What does it mean to be “Asian American”? Are “Asian” and “Asian American” the same thing? Is the term “Asian American” a contradiction? These questions reveal that the term “Asian American,” while seemingly simple and all-encompassing, often casts Asian Americans as a homogeneous group—rendering the complexities behind Asian American experiences invisible. This includes a broad range of challenges affecting Asian Americans of all ages and backgrounds: from workers’ and immigrants’ rights to racism, healthcare, LGBTQ issues, education, and more. Asian Americans and their predecessors have been present in the United States for four centuries, but many of their stories remain untold. This Alternative Spring Break Program will bring Asian American issues to light and inspect them with critical lenses. In this Alternative Spring Break trip, we will analyze how social, political, and economic factors affect the formation of identities and use this framework to challenge common narratives about Asian Americans. First, we will explore Asian American identities, the history of Asians in America, and the Asian American Movement. Then, we will use this knowledge to study a broad range of contemporary campaigns such as workers’ and immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, and educational and socioeconomic disparities. We will also explore how Asian Americans have organized together across cultures to build solidarity and fight for justice. By exploring this spectrum, we will examine our own commonalities with these issues, regardless of our ethnic or cultural background. We will also explore these topics through different avenues of activism—art, community organizing, health services, and more—and learn the many ways we can take action. Over a span of seven days, we will be visiting Asian American community members and organizations in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, investigating how today’s activism is taking shape. Our trip includes service opportunities, historical tours, question and answer sessions with prominent Asian American activists, and more. We’ll work alongside other Stanford activists, grassroots non-profit organizations, and our activist elders. Ultimately, this trip aims to promote public service approaches to addressing inequities amongst social groups within the Asian American diaspora, other minority groups, and American society at large.