Jigme UgenJigme Ugen is president of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance.
Over 2 million Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) work in healthcare, transportation and service industries.
Chinese immigrant workers can be traced back to the California Gold Rush in the 1840s and, later, in the mining and railroad industries.
In 1982, 27-year-old Vincent Chin, a Chinese American who was celebrating his bachelor party in Detroit, was bludgeoned to death by two white autoworkers.
For a majority of Americans, every Asian is Chinese just like every brown person is a Muslim and every Latinx is Mexican.