Areas of Study

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

 

The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program (AAADS) is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of historical and contemporary experiences of Americans of Asian ancestry, and the framing of this knowledge and critical understanding within local, national, and global contexts. Tracing its genealogy to the Third World Strike and the formation of the field of Ethnic Studies in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Asian American Studies program initially centered on domestic U.S. concerns regarding the political, economic, and cultural challenges confronting people of Asian descent and their struggles for inclusion and advancement in U.S. society. While retaining its original commitment to community empowerment through socially engaged research, teaching, and service, the program has broadened its scope to encompass issues of transnationality and diaspora in response to geopolitical and demographic shifts.

Reflecting the collective strengths of our faculty, our curriculum offers students a deeper understanding of the histories and contemporary realities of the different ethnic groups that comprise the “Asian American” category. Through classroom-based and experiential learning, our students engage with critical issues such as labor, migration, health, representation and cultural production, education, religion, class, gender, generation, law, public policy, and social activism.

 

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Faculty in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

Hatem Bazian, Lecturer
Arab and Arab American Studies; Colonialism and Post-Colonial Studies; Comparative Liberation Theologies; Critical Race Theory; Muslim American Studies; Palestine Studies
Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor
Adoption; Asian American History; Gender; Migration; Nursing; Philippine and Filipino American Studies
Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor
Ethnicity; Immigration; Race; Religion
Harvey Dong, Lecturer
Chinese American); Contemporary Community Issues; History (Asian American
Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Lecturer
API Educational Issues; Japanese American History
Anna Leong, Lecturer
Asian American literature; Ethnic American literature; Writing instruction
Michael Omi, Associate Professor
Comparative Racialization; Racial Theory and Politics; Racial/Ethnic Classification and Identity
Lok Siu, Associate Professor
and Gender Formation; Asians in the Americas; Cultural Citizenship; Cultural Politics of Food; Ethnic; Ethnography; Migration; Racial; Transnationalism; Un/Belonging
Khatharya Um, Associate Professor
access and education of racialized minorities in American public schools; conflict and post conflict studies and genocide studies; post-colonial; refugee migration; Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian American Studies; transnational and diaspora studies
Keiko Yamanaka, Continuing Lecturer
Gender & generation; transnational migration in Asia