Who does “Pan Asian” refer to?
There are multiple terms, often used interchangeably, to describe diverse Asian student communities on college campuses. Some of these include, Asian American (AsAm), Asian Pacific American (APA), Asian Pacific Islander (API), Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA), South Asian/Desi, just to name a few. At Dartmouth College, the term Pan Asian has been adopted as a pan-ethnic sociopolitical category intended to include any and all who may self-identify as Asian, including but not limited to South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.
Do I have to identify as "Pan Asian" to get involved with the Pan Asian community?
No - while our programs highlight the Pan Asian experience, we welcome anyone who is interested in engaging with these topics, regardless of identity. While OPAL has a strong focus on providing resources and services for Pan Asian students at Dartmouth, we also realize that to best fulfill our mission we must engage and serve all members of our campus community.