.”

Developed in partnership with SunShower Learning, this course is not merely a collection of lessons; it’s a deeply personal narrative woven together with immersive content and engaging activities. Through Hideko’s own journey and extensive professional experience, participants are invited to delve into the intricate tapestry of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) experience. Each module serves as a window into the challenges and triumphs of the AAPI community, illuminating the broader societal issues at play.

By bridging the gap between personal experiences and systemic realities, Hideko aims to cultivate empathy, understanding and meaningful change. She emphasizes the pivotal role institutions play in fostering equitable and inclusive environments, urging participants to become catalysts for positive transformation within themselves and their communities. 

[Read more about the course on the Sunshower Learning product page

Join Hideko on this transformative journey as we explore the richness and complexity of the AAPI experience. Together, let’s forge a path towards a more inclusive and equitable society, where every voice is heard and valued.

 Course modules

  • Immigration
  • Assimilation
  • Invisibility
  • The Model Minority Myth
  • Internalization 

  Learning objectives 

  • Explore the complexity and diversity of the AAPI community
  • Understand the historical immigration patterns of Asian American Pacific Islanders to the US and their impact on contemporary communities
  • Explore cultural assimilation’s influence on Asian American Pacific Islanders’ identities and societal integration
  • Gain skills in identifying, understanding and challenging historical stereotypes about Asian American Pacific Islanders
  • Recognize the importance of intersectionality
  • Recognize the challenges of AAPI invisibility in media, politics and leadership roles
  • Critically analyze the Model Minority Myth and its impact on AAPI communities
  • Develop deeper cultural awareness and empathy