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For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC News is taking a closer look at some of the terminology used when discussing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in order to better understand why certain words and phrases are (or aren’t) used.

What is the difference between “Asian American” and “Asian American and Pacific Islander”?

Before Asian Americans starting calling themselves “Asian Americans,” others used the demeaning term “Oriental.”

This also means developing more Asian American stories and not just slotting Asian Americans into white-centered narratives.

Recent research, however, has been critical of such “acclaims” of Asian Americans as the model minority, contending that the socioeconomic success of Asian Americans has been exaggerated.

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