90 minute Keynote delivered to University of Wisconsin LaCrosse community. Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans have a long and rich history that spans continents and centuries, exclusion and empowerment. For far too long, much of this history has been omitted from textbooks and our collective memories. By knowing where we come from and how it impacts us today, we as a whole can envision a future that does not repeat the mistakes of the past and that learns from positive movements. Together, we can create a community and society that values everyone, no matter what their background.