PAPA’s membership is composed of people of Pan-Asian descent, which we understand to non-exhaustively include: Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian, Central Asian, Indo-Carribean, and multi-racial. As a community of many different cultures, ethnicities, and lived experiences coming together under a single banner, we care more about self-determination than trying to encompass the fullness of our community under a single perfect phrase. If you identify as Asian, we welcome you to join us. Beyond this shared racial identity, PAPA’s members are all involved in the Philadelphia-region as artists, administrators, technicians, curators, funders, academics, hobbyists, audience members, and more. PAPA centers its members in all of its activities.
PAPA’s work is built from the expressed vision and needs of its members and implemented by the hands of its members, some as staff and many as volunteers. While other communities within Philadelphia are often invited into PAPA’s processes and participate in and benefit from PAPA’s work, our programming is always developed with the vision and needs of the membership at the core.
PAPA’s influence on the Philadelphia art scene and the city-at-large is both a natural and intentional extension of its activities in service of the membership. Through our work we create a wider understanding and appreciation of Asian and Asian American art and culture; support, advocate, and care for the wider Asian and Asian American communities in the Philadelphia region; and build solidarity in practice with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color in the fight for racial and economic justice.