Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies


  • Connect with students, professors, faculty, and alumni to (eventually) start an Asian American Studies Program.
  • Research the history of ASAM Studies at Princeton and reach out to alumni to learn about their involvement in ASAM Studies movements.

Progress and Accomplishments in 2014-2015

  • Held a speaker series, consisting of 2 talks, one from Prof. Sharon Lee of NYU about transnational beauty standards, and one from Prof. Thea Abu El-Haj about Palestinian American youth in her lecture
  • Published the first issue of Unfound: the Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies, in early 2015
  • A record THREE courses in Asian American Studies were offered this spring
    • HIS 270/AMS 370: Asian American History (HA) with Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton’s new Asian American studies professor in the history department
    • AAS 223: Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet (LA) with Prof. Anne Cheng
    • EAS 338/POL 354/AMS 356: Asian Wars, American Politics, Hollywood Cinema (SA) with Prof. David Leheny
  • We continued to receive press coverage within the Princeton community for the Asian American Studies Committee’s pursuit of an ethnic studies program
    Student Cultural Groups: Asian American Students Association
    Though search continues, Asian American Studies professorship still vacant
    Report on Latino and Asian American studies finds room for change
  • Published, with Princeton Latinos y Amigos, a report on ethnic studies at Princeton to push administrators to strengthen Asian American studies and Latino studies programs. Administrators responded constructively to the report, and we are continuing to talk with them about the future of ethnic studies at Princeton.
  • Commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1995 ethnic studies sit-in with a panel entitled “Ethnic Studies Then & Now.” The panel consisted of three alumni who participated in the sit-in: Ron Kim ’96, Christopher Wheat ’95, and Cindy Wong ’96.

Progress and Accomplishments in 2013-2014

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About the Chair

Rebecca Weng

rebeccaHi! My name is Rebecca. I’m a sophomore from NYC still exploring the various departments available in the Orange Bubble, including Sociology, East Asian Studies, and English. I also love origami, crocheting, crafting, journaling, and cheering on my friends in their incredible endeavors.

Finding AASA and ASAM made my freshman year worthwhile. We joke that we’re bothering people when we table in Frist Campus Center, but our goal is to make people pay attention to Princeton’s longstanding need and desire for an Asian American Studies Program. We have a history, and the telling of our story would benefit the undergraduate population as well as the faculty and the university’s community as a whole.

Thanks for checking AASA out!